The Art of Respectful Infant-Toddler Educaring

This intensive programme is designed to enhance the skills and competencies of adults working with infants and toddlers in a group care setting. It aims to provide insights on how it is possible and practical to care for infants and toddlers in an unhurried, one-to-one respectful way based on the philosophy and principles of Magda Gerber.

Programme Objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding on the acclaimed RIE EducaringTM Approach developed by Magda Gerber and based on the work of Dr Emmi Pikler
  • Plan and implement an effective Infant-Toddler Curriculum with emphasis on reciprocal relationships guided by sensitive observations and responsive care
  • Facilitate an Infant-Toddler Educare Programme where respect is woven throughout the curriculum

Programme Outline

  • The seven basic principles of RIE's EducaringTM Approach
  • The true essence of "Relationship-Based Philosophy"
  • Supporting children's authenticity; and believing in their competency.
  • Helping infants and toddlers to develop interdependence and independence
  • Providing uninterrupted play and allowing freedom to explore & interact
  • EducaringTM through sensitive and respectful caregiving routines
  • Creating effective learning environments
  • Criteria in selecting play objects
  • Fitting the curriculum and learning in the programme


The programme includes mini-lectures, class group discussions, video viewing, experiential activities and practical coaching.

Course Duration

  • 31 Jul - 2 Aug 2013, 9 AM - 5.30 PM
  • 6 hours Practical Coaching after classroom hours (within 2 weeks)


Seminar notes and materials for all participants


Certificate of Attendance to all attendees

Facilitators’ Profile

Ruth-Ann Hammond

Ruth Anne Hammond, M.A., author of Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber's RIE Approach (2009), is a specialist in infant/toddler development and caregiving, and has been leading the Pacific Oaks Infant-Toddler/Parent Program in Pasadena since 1996. She was the past President of the Board of Directors (2005-2011) and a mentor/teacher with Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), having studied under its founder, Magda Gerber.

Ms. Hammond also teaches in the Human Development Department of Pacific Oaks College, and currently studies affective neuroscience under Dr. Allan N. Schore of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is currently an Associate of Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) since 1993 - she consults for childcare and conduct courses and trainings for parents, caregivers and other professionals. She also facilitates on-going Parent-Infant Guidance Classes in Pasadena, California, based on Magda Gerber's respectful EducaringTM Approach.

Nancy Lee-Wong

Nancy Lee-Wong is a Programme Director at Asian International College. Nancy Lee-Wong, a RIETM Inspired Practitioner, specialises in early care and education and has been working with young children since 1979. She obtained her Masters of Education (Early Childhood Education) from Monash University, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Family & Children Studies) from Edith Cowan University, Australia.

Over the years, Nancy has been actively involved in the field movement promoting the care and education of young children. She started working as an assistant teacher, becoming senior teacher and then centre director from 1986 to 2006. Currently she is an accredited trainer and practicum supervisor for Early Childhood Education and Infant-Toddler Educare, as well as a qualified infant massage instructor. Nancy supports children's authenticity and believes in their competency. She believes that "respecting children's authenticity and supporting their needs for exploration are fundamental to effective early child care and education." She stresses the importance of freedom of movement especially for infants, in order to promote learning through exploration.

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