'A baby is a traveller in a new landscape and is devoted to making new discoveries about the world without being quite sure what those discoveries will be… a keen observer of babies will see this little traveller' (Gopnik, 2009, p.126).
As our early childhood environments are also new landscapes for babies, we should ensure we prepare a beautiful world for babies.
We should also, be prepared for, and embrace, each infant's, ways of being, their routines and rhythms and not expect her or him to fit in with ours. We should create places and spaces for repose and rest, for being well-fed, to be social, to play, discover, explore and experience. A place for feeling loved, respected and secure, and for feeling a sense of belonging, being and becoming.
This presentation is for those working with babies who wish to make their approaches more responsive, more attuned and more beautiful.
On completion of this workshop you will be able to:
- Meet with each child’s family to establish a supportive and respectful relationship and to gather relevant information about the child and the family context that will inform the daily routines, practice and pedagogy
- Collaborate with colleagues and families to establish a program with routines and experiences that recognise and support infant and family well-being
- Share with colleagues their understanding of the need to provide individual programs and routines that are unique and attuned to each child’s particular ways of being and disposition for learning
- Plan and create beautiful environments for babies that promote; their intellectual, physical and social-emotional development; their sense of identity, inclusion, security and to promote and enhance their play and learning
- Be inspired to specialise in infant pedagogy and continue on with their professional development to enhance their knowledge and expertise and raise awareness about the importance of creating a beautiful world for babies
THE AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS
- QA1 Educational program and practice - 1.1 to 1.3.3 inclusive
- QA2 Children’s health and safety - 2.1 to 2.2.3 inclusive
- QA3 Physical environment – 3.1 to 3.2.2 inclusive
- QA4 Staffing arrangements – 4.1 to 4.2.2 inclusive
- QA5 Relationships with children - 5.1 to 5.2.2 inclusive
- QA6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities – 6.1-6.2.2 inclusive