Children thrive in safe, healthy, and loving environments that allow them to try new things, learn about themselves and the world around them. Aside from assuring a developmentally appropriate environment, we design our schools from the perspective of the child. An inspiring environment that is conducive to feelings of excitement, intrigue and the desire to explore.
Sound policies and practices are in place ensuring a healthy and safe environment inside and out. This includes sanitizing the equipment, daily janitorial service, and regular inspections of the playground and property.
The physical layout of the classrooms includes clearly defined boundaries that separate the different activity centers. The children are able to navigate their surroundings comfortably as they choose the centers that interest them. Giving children choices about which activity to choose increases the likelihood that they will remain engaged in the activity. Children are ¬supported as they construct, think, problem solve, share ideas, and form questions as they encounter new experiences. Teachers encourage socialization and interaction with the materials, as they monitor the flow of activities and transitions. Each classroom contains the following centers: language, construction, dramatic play, art, sensory, discovery, manipulatives, and music. The centers evolve throughout the year, equipped with materials and objects that support and enhance the themes that are studied.
Young children benefit from a schedule that is familiar and predictable, but not rigid. The daily schedule is prepared to create a balanced day incorporating a variety of activities. The sequence of daily activities will be different in each classroom according to the children’s ages and outdoor play time, but follows established routines. There will be times to do things together as a group and times to work independently.