Our Infant teachers are passionate about the RIE philosophy. The basis of Magda's Gerber's RIE philosophy is respect for, and trust in the baby to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self learner. We strive to achieve this on our day to day practice as we care for your children.
We speak in our authentic voices (though abit more slowly with babies and toddlers), use real words and talk about real things, especially things that directly pertain to our babies and that are happening now. We encourage babies to build communication skills by asking them questions, affording them plenty of time to respond, always acknowledge their communication.
We invite babies to actively participate in caregiving, like diapering, meals and bedtime rituals and give them our full attention during these activities. This inclusion and focused attention nurtures our teacher-child relationship, providing children the sense of security they need to be able to separate and engage in self-directed play.
We understand the power of our modeling and recognize that our children are learning from us through our every word and action about love, relationships, empathy, generosity, gratitude, patience, tolerance, kindness, honesty and respect. Most profoundly, they’re learning about themselves, their abilities and their worth, their place in our hearts and in the world.
We encourage uninterrupted self-directed play offering even the youngest infants free play opportunities, sensitively observing so as not to needlessly interrupt, and trusting that our child’s play choices are enough. Perfect, actually.
We recognize that children need confident, empathic leaders and clear boundaries, but not shaming, distractions, punishments or time out.
We encourage children to express their emotions by openly accepting and acknowledging them.
We allow children to problem solve and learn from age appropriate conflicts with our support.
We value intrinsic motivation and inner-directness, so we acknowledge effort and take care not to over-praise. We trust our children to know themselves better than we know them, so we allow children to lead when they play and choose enrichment activities, rather than projecting our own interests. We encourage our children’s passions and support them to fulfill their dreams.