RIE Approach for Infants and Toddlers


RIE or 'Resources for Infant Educarers' was cofounded in 1978 by Magda Gerber and Tom Forrest. This method prides itself in advocating for a "Do Less, Observe More" urging teachers and parents to take cues from their infants and therefore opening the possiblities to see and experience the world as the child does. 

"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"

 (You can learn more at the RIE website: http://www.rie.org/educaring)