Our centres aim to provide a home-like atmosphere within a caring and stimulating environment. Parents or guardians are able to ask for information at any time about the activities and experiences offered, our philosophy about learning and child development outcomes, and how we intend that the outcomes will be achieved. The staff strive to build a trusting and secure setting for both children and parents. Our program is based on the philosophy of Emergent Curriculum.
In a centre that celebrates children, a great way to program is by using Emergent Curriculum. This means that the learning that occurs emerges from the interest of the children. Teachers act as facilitators to provide directions for learning within the topic, expansion projects and extension ideas. The environment becomes a learning hub that is creative and stimulating for children and staff. The intent is to inspire curiosity, to encourage story telling skills, build motivation that comes from within a child, and to develop a life long love of learning.
Features of Emergent Curriculum are:
- Learning is spontaneous.
- Uses natural world as learning environment.
- Not time-focused.
- Focuses on the uniqueness of the child rather than the weakness of the child.
The children are free to choose the areas of interest in which they will participate throughout the day, both as individuals and as part of a group.
The activity areas are set up according to the children’s interests and needs. Staff carefully prepare and supervise all areas.
It is believed children learn self-discipline by being able to choose their own play activities. The play activities each day will generally include:
- Painting, pasting, play dough, puzzles, blocks, construction equipment, music, storytelling, books, sand and water play, and other outdoor activities.
Sharing and co-operating with other children is encouraged by all the staff.
Some of the developmental areas we focus upon are:
- Social interaction
- Following simple directions and rules
- Gaining independence and self discipline
- Sharing and co-operation
- Understanding feelings
- Self-help skills
- Fine and gross motor skills.