Our view is that children are competent, curious, inventive, and born to learn. We believe that all children from all backgrounds and cultures, and at every age and stage, deserve our respect. They are strong and powerful contributors to their own learning. Working in partnership with each other, educators, family and community members, children construct knowledge and learn about their world.
Early childhood educators are the most critical factor in the provision of high-quality care for children. We believe that early childhood educators who interact with children in a responsive and nurturing manner create secure yet stimulating environments which facilitate growth in all areas of development. We are inspired by the work of educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy who believe that children’s learning is enhanced through observation and investigation of the world around them, and that a carefully planned, purposeful, beautiful environment provides the structure for learning. We believe that play is the central force in young children’s development. Through play, children have concrete, hands on experiences which foster development in all areas.
Role of the Educator
Early Childhood Educators provide both roots and wings. The roots are nurtured through respectful, responsive interactions that build genuine relationships among adults and children, among families and educators, and among children. Educators validate the diverse backgrounds and experiences that children bring to the centre. Each child and family contributes to the rich community of our centre.
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots: the other is wings.
The wings are developed when educators provide opportunities for exploration, experimentation and communication. The provision of time to explore, space to create, stimulating materials, and thoughtfully planned environments allow for children to develop at their own pace while making meaning of their world and cultivating relationships. Careful observation and documentation of children’s work promotes a deeper understanding of the development and growth of each child and the group as a whole.
The principle goal of education is to create people who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; people who are creative, inventive and discoverers.