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 tamariki 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 kaiako takes sole responsibility for a tamariki to help them settle into their new environment and to establish a relationship with that tamariki and their whānau. This system of primary care builds a strong relationship between tamariki and kaiako adding to the security that tamariki feel within this environment. When tamariki feel secure, they feel confident to play and learn.
Infant and toddler kaiako work closely together, openly communicating with each other to develop a consistent routine for each tamariki. This consistency from a primary and secondary caregiver, builds relational trust for the tamariki – that their needs will be met as they require, which helps them to feel safe to explore.