Authentic Relationships in Group Care for Infants and Toddlers : Resources for Infant Educators (RIE) Principles into Practice

Author(s): Stephanie Petrie

Early Childhood Education

Underpinned by substantive research on meeting the developmental and attachment needs of infants, this book offers constructive advice on how to encourage curiosity, confidence and emotional security in young children.

Based on a philosophy of respect and sensitive observation of infants, it is appropriate for use in Sure Start programmes. The contributors offer a model that supports children's development and well being without relying on expensive material resources, and enables a coherent care strategy to be applied across different services. They explain the main elements of the RIE approach clearly and concisely and fully explore the practicalities of its implementation in a range of settings, including state-run and independent day care and residential centres, private households and family-based day care.

The fresh and effective approach to caring for infants and toddlers outlined in this book will be welcomed by parents and day care professionals, as well as those who manage and evaluate child care provision. First published 2005.


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Stephanie Petrie has 25 years' experience as a social worker, senior practitioner and manager of children's services in statutory and independent sectors. She is now a senior lecturer in social work at the University of Liverpool, where her research interests include teenage pregnancy. Sue Owen is Director of the Early Childhood Unit of the National Children's Bureau. She is author of Ambition for Change: Partnerships, Children and Work with Ann Jamieson.

Introduction, Stephanie Petrie, University of Liverpool and Sue Owen, National Children's Bureau. 1. The Work of Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber, Stephanie Petrie. 2. RIE Principles and Practices, Magda Gerber, RIE Founding Director, Los Angeles. 3. The RIE Early Years 'Curriculum', Ruth Money, RIE Associate, USA. 4. Using the RIE Approach in a Family Day Care Home, Catherine Coughlan, family day care provider. 5. Creating Quality Infant Group Care Programs, Polly Elam, RIE Associate, USA. 6. RIE Parent-Infant Guidance Classes, Elizabeth Memel, RIE Associate and Lee Fernandez. 7. Mutual Respect and Trust: The Role of the Mentor in RIE, Polly Elam. 8. The Applicability of the Pikler/Gerber Approach in the UK Context, Sue Owen and Stephanie Petrie. Glossary. References. Subject Index. Author Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781843101178
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : January 2005
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephanie Petrie
  • : Paperback
  • : 362.7
  • : 160
  • : Illustrations