To provide the highest quality educational programming in a safe, nurturing child-centered environment that earns the trust of the children and families we serve.
Our Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
Our play-based program's philosophical principles are based upon current best practices for educating young children, knowledge of child development, and theories of child behavior.
Our primary philosophical beliefs are:
- All children have the right to be nurtured, respected, and embraced as competent (Edwards, Gandini, & Forman, 1998).
- Children construct knowledge by active participation with materials and the environment (DeVries,1994).
- Purposeful play is when children learn through the process of their efforts (Bruski & Ettema, 2004)
- Children should be guided through both child- and teacher-planned activities that are purposeful and enhance children's skills in all areas of development (Smilansky, 1990).
- It is necessary to emphasize the development of the "whole child" with a focus on promoting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development (Hendrick, 2001).
- Assessment of children should be on-going, reflective of children's experiences, and occur within the context of daily classroom activities (Bredekamp & Rosegrant, 1992).
- Collaboration between families and teachers supports the development of the child and home-school relationships (Bredekamp & Copple, 1997).
The role of the adults in the environment is to reflect the philosophy of the program. These beliefs give purpose to our program and define our practice.
- Provide a comprehensive environment that meets children at their unique developmental stage
- Nurture positive self-esteem by providing an environment for successful experiences.
- Encourage emotional development and social skills through providing acceptable ways to express thoughts and feelings, learning to recognize and accept emotions in others.
- Support the physical development of large motor skills through outdoor and indoor activities as well as fine motor development through the use of manipulative toys, blocks, puzzles, writing utensils, and other small instruments.
- Facilitate cognitive development and critical thinking skills by broadening the child’s hands-on experiences to increase their knowledge base, concepts and problem solving skills.
- Develop language, literacy skills and multilingual skill and appreciation through stories, music and songs, dramatic play, group discussion, and a print rich environment.
- Foster responsibility for oneself in self-help, health, safety and interpersonal areas and to facilitate appropriate independence.
- Enhance creativity by offering many kinds of materials and experiences in music, art, dramatics and literature.