DISCOVER OUR FRAMEWORK
Our curriculum is based on the British EYFS framework combined with multiple pedagogies and approaches, namely the thematic, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Montessori and Multiple intelligence approaches. Our cross-curriculum teaching methodology ensures every child is prepared and is able to reach his/her full potential in all areas of life; providing the right foundation they need to make the most of their hard and soft skills as they grow up. Early childhood education plays an important role in shaping the type of person the individual infant or child will become. Children develop and learn in different ways, at different speeds and through different methods.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children and gives mum and dads confidence that regardless of where they choose for their child’s early education, they can be assured that the same statutory commitments and principles will underpin their child’s learning and development experience.
The EYFS curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development. The primary area of learning are particularly important in the first three years of a child’s life and are:
1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
3.Communication and Language
The four specific areas of learning are introduced gradually, with more focus once a child is two and depending on their development stage:
6.Understanding the World
7. Expressive Arts and Design
THE THEMATIC APPROACH
Incorporating the Inquiry Process by Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf’s experiential, imitative and sensory-based approach, teachers bring the children through a learning journey that is driven by their interests and a critical thinking process. The teachers act more as a guide/ facilitator and mentor during this process in our thematic discussion.
STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and all of these are important to include in a preschooler’s education. In some ways they seem developmentally inappropriate, but be assured, they certainly are very appropriate. Young children, even as young as toddlers, not only have a natural curiosity for STEAM activities, but they are also good at them too! This is because STEAM activities encourage and challenge a preschooler’s natural sense of curiosity. Preschoolers need time and exposure to science, technology, engineering, art, and math to develop a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM skills and concepts through play and discussion. And then applying those skills through more play.
•Science requires preschoolers to not only answer but also to ask questions. Science powers curiosity, investigation, and problem solving, often involving experimentation and exploration.
•Technology refers to applying the scientific knowledge a preschooler gains. They do this by using the most basic tools like crayons and rulers, as well as more complex technological inventions like microscopes and computers.
•Engineering activities in preschool are concerned with the design and building. It is testing structures and designs, as well as discovering and testing possible solutions.
•Art encourages creativity and process development, as well as allows children to illustrate concepts they are learning.
•Mathematics isn’t limited to just number sense for preschoolers. It also includes the ability to see and create patterns, shapes, as well as organisational skills like graphing and sorting.