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Introduction to Respectful Caregiving

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This is the place to start!


Introduction to Respectful Caregiving provides an overview of the philosophy practiced at Respectful Caregiving. In this short course, you will learn the meaning of "balanced families, secure babies," and how this approach helps parents and professional caregivers achieve these goals.


Topics covered include: 

  • respecting the authentically developing child

  • using sensitive observation to understand infants and toddlers and share in their joys

  • trusting infants' ability to seek and guide their own learning

  • balancing nurturing closeness with independence

  • inviting infants and toddlers to participate and connect during caregiving routines

  • creating a safe and challenging environment for exploration

  • allowing infants time to play and control over their play agenda

  • setting clear, firm, and compassionate limits

  • balancing the needs of the entire family and community around them

  • respecting and valuing differences

Each of the above topics and more are covered via short videos that will give you an idea what this approach can bring to the time you spend with children: more ease, less pressure to perform (for both you and the child), and more shared joy

Practical Information, At Your Own Pace


This self-paced course is offered entirely online and consists of approximately 2 hours of recorded lecture. At the end, you will take a test to demonstrate your knowledge. Students who pass the test will receive a full-color PDF certificate to print for their portfolios. There are also optional journal questions, which you can reflect on privately or submit for feedback. 

What's Included

Your registration for the online course includes ongoing access to:

  • XXX videos of lecture, around 2 hours total

  • optional journal prompts for reflection and self-growth

  • a test to demonstrate your understanding of the content

  • a full-color, professional certificate, emailed to you once you pass the test

  • upon completion of the course, one free month of membership at Respectful Caregiving

People who have taken the course say...

"While I have previously learned about attachment theory in psychology classes, Christina Vlinder's "Attachment Theory for Nannies" course is a valuable source for new information on attachment from the perspective of a child care provider. Furthermore, the course demonstrates concrete ways that I can apply the research on attachment theory in my professional behavior and offers suggestions for other resources that may benefit nannies like myself."

"It was great. I'm a postpartum doula and it helped me understand attachment theories."

"I love how Christina presents the materials and how her own experience is weaved into it."

"Christina is wonderful. Her approach to teaching comes from a caring and helpful place."

"If every nanny (even those with experience) could take this course, we would be one giant step closer to creating a world in which future generations have a greater sense of emotional and mental well-being. The self-paced aspect, engaging presentation, and certification at this price point were exactly what I needed to reengage my passion and inspire me to pursue more RIE-based education through Christina's other courses!"

Other Offerings

Individual Coaching
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Schedule one-on-one help with preparing for interviews, building your resume, or troubleshooting issues on the job.

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*BLURB ABOUT COURSE GOES HERE* (also the other offerings next to this are very nanny specific so maybe different links here...?)

Career Skills For Nannies

Learn business skills like how to build a resume, create a contract, communicate about issues with families in this self-paced online course.

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