Early Childhood Education lays the foundation for further schooling and provides the initial interface between home and school in a child’s life. Recognizing parents as the first educators of their children, early childhood education seeks to build upon home learning. In establishing programs for young children It Is Important to remember that Catholic schooling is intentionally directed to the holistic development of students from within, assisting them to become fully integrated human persons.
Our Early Childhood Program will provide an environment and educational experience which acknowledges the innate spirituality of every child, fosters the child’s ability to wonder, experience awe, overcome difficulties, love others and reflect God. Their Creator. The Program will: C] Recognize that learning is a gift from God and the role of parents, as the first Educators of their children, is seen as vital. CLC Recognize. Value and build upon the child’s prior knowledge. Understand the: o Importance of developing problem solving and thinking strategies through play.
Structure through which young children experience their world. O Experiences necessary to give form to the child’s world which are expressed symbolically through language, numbers, representations, movement, models and metaphor. 0 Listen to children and their families, respecting their values, cultures, experiences and provide opportunities which support learning. 0 Closely observe, describe and record the children’s efforts and achievements by monitoring progress and planning experiences which build on their knowledge, understandings, skills, attitudes and values.
C] Facilitate a challenging environment which motivates and enriches learning and gives the child the opportunity to experience: o Independence and guidance o Free choice and direction o Incidental moments and planned activities o Child Initiated and teacher navigated o Individual and group work o Free inquiry and explicit teaching Develop a positive self image. Love learning and value their individual learning styles. Be responsible for their learning. Respect their own knowledge, background and culture. Take risks, persist and be self-paced with their learning.
Know, understand and use their personality, talents, personal ways of being creative. Learn through problem based play activities by doing and being actively involved. Learn through adults and others who scaffold their endeavourers. Respect, value and accept all people. Experience the Joy in the mystery and wonder of the universe. Feel valued and safe