What Is This Resource?

This teaching practice list outlines teaching practices for supporting infants and toddlers, aged birth through to 3 years. The collaborative project to develop the infant and toddler list is an extension of the teaching practice project and resulting list developed by McLaughlin, Aspden, and McLachlan (2015) for young children. The infant and toddler list is organised under seven broad areas of early childhood pedagogy: (1) relationships; (2) environment; (3) social–emotional teaching; (4) intentional teaching; (5) competent and confident learners; (6) responsive caregiving; and (7) transition. Within each area there are additional sections (a total of 32 sections) that highlight key areas of practice and provide guidance for appropriate strategies for supporting infant and toddlers.

How do I use This Resource?

The practice list can be used as a resource to gain ideas about potential practices or as a self-reflection tool to consider areas for professional growth. The list can offer a great starting point for team discussions, to build shared understandings of team practice, as well as individual reflection. The list is not intended to be exhaustive and professional judgement should be used to select teaching practices most relevant and appropriate for your local community and context.

citation

McLaughlin, T., Aspden, K., & McLachlan, C. (2015). Teaching practices to promote children’s learning and social-emotional competence. Unpublished practice list. Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand.

Check out these Additional References

Aspden, K., Clarke, L., & McLaughlin, T. (2019, in press). Transitions as opportunities: Teaching practices to support major transitions for infants and toddlers. The First Years: Ngā Tau Tuatahi.

Clarke, L., Aspden, K, & McLaughlin, T. (2018). Teachers’ perspectives on how to support and promote toddlers’ learning during peer conflicts. The First Years: Ngā Tau Tuatahi, 20 (2), 19-26

McLaughlin, T., Aspden, K., & McLachlan, C. (2015). Teaching practices to promote children’s learning and social-emotional competence. Unpublished practice list. Institute of Education, Massey University, New Zealand. [Access here]