Parent and Baby Classes

Influenced by Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach

Join our classes weekly for the opportunity to observe, discover and enjoy the unfolding natural abilities of your baby under the respectful guidance of a qualified early childhood educator.

Children are given the freedom to explore in a safe, nurturing and cognitively challenging environment while they learn to problem solve, be curious and interact with each other.

Parents are able to relax while their babies are supported and encouraged to become confident, cooperative and secure individuals.

Intimate groups of no more than 8 babies and their parents per class.
Groups are ongoing through the school terms and summer break until the youngest turns two.

Register for a class.

About the Educaring Approach

From the RIE website

Incorporating a deep respect and appreciation of the baby as more than a helpless object, Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach encourages infants and adults to trust each other, learn to problem solve, and embrace their ability for self-discovery. When allowed to unfold in their own way and in their own time, children discover and inspire the best in themselves and in others.

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The Educaring Approach

The Educaring Approach


In order to foster quality care, RIE® encourages:

  • Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner
  • An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing
  • Time for uninterrupted play
  • Freedom to explore and interact with other infants
  • Involvement of the child in all care activities to allow the child to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient
  • Sensitive observation of the child in order to understand his or her needs
  • Consistency, clearly defined limits and expectations to develop discipline

The Educaring Approach fosters an authentic sense of self and lays a foundation for secure relationships, enduring curiosity, and lasting self-confidence to support infants to be:

  • Secure
  • Competent
  • Confident
  • Curious
  • Cheerful
  • Attentive
  • Exploring
  • Cooperative
  • Peaceful
  • Focused
  • Self-initiating
  • Resourceful
  • Involved
  • Inner-directed
  • Aware
  • Interested


Earlier is not better.

“Earlier is not better” – Magda Gerber

Class Schedule

*Timetable for Term Three 2017*

Classes are grouped according to gross motor development, and contain up to 8 babies. They run during the school terms and continue until the youngest turns 2 years old.

Term Three runs August 4th to September 22nd.

Predictability brings about security.

“Predictability brings about security” – Magda Gerber



Babies  (aged approx. 12-16 months)

Fridays 9:00am-10:30am

*Classes are held in Tuart Hill, WA*

The toy in the child's hand is alive.

“The toy in the child’s hand is alive” – Magda Gerber

Register for a Class

If your baby is not in these age groups please contact me and I’ll put you on the waiting list. If I get enough interested parents I’m more than happy to start another class. If the current classes become full I’ll let you know when a place becomes available for you and your baby.

Parenting Workshops

We hold regular Workshops for parents and caregivers to come and learn more about Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach.

We hold a Being with Infants Workshop for anyone who is interested in becoming a more confident, relaxed and peaceful parent. This includes new parents starting in a parent and baby class, and expectant parents.

During this workshop I will provide information about Magda Gerber’s Educaring® approach including natural gross motor development, the importance of independent and uninterrupted free play, building a secure relationship through social interactions and setting up a safe, nurturing and cognitively challenging environment for your baby.

We will explain the structure of our parent and baby classes and how to use sensitive observation to discover your baby’s unique, unfolding abilities.

Our next Being with Infants Workshop :

To be confirmed

Being with Toddlers Workshop 

Would you like to see your toddler from a new perspective?

Would you like to become a more confident parent?

This workshop explores developmentally appropriate behaviours of toddlers and examines respectful parenting practices which will guide you in successfully setting limits and boundaries with your child. We will discuss Magda Gerber’s Educaring® approach and how these principles will help build your confidence and knowledge of discipline.

Our common goal is to …”raise children we not only love, but in whose company we love being”. – Magda Gerber

Our Next Being with Toddlers Workshop :

To be confirmed

If you would like to attend our next Being with Infants or Being with Toddlers event please click here:





Personal in-home consults for families by Being with Baby

Personal Consults

Are you experiencing parenting challenges ?

Caring for a baby or a toddler … or both! … can be tiring and overwhelming at times. I can help.
Being with Baby offers parents the option of one-on-one in-home private guidance sessions or phone consults, each tailored to your specific needs.

Providing assistance with any challenge such as building co-operation during caregiving routines, setting limits respectfully or creating a play space to encourage independent play. My approach is influenced by Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your family.

Please complete our

and we’ll be in contact to arrange a time.

Personal in-home consultation rate: $85 per hour.
Minimum of one and a half hours.
Travel time may be added for locations greater than 15km from Perth CBD.

Phone consultation rate: $70 per hour.
No minimum time for phone consults.


  • Resources for Infant Educarers
    Janet Lansbury
    Magda Gerber
    Peaceful Parents Confident Kids
    Raising With Respect
    Regarding Baby
    Teacher Tom
  • Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect – Magda Gerber
    Your Self-Confident Baby – Magda Gerber
    Elevating Childcare: A guide to respectful parenting – Janet Lansbury
    No Bad Kids – Janet Lansbury
    1,2,3 … the Toddler Years – Irene Van der Zande
    Baby Knows Best – Deborah Carlisle Solomon
    Respecting Babies: A new look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach – Ruth Anne Hammond
    How to talk so Kids Will Listen & How to Listen so Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
    The Whole Brain Child – Daniel J.Siegel, MD and Tine Payne Bryson, PhD
  • Janet Lansbury (2015)

Being with Baby

Borne from a desire to best raise my own children, Being with Baby is heavily influenced by Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach.

Emily McDonald earned a Bachelor of Education, specialising in  Early Childhood, and has been teaching Pre-Primary and Kindergarten at an inner-city school in Perth for the last 5 years.

In 2013 Emily travelled to Reggio Emilia, Italy to study the Reggio Emilia Approach to education.

2015 saw Emily travel with her family to Los Angeles, USA, to complete the Foundations course at the RIE Centre.
Currently enrolled in the RIE Practicum program, she will complete this over the coming year.

Living in Perth, WA, with her husband and two young boys, Emily practices the Educaring® Approach daily.

quoteGY  Working with children has always been a passion of mine.  I am fascinated by their natural curiosity and they are an absolute joy to be around.

Magda Gerber’s Educaring® approach has changed my life.  I finally feel confident in my parenting abilities, and enjoy every single moment I have with my boys.  I have been enlightened by this respectful way of being with infants, and am so grateful to Magda for sharing the Educaring® approach with me and the World.quoteGYend


Enquire for your child

Parent & Baby Classes

$195 /term

  • Current Classes
    Term 3
  • Babies
    aged approx 12-16 months

Being with Infants

$36/ea $59/cple

  • Workshop
    The Educaring® Approach
    Respectful Parenting

Being with Toddler

$85 ea

  • Workshop
    The Educaring® Approach
    Respectful Parenting


$22 ea

    Interactive Q&A Opportunities
    Solutions to Challenges


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