Teaching and Learning: A Matter of Respect

Teaching and Learning: A Matter of Respect Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten
06 Dec 2015

We believe that our work with young children is incredibly important. This is based on our understanding that the way we are with babies and young children greatly influences the adult they will become. Because of this, at Nurture we work incredibly hard to create an environment, and indeed a culture, that values trust and respect.

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


Check out these blog posts from other like minded people for more information:

Teacher Tom's Blog

Deborah Carlisle Solomon

Janet Lansbury

Joe Bower



Hannah is Co-owner of Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten and manages the business operations. Hannah’s career began in science where she specialised in paediatrics. Her interest in Early Years Education is borne from a passion for research, with a particular focus on the birth to five age range. One of Hannah’s favourite things about Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten is seeing the extraordinary development of children in such a rich natural environment. She has a passion for progressive and alternative education. Hannah believes the outdoors offers the ideal environment to foster a life-long love of learning in children. In her spare time Hannah enjoys walks in the woods.

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