We believe that nurturing relationships between practitioners and children, and adults and family members, are crucial in supporting children to become strong and independent. We know that healthy dependence must come before healthy independence and so all adults are curious about children’s behaviours and reactions, acknowledging and emphasising with emotions, and responding to children’s developmental stage rather than their age.
Child-Led Learning Through Play
During play based sessions, children are encouraged to follow their own interests in our stimulating environment, learning through their own explorations and curiosity, and following their own ideas and motivations. Our crucial role as adults during this time is to stimulate and support children’s thinking and learning, supporting them to reach beyond their current limits, inspire their learning and support their development through high-quality interactions.
Children are Connected
A child is a member of a family and a community. We foster building upon community relationships and involvement creating a sense of belonging in the world and an awareness of the children’s place within the community.
The Role of Families
Our strong relationships with families are based on mutual respect for our combined roles in nurturing the child. Parents and carers are invited to take active roles in contributing to the process of discovery and learning through our focus sheets, parent workshops, parental curriculum contributions and parent play sessions.
The adult role is to help children to contemplate their own problems and questions, to hypothesise and discover and to generate their own ideas, no matter what their background or circumstances.