RIE® Certified Programs







RIE® Certified Programs for Parents and Professionals

As a RIE® Associate, Sharon facilitates the following RIE® Certified programs:

  • Introduction to Educaring®
    (Offered through ZOOM)
  • This 3-hour online course offers an overview of Educaring. Topics include trust in the child, the guidelines of sensitive caregiving, facilitating optimal development through play, and communicating respect for children through our everyday interactions with them.

  • Nurturing Nanny™
  • This course is designed for home-based carers and nannies. It offers practical suggestions and information that can help make this work even more enjoyable. It is designed to encourage you to work more effectively and pleasurably. Study topics include: 


    • Nappy changing, dressing, and feeding with respect
    • Creating safe places for play and learning
    • The caregiver’s role during play
    • Setting appropriate limits
    • Establishing a healthy sleep routine
    • Supporting secure relationships
    • Enhancing employee-employer relations
  • Before Baby™
    • This is an introductory course for expectant parents or people thinking about becoming a parent. Before Baby™ is designed to start you on your journey with confidence in yourself as a parent and trust in your baby’s unique ability to show you the way.
      Before Baby™ will help you to establish healthy patterns from the beginning of life and discusses aspects around:


      • Nappy changing
      • Bathing
      • Feeding
      • Other time together
      • What crying means and how to respond
      • Sleep for baby and parents
      • Setting up the nursery
  • RIE® Certified Parent-Infant Guidance™ Classes
    • RIE® Certified Parent-Infant Guidance™ classes encourage babies to be focused, active, and aware of self and others. The class supports and encourages children’s authenticity and helps parents to be confident in their supportive role towards this great discovery. It is facilitated in small groups with parents and child(ren) coming together weekly in a relaxing, infant-friendly environment to take pleasure in observing and learning about infants’ unfolding development and play.
      • RIE® Parent and Infant Guidance™ Class Testimonials
        • “Attending the guidance classes with Sharon was an incredible opportunity for me and my daughter. Each time, I left feeling more connected to my baby and refuelled in patience and passion for philosophy. Sharon creates space for parents to observe and connect with their child, as well as providing support and time for discussion. I highly recommend the classes for learning more about RIE® and as a set time each week to commit to being 100% present with your child. (Parent L)”.
        • “As a mum of 3 boys, life is a busy place so I always looked forward to spending quiet time together with my son at our RIE® class. Every week I felt as it we were more centres and connected and I had discovered something new about him. I’ve learned how capable and competent my child is and to trust him to lead his own learning. Sharon is an incredibly passionate and professional RIE® facilitator, her calm and gentle approach has been inspiring. (Parent C)”.
  • RIE® Foundations: Theory and Observation
    • This course provides an overview of the Educaring® Approach including gross motor, fine motor, social-emotional development of the infant, designing the environment, and planning the curriculum.
      • RIE® Foundations™ Testimonials
        • “Attending the RIE® Foundations™ course is one of the best decisions I made as a mother and an ECE teacher. I gained some fabulous new lenses and tools to work with my own child and children in group care. I can’t recommend it more to parents and teachers alike! (Student P)”.
        • “I have always had a great love and understanding for the Pikler and RIE® Approach, at least I thought I did. The RIE® Foundations Theory and Observation™ course, however, showed me that I was only just scratching the surface. This was great, it was just what I needed to help rekindle my love, interest and passion again, to delve deeper and to inform and develop my own personal working knowledge of the approach. Every day there was something new and profound for me to take away and every day I left craving to learn more. (Student L)”.
        • “This course has been professionally and insightfully developed so the participants are empowered to make evidence informed decisions about the care, health, welfare and wellbeing of the infants and toddlers in their education and care services. For me this has gone beyond, by waking up in me an awareness of what has been stirring in me all these years, and why I have felt like I was swimming upstream all this time against the current. I know there is so much more, and I haven’t arrived, but it supports me in my endeavours to continue mentoring others to fulfil their passions and desires when working and being with infants and children while filling my cup too. I’d like to sincerely and respectfully thank Sharon for her dedication, time and support over the 2 weeks. I have appreciated her role modelling, sense of peace, unhurried pace, safety and sacred space that she created and maintained throughout our time together, that enabled us to be who we are and share within the safety and boundaries of the group. Thank you once again, as it has been life changing for me, and now particularly as a parent and a grandparent, I can hopefully pass on treasures I know will last a lifetime and beyond. (Student Z, 2022)”.