What is Educaring?


From the RIE® website:

“Incorporating a deep respect and appreciation of the baby as more than a helpless object, Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach encourages infants and adults to trust each other, learn to problem solve, and embrace their ability for self-discovery. When allowed to unfold in their own way and in their own time, children discover and inspire the best in themselves and in others.

In order to foster quality care, RIE® encourages:
  • Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner
  • An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing
  • Time for uninterrupted play
  • Freedom to explore and interact with other infants
  • Involvement of the child in all care activities to allow the child to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient
  • Sensitive observation of the child in order to understand his or her needs
  • Consistency, clearly defined limits and expectations to develop discipline

The Educaring Approach fosters an authentic sense of self and lays a foundation for secure relationships, enduring curiosity, and lasting self-confidence to support infants to be:

  • Secure
  • Competent
  • Confident
  • Curious
  • Cheerful
  • Attentive
  • Exploring
  • Cooperative
  • Peaceful
  • Focused
  • Self-initiating
  • Resourceful
  • Involved
  • Inner-directed
  • Aware
  • Interested.”


Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach is different from other caregiving philosophies in that it places trust in the infant for knowing how and when to develop.  We caregivers do not consider it our responsibility to “teach” children how to move, play, or learn.  Instead, it is our responsibility to provide a safe environment conducive to self-initiated play and discovery.  Magda Gerber placed emphasis on the quality of the relationship between caregiver and child, and had many specific suggestions for how to make that relationship as respectful and reciprocal as possible.

If you would like to learn more about this Approach, I recommend checking out the book Your Self Confident Baby.  There is also lots of great information at Janet Lansbury’s blog.


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