RIE® Foundations™ Course
RIE® Foundations™ Course


This ten-day intensive course is for students, parents (including expectant), and professionals who want to develop and deepen their understanding of infant development and care. Course content includes an overview of Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach – gross motor, fine motor and social-emotional development of the infant – designing the environment – planning the curriculum – issues in parenting. RIE® Foundations™ training can be applied in settings such as the natural family, the childcare center, and family childcare. The format for the course includes lectures, discussions, videos and visits to infant care centers.


This course requires preparation work and post assessment, including the purchase of texts as advised by RIE® . By registering in this course you acknowledge these requirements. 
Textbooks can be purchased by clicking here.

About the Presenters

Elena Marouchos

Elena Marouchos is a Mentor Teacher at The Learning Centre (TLC), in Auckland, New Zealand. She is passionate about following a curriculum of care for infants and toddlers and exploring ways of integrating the Educaring® Approach within group care settings.  Elena completed the RIE® Foundations: Theory and Observation™ course in 2011 and has attended a summer Intensive course at the Emmi Pikler Institute in 2013.   Elena is also a board member of the New Zealand Infant Toddler Consortium (NZITC) and provides consulting services and offers seminars and workshops to a variety of audiences. 

Gail Nadal

Gail Nadal currently serves on the RIE® Board of Directors. She has worked with young children for over 25 years and has a passion for 0-3 year olds. She works for the Yolo County Office of Education as the Director of Early Childhood Education, which serves children of poverty through the county’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs as well as State preschool, and has incorporated the Educaring® Approach in all the sites. Gail serves as the Coordinator for the Local Planning Council and is a part-time instructor for the Center for Excellence in Child Development at UC Davis Extension; mentoring and coaching Family Child Care Providers serving children 0-3 years. She is part of the grassroots effort in the Sacramento area to offer RIE® Foundations™ training and workshops to the community. Gail holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership in Child Development from CSU Sacramento. 



For further information please contact the Education Hub team.