The infant and toddler programme at Inspiring Minds is inspired by the practice of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber. This practice is based on respect. We allow children the time, space, freedom, and support to be themselves and discover the world in their own way. Relationships are the foundation of all that we do at Inspiring Minds. We use a Primary Care system where one teacher takes sole responsibility for a child to help them settle into their new environment and to establish a relationship with that child and their whanau. This system of primary care builds a strong relationship between child and teacher adding to the security a child feels within this environment. When a child feels secure they feel confident to play and learn.
Infant and toddler teachers work closely together, openly communicating with each other to develop a consistent routine for each child. This consistency from a primary and secondary caregiver, builds a child’s trust that their needs will be met as they require, which helps the child to feel safe to explore.