Vol. 18 No. 1 (2021): n° 1 gennaio-giugno 2021
Dossier. Family relations and parenting in a time of Covid-19

I genitori, educatori naturali

Agnese Infantino
Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione R.Massa, Università Milano Bicocca

Published 2021-06-19


  • children’s education,
  • Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services,
  • educational role,
  • professional competence,
  • parent-educator relationship

How to Cite

Infantino, A. (2021). I genitori, educatori naturali. Rivista Italiana Di Educazione Familiare, 18(1), 193–208. https://doi.org/10.36253/rief-8858


This paper focuses on the experience in ECEC services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Educational work changed following disruption of its conventional forms. Implemented at a distance, it dematerialized and migrated to space-time coordinates that were far removed from the previously known and established. One key challenge for educators was managing the absence of direct contact with children and parents, now become faces with whom to dialogue via a screen. Despite the frightening, inhibiting, even intimidating nature of these developments, many educators and teachers have valued the role of parents as “natural educators”, meanwhile meeting the challenge by working with renewed commitment, within novel, and mutable, boundaries.


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