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Right to Risk for Infants & Toddlers

February 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Infants, Toddlers and Two’s: Creating a responsive environment for exploration, risk and adventure that values children’s interests, skill d

Young children enter the world eager to learn—-eager to satisfy their individual passions and eager to follow their innate curiosity wherever it takes them. When a child enters our school, our first task is to provide her with secure relationships so she is safe to be herself. From that place of nurture and comfort, she is then able to venture forth and explore her world. How do we prepare the classroom and outdoor spaces so she can discover her strengths? How do we meet her expectations for fun, captivating challenges that compliment her drive for mastery? What does risk-taking in play look like in a school setting for a child at 3 months? A year? 2 years? When we recognize a child’s need for taking risks as a human right and a natural and necessary part of true learning, we shift the conversation from “safety by avoiding risk” to “safety by planning for risk.” Join us as we look at routines, rituals, and intentional space designs that support holistic development in infants, toddlers and two’s.

Cindy is the director at the Infant Toddler Children’s Center in Acton, Massachusetts. She holds a Master’s degree in child development and has spent most of her career working with children birth to four years old. She has a particular passion for spending time with toddlers, who have taught her so much about embracing an adventurous life.