Play in Matrixes of Oppression and Attachment

The discourse of child care cannot and must not be removed from the discourse of economic practice, and those who wish to promote competent and compassionate childcare must advocate structural nonviolence within the community, via open access and open source resource economics as facilitated by direct cybernetic democracy. I once overheard my friend tell theirContinue reading “Play in Matrixes of Oppression and Attachment”

The Art of Cybernetic Care

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. Ernst Fischer. A personal skill of mine is humorous recognition of the duality of human nature. This is very valuable when addressing a confrontational situation betweenContinue reading “The Art of Cybernetic Care”

Exploring Autism

Excerpt from an assignment which explores a “special need”.  Selected “special need”: Autism. In posting it here, I’ve left out some of the more technical bits which anybody who’s studied autism will already know by heart. Every person has needs which are special or unique to them. While compartmentalisation  serves to further a technical understandingContinue reading “Exploring Autism”

Systems of Attachment – The Conscientious Data Flow Between Practitioners, Caregivers and Children (text)

American mathematician and philosopher Norbert Wiener defined cybernetics in 1948 as “the scientific study of control and communication in the animal and the machine.” Throughout this report I will refer to the relationship between the child, practitioners, caregivers and space as a cybernetic system. Cybernetics is a transdisciplinary approach for exploring regulatory systems— in thisContinue reading “Systems of Attachment – The Conscientious Data Flow Between Practitioners, Caregivers and Children (text)”

Systems of Attachment – the Conscientious Data Flow Between Practitioners, Caregivers and Children

Just as the curriculum is mediated to meet the needs of individual children, how one communicates must also be tailored.​ – Moyles, 2006.  “Communication is embedded in the child’s social development and is the basis for her relationships with parents, siblings, peers, significant adults, extended family and all the other social relationships she will experience.”Continue reading “Systems of Attachment – the Conscientious Data Flow Between Practitioners, Caregivers and Children”

The Impact of the Economy on the Setting

Economy is the foundation of culture: the way in which a society organises the management of its resources underpins the emergent features of that society. When we remember that the Greek origin of the word “economy” or “oikonomía” literally means “management of the household,” it follows naturally that an economy created with the primary purposeContinue reading “The Impact of the Economy on the Setting”

Nonviolence as a Key to Relating with Systems – The Satyagraha of Cybernetics

Everything is a system, larger systems are made up of smaller systems, people are systems, the daycare where I work is a system, and the small children running around are systems as well. And the really wonderful thing about living systems is how much they can reveal themselves to be increasingly complex, and increasingly understandable.Continue reading “Nonviolence as a Key to Relating with Systems – The Satyagraha of Cybernetics”

Reflective Practice Exemplified for the Consideration of Nonviolent Childcare

I had to switch work placements halfway through my training due to my family moving to another town, an hour’s irregular bus ride away.  In my time at my first work placement, I recognise that there had been a number of occasions in which I found the responses of certain members of staff to beContinue reading “Reflective Practice Exemplified for the Consideration of Nonviolent Childcare”

The importance of effective personal and professional reflection and how it informs our ability to do justice by those we interact with

Like children in Piaget’s model for developing schemas, we process our experiences mindfully by recreating them within ourselves. Each of the four stages of Kolb’s cycle for experiential learning provide a basis for reflections and observations, which, once assimilated into abstract concepts with implications for action, enable actively present participation in the creation of newContinue reading “The importance of effective personal and professional reflection and how it informs our ability to do justice by those we interact with”

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