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Written by Justine Mason, CORE Education, February 2011

Infant and toddler routines are important sites for learning and development.

Routines are the activities of daily life. They can offer infants and toddlers predictability, security, trust, familiarity and anticipation. Flexible, relaxed, unhurried routines are prime times for intimate, sociable interactions that strengthen authentic relationships and connections between teachers/educators and infants and toddlers.

Children's sense of belonging and identity are affirmed when teachers/educators:

  • focus on the individual child
  • involve them as partners in the routine experience
  • ensure interactions are respectful and responsive.

The resources provided on these pages are designed to support teachers/educators to review and develop routines as opportunities to foster responsive, reciprocal, and respectful relationships with infants and toddlers and families/whānau.


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