Respect: A guide to calm and nurturing infant care and education


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National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA2Children’s health and safety
QA5Relationships with children
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn
3Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning


Toni Christie
Toni Christie is the Director of the Childspace Early Childhood Institute in Wellington, New Zealand. She is passionate about early childhood education, leadership, environments, infants, teamwork, communication and advocacy for children, families and early childhood educators. Toni holds a Master of Education degree from Victoria University in Wellington. Toni enjoys her many roles in life:...
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Respect—defined as treating someone or something with consideration—should be the overarching feature that underpins the values and actions of educators. This module will unpack the practicality of respect in infant and toddler programs, with particular emphasis on primary caregiving, care rituals, settling processes, free movement as well as partnerships with families.


In this module, participants will:

  • gain a thorough, in-depth knowledge of primary caregiving—what it is and is not, and how to practically implement it in a group-care setting with infants explore and discuss the settling process and the importance of building authentic partnerships with families
  • gain a thorough understanding of free movement and its practical implications in an early childhood setting
  • discuss and examine care moments and rituals and their place within infant education and care programs.

The module is ideal for all early childhood educators responsible for forming and maintaining reciprocal relationships with infants.


Duration: 2 hours