The purpose of this essay is to discuss key ideas that have acted upon my understanding of high-quality infnat and toddler education. The primary teaching method I will be addressing is the value of serve and return interactions, primary caregiving, attunement, and intersubjectivity. Throughout this essay, I will introduce the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of each identified concepts with the carrying out of the concepts within practices followed by lessons. I will then build links to the four principles of Te Whariki. These four principles provide the base of the early childhood curriculum. These principles include relationships, family and community, empowerment, and holistic development. Closing with what these principles and strands mean to me as a teacher.
To begin with, I will analyze the importance of serve and return interactions when cooperating with infants and toddlers.
Secondly, I will talk about the importance of the pedagogy primary caregiving
Thirdly, I will discuss attunement
Lastly, I will analyses intersubjectivity
P.28: » Infants experience unhurried and calm Caregiving practices for feeding, sleeping and nappy changing.
P.38: » Infants are carefully observed so that kaiako know individual infants well, respect their rights, and respond to communication cues and gestures, such as smiles, noises and signals of pleasure, discomfort, fear or anger