Our Philosophy

A natural approach to learning…

Our approach to early childhood education allows children to observe and investigate topics that naturally intrigue them. Informal research about these topics leads to imaginative group projects that engage children through discussion, fieldwork, activities, and creative displays of their knowledge. Teachers and children cooperatively explore topics as diverse as trains, shopping, snails or the weather. By doing many types of project work, children enthusiastically build on what they already know, and apply their own individual strengths and learning styles, to deepen their understanding of larger concepts. By engaging children’s natural way of learning, this approach makes education its own happy reward.

Exploring and growing…

The priority will be to enrich each child as an individual and as part of a group. We will encourage the emotional, intellectual, social and physical growth of the children. We will provide a safe environment. Our goals are to share time, have fun and enjoy our day together as the child explores a variety of experiences. A child’s world should be full of exploration. We will help them make meaning of the wonder of their discoveries.

An illustration of the above philosophy is a very special tree, the symbol of growth and strength. It is a creative expression of our understanding of an enriching program. The trunk of the tree is the foundation of our Program; our strong, healthy and secure environment. The branches are the early childhood teachers and parents reaching out to the children, embracing their needs and wants. The leaves represent the similarities and differences of the children.

Respecting the individual child…

The essential quality for an early childhood educator must be an open mind. An educator is presented on a daily basis with many variables. Each child is a different equation. As educators, it is up to us to observe and assess the child in order to connect and help the child flourish within their own capacity.

The foundation of teaching is to first learn everything about the child. What is their background? What are the culture, religion, socio economic status, and beliefs of the family? It is very important to have open communication with the parents and understand their wants and hopes for their child. As an educator one must collect as much information as possible of the child and their families, this way one can have the ability to achieve the child’s love and acceptance. With all this information one must have absolute objectivity, which is a very important tenet, the minute that an educator becomes judgmental it becomes a deterrent to meeting the child’s needs.

A community of learning…

When a person makes the decision of becoming an early childhood educator, one is accepting a vocation which requires unconditional commitment. The job is not about you, it is about the child. One’s achievement is when one’s child has that “Ah ha!”, “I did it!”, moment. An educator has to be nurturing, an exceptional listener, as well as silly and fun.

The most important dynamics are the children, parents, and the educator. Hopefully, this mixture can bring out the best of the children and their families. An accomplished and fulfilled educator is one that has reached and taught a child no matter how easy or difficult the task.