So when parents, children, researchers and other practitioners come to see what is happening at Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten, when they see children engrossed in complex building projects, engaged in water play, working confidently in nature, working together or alone without interruption, we often take a second to think about the fact that this is happening because of our trust in them to develop and the confidence and trust that comes through this.
Teacher Tom takes a similar view, trusting children to take the lead and understanding that our role as teachers is to facilitate. After all, “to be a ‘gifted’ teacher is really just possessing the knowledge that children are people and then proceeding to treat them like people, loving them, and listening” (Teacher Tom). For us, this is basic trust and respect.
Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach influences our practice daily at Nurture. We place respect firmly at the heart of our work with children. Slow down, stand back, observe – the reward that comes from remembering and putting into practice these simple ideas are astounding.
Having respect for the world is when you allow people to be what they are.Magda Gerber, Seeing Babies with New Eyes
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