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The Steiner approach

A description of some of the key principles underpinning Steiner education.

The Pikler/Resources for Infant Educarers™ approach

A summary of the key tenets of the Pikler/RIE philosophy of early childhood care and education.

The Reggio Emilia approach

An introduction to key concepts underpinning the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

The Montessori approach

An introduction to the key components of the Montessori approach to early childhood education.



"Early childhood perspectives are often overlooked in educational resource provision – it's fantastic to have our own information, which will help us cater for very young learners."

Gemma B, pre-school educator



Listening to children for child-centred practice

The key insights from our webinar with Marek Tesar exploring the vital role of children's voices in early childhood education.

The importance of an ECE centre’s philosophy

Nikki Gardyne from Oma Rāpeti Early Learning Centre shares their centre’s philosophy and what it means for children and their families.

An interview with Tina Tacken about the importance of observation in infant and toddler care

Tina Tacken, leader or the infant and toddler space at the AUT Childcare Centre, discusses how she balances Magda Gerber’s concept of respectful practice with the need to develop a rich language environment

An interview with Sharon Smith about the principles of RIE® and Educaring® in infant and toddler care

Infant and Toddler expert, Sharon Smith discusses how best to enable effective education and care for young children


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