Guidance for parents and caregivers

that respects the needs of babies

and the adults around them,

allowing secure attachment relationships

and the best possible start in life.

 

Caring for a baby is an extremely important job. All babies deserve to be cared for with respect, which is the hallmark of Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. The RIE® Nurturing Nanny™ course is for in-home caregivers and offers knowledge and practical suggestions that can help make this work easier and more enjoyable, resulting in advantages for the infants and young children who receive professional care.

Designed to encourage nannies to work more effectively and pleasurably, topics of study include:

  • Diapering, dressing, and feeding with respect

  • Creating safe places for play and learning

  • The caregiver’s role during play

  • Setting appropriate limits

  • Establishing a healthy sleep routine

  • Supporting secure relationships

  • Enhancing employee-employer relations

The prenatal period is a special time when you have an opportunity to reflect and plan for your parenting journey. Before Baby™ is an introductory RIE® course for families expecting, waiting to adopt or thinking about becoming parents.  Before Baby™ is designed to start you on your family building journey with confidence in yourselves as parents and trust in your baby's unique ability to show you the way.​ 

 

Before Baby™ will help you establish healthy patterns from the beginning of life and includes:  

  • Diapering

  • Bathing

  • Feeding

  • Time Together

  • What crying means and how to respond

  • Sleep for baby and parents

  • Setting up the nursery

 

Christina Vlinder

My philosophy is inspired by the work of infant specialist Magda Gerber, who created the Educaring® Approach and founded Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®). I became a RIE® Associate in 2017 and have been studying with RIE® since 2010. I have been working with infants and older children as a nanny since 1999. I use my knowledge of the Educaring® Approach and years of experience working with children to serve families in the San Francisco Bay Area through nanny work and parent education.  

 
 

What is Educaring®?

Excerpts from Dear Parent by Magda Gerber

Respect is the basis of the Educaring® Approach.

We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.

THE BASIS OF THE EDUCARING® APPROACH:  RESPECT

Our method, guided by respect for the infant’s competence, is observation. We observe carefully to understand the infant’s communications and his needs.

The more we observe, the more we understand and appreciate the enormous amount and speed of learning that happens during the first two or three years of life. We become more humble, we teach less, and we provide an environment for learning instead.

SENSITIVE OBSERVATION

We give the infant plenty of time for uninterrupted play. Instead of trying to teachbabies new skills, we appreciate and admire what babies are actually doing.

TIME FOR

UNINTERRUPTED PLAY

AND FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

An authentic child is one who feels secure, autonomous, competent, and connected.

When we help a child to feel secure, feel appreciated, feel that “somebody is deeply, truly interested in me,” by the way we just look, the way we just listen, we influence that child’s whole personality, the way that child sees life.

OUR GOAL:

AN AUTHENTIC CHILD

Our role is to create an environment in which the child can best do all the things that the child would do naturally. As infants become more mobile, they need safe, appropriate space in which to move. Their natural, inborn desire to move should not be handicapped by the environment.

We provide an emotionally nurturing environment by responding to the child's cues and nurturing a secure attachment relationship.

A SAFE, CHALLENGING, AND EMOTIONALLY NURTURING ENVIRONMENT

We establish clearly defined limits and communicate our expectations to develop discipline.

CONSISTENCY

We have basic trust in the infant to be an initiator, to be an explorer eager to learn what he is ready for.

Because of this trust, we provide the infant with only enough help necessary to allow the child to enjoy mastery of her own actions.

TRUST IN THE INFANT’S COMPETENCE

During care activities (diapering, feeding, bathing, dressing, etc.), we encourage even the tiniest infant to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient of the activities. Parents create opportunities for interaction, cooperation, intimacy and mutual enjoyment by being wholeheartedly with the infant during the time they spend together anyway.

“Refueled” by such unhurried, pleasurable caring experiences, infants are ready to explore their environment with only minimal intervention by adults.

CAREGIVING TIMES: INVOLVING THE CHILD

We give infants the freedom to explore and interact with other infants.

TIME TO PLAY WITH PEERS

© 1998 by Magda Gerber

 
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Did you know there are now over 15 RIE® Associates, Interns, and Practicum students offering their services in the greater San Francisco Bay Area? 

 

Together we formed the Bay Area Infant Toddler Network and offer parent infant classes, consulting, and workshops. Check out the many offerings at the Bay Area Infant Toddler website!

 

Respectful Caregiving

Christina Vlinder

San Francisco Bay Area

Education for Nannies and Parents

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