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