At Sprouts Child Care Centre we believe that play is the natural way a child learns. It is the way he/she learns to concentrate, problem solve, exercise his/her imagination, try out new ideas and to develop a sense of independence and control over his/her world. Within our program children are viewed as competent, capable, curious and rich in potential.
Keeping our philosophy in mind and the Ministry of Education’s Pedagogy document, How Does Learning Happen as well as each child’s sense of belonging, wellbeing, engagement and expression; curriculum plans are developed with a focus on the total development of the child, including the positive and responsive relationships and interactions among children, parents and staff. We plan child initiated and adult supported experiences which enhance physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth. To promote development, teachers foster a nurturing environment and encourage children to interact and communicate in a positive way promoting self-confidence, self-esteem and the ability to self-regulate.
Through our program, each child’s learning and development is supported, as eager young minds and hands are given the opportunity to experiment, create and learn through arts and crafts, music and movement, science and technology, fine and gross motor activities, life skills, environmental awareness, informal and formal cognitive activities and enhanced and/or adapted education plans. Socialization skills are also given every opportunity to develop through dramatic play and general play and interaction with peers and adults.
While giving consideration to the individual needs of children receiving care, the daily education curriculum will provide a balance of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as active play, rest and quiet times. At all times, health and safety as well as good nutrition and the general well-being of the children is promoted.
Our staff work as trusted partners and engage in positive and responsive interactions with the children and parents and upgrade their skills through professional development opportunities to further benefit the children and program. Further, we promote and involve local community partners and work collaboratively with those partners to support the children, their families and our staff.
Our Program Statement and Education Curriculum requirements are reviewed at least annually to reflect on the impact of the above strategies and to reflect changes within the Child Care and Early Years Act 2013. This program statement shall be reviewed by all new staff, students and volunteers prior to interacting with children and at any time when the program statement is modified.
Children learn what they live. Use of positive methods creates an environment conducive to learning and positive participation with all. Teacher support and guidance will help children to learn and problem solve difficult situations. Clear, consistent and age appropriate limits which allow for exploration and discovery are important for children to feel confident and secure.
Realistic expectations are also essential to a child’s self-esteem and growth. Age appropriate intervention is used for each child/age group when necessary to help children facilitate positive and safe play while allowing for reasonable risks, learning and interactions and to help them to build their self-regulation skills. Additionally, children’s individual needs must be considered at all times regardless of age. Children, as developmentally appropriate, are encouraged to take an active role with monitoring and reflecting on their own behaviours.
Consistency between home and the centre will benefit each child. We will gladly share information on our methods of behavior guidance and suggestions with parents and look forward to them sharing and discussing their strategies with us.