Guidance for parents and caregivers

that respects the needs of babies

and the adults around them,

allowing secure attachment

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


This course is being held online during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Parent Support During COVID-19

If the pandemic has you feeling overwhelmed, you aren't alone. I have teamed up with several colleagues to offer a limited number of free parent support sessions to those of you experiencing financial pressure.

You can book a session on any topic relating to infants or toddlers. We look forward to being your listening ear during this difficult time. 

Career Skills for Nannies

Are you looking to improve your skills at the business aspects of being a nanny? Learn from successful career nannies in this workshop, taught the day after each of my Nurturing Nanny courses.

Topics covered include: 

  • finding families that align with your values and appreciate your skills

  • determining the appropriate hourly rate for your education and experience

  • developing a professional resume

  • preparing for interviews

  • creating a contract, with examples

  • getting paid over the table to secure your financial future

  • working as a fluid, respectful team with parents, other nannies, and household staff

  • saying goodbye to the child and family when the time comes

This course is being held online during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Phone Consulting

The COVID-19 pandemic requires families to stay home to protect themselves and others. This is an unusual challenge for parents and children that I would like to offer support for via phone or video consults. I am also temporarily decreasing my rate from $100/hour to $75/hour.

I would love to help you with:

  • advice & support for staying home with children 24/7

  • help processing children's big emotions about sickness & changes in routine

  • sleep consulting

  • guidance on creating the best possible indoor and backyard environment

  • anything else that is on your mind as a parent during this time

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.


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.




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.



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 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.


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


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.


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.


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

© 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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