Introducing Mohi ruma kete – our infant & toddler area

Our approach to teaching and learning is based on our utmost respect for the child. At Ashburton Baptist Preschool, we believe that it is essential that our Christian philosophy, guides us in everything we do. We implement a peaceful curriculum and endeavour to provide an environment which allows children to discover as much as possible for themselves.

As an infant’s brain is growing and developing all the time we nurture this through loving, responsive, reciprocal and respectful practices. Our approach to teaching and learning is based on our utmost respect for the child We promote free movement for infants, giving them the space and time to learn and practice skills for themselves, in order to progress to their next stage of development in their own time.

Our team pays special attention to care-giving moments, such as sleep-times, meal-times, and when they need to be changed, as these involve valuable one-on-one interactions with the child. The child is encouraged to be an active participant in these moments. We practice primary care-giving, in order for the infant/toddler to form an attachment with an adult in our setting. This aids the child’s transition into the centre as they cope with change and helps to build trusting relationships with that teacher and others in the setting.

We have been inspired by the ideas of Magda Gerber and Dr. Emmi Pikler, that encourage respectful practice with children, foster their independence, and empower the child in a nurturing environment. We use this peaceful approach involving respect and empowerment in order to build self-confident children. These ideas correspond with the Christian culture of our setting as well as with the principles and strands of Te Whāriki, The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, which governs our practice.

Click here to see some of our children in action.