About Us

“The way we care for our babies is how they experience our love.”

Magda Gerber

The quality of care and understanding provided to children in the first three years of a child’s life has proven to be a critical period in establishing important foundations that can last their lifetime.

Magic Child is designed for parents, and early childhood professionals — carers of very young children. Based on the groundbreaking work of Magda Gerber and Dr Emmi Pikler, Magic Child provides advice and guidance, strategies and on-hand mentoring to those caring for infants and toddlers.

The work of Magic Child aims to foster healthy, secure, environments for infants and toddlers. We mentor and support parents and carers along a learning pathway to come to better understand how to connect with, or ‘tune into,’ pay attention and respond to the whole child. How we choose to relate to children in these very early years plays an integral role in the formation of their sense of self, and consequently their ongoing capability to contribute as individuals in a community.

Our strategies and principles equip adults to cultivate the child’s natural freedom of physical movement and development and also focus on establishing respectful patterns of relating to the young, to promote healthy secure relationships with mutual trust, love, kindness and acceptance.

Sharon is RIE® Associate and RIE® Mentor. A passionate advocate for improving the quality of care for infants and toddlers and respect for families, Sharon trained with Maureen Perry and Polly Elam at Resources for Infant Educarers®, and at the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

Sharon is a founding member and Chair of New Zealand Infant and Toddler Consortium, a charitable trust that also supports this respectful approach.

Sharon is also a PITC (Program for Infant and Toddler Care) certified trainer and can support early childhood programs with guidance and implementation of quality practice and processes.

Sharon offers professional development and consulting services in New Zealand and Australia. She lives in Auckland with her partner and daughter.

“This consultancy is based around people and the awareness of ourselves in the relationships we foster and grow with each other. I am a passionate advocate for our youngest citizens and their families.”

Sharon Smith, Principal