Our First Nanny Up session was a huge success!

Early Childhood Educator Robin Jurs shared stories from her rich background to help us better understand the concept of the competent child.

Here are a few takeaways from Robin’s session:

The basis of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is the belief that children and adults are all partners in the learning process. Learning comes from a child’s experience, and as educators, our role is to enlarge this experience.

Just one example of implementing this concept is to provide a sensory experience, such as introducing finger painting to a 9-month-old. You would then talk to the child about what he/she is doing without directing his/her actions. An example of this would be, “that looks slippery” or “show me your hand.”

Tips to remember:

  1. Step back and listen to what a child is saying
  2. Observe more
  3. Get less involved in managing
  4. Never let yourself stop being curious about what the child is doing.

As always, we appreciate Robin taking the time to educate and share her experiences with us!

We look forward to our next session on November 19th . For more information click here.

Suggested reading:

  • NAEYC – Developmentally Appropriate Practice  (For school setting, but helpful at outlining stages of child development)
  • Five Reasons to Stop Saying ‘Good Job’! By Alfie Kohn


Check out our other upcoming trainings!