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Philosophy

Mission Statement of Play, Learn, Grow        

To serve the children and their families living in Bedford-Sackville and surrounding areas. To provide an inclusive, safe, nurturing environment where children can learn and develop. To prepare children for school and help them grow and learn in all areas of development.

Philosophy Statement of Play, Learn, Grow

Play, Learn, Grow is based on the idea that children begin their lives by playing.  From their play activities, they learn about the world around them and they learn the skills they need to grow.  Eventually, through that learning, they grow.  They grow mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.  We believe children learn naturally, by interacting with their environment, through a holistic, emergent approach to curriculum development.

An Emergent Curriculum Philosophy is one that builds upon the interests of children.  Children learn about themselves and the world around them through investigation and discovery, through art, dramatic play, and social interactions.    

Within the Emergent Curriculum Philosophy, there are four essential elements:

The Environment

The Role of the Educator 

Observation and Documentation

Project Work and Project Practice

The Environment

Within the Emergent Curriculum Philosophy, the environment itself is viewed as a teacher, inviting children into action and guiding them into individual and small group play. Environments foster creativity, promote wonder and encourage each child’s natural curiosity and desire to explore and learn.

Effective learning environments are the product of a planned and thoughtful approach to learning that reflects the skills, needs and interests of the people, both adult and child, that occupy that space.  Great attention is given to the look and the feel of the classroom. Everything in the environment is meaningful and has a purpose.

The Role of the Educator

In an Emergent Curriculum Environment, Early Childhood Educators are not only nurturers, they are partners, facilitators, observers and co-learners who have a deep understanding of developmentally appropriate practices.   

Educators understand individual differences and arrange their room so that children can explore at their own pace.  They make available a wide range of materials and activities in order to allow children to make their own choices.  And they work hard to match their curriculum to the strengths and interests demonstrated in the children.  

Educators understand that the early childhood experience is about learning, not teaching.  The Educator must learn about the child from the child herself (himself) and from the family of the child.  The Educator watches, listens and reflects on what is happening in order to reinforce the child’s learning and appreciation of an experience. Lastly, and most significantly, the Educator facilitates the building of relationships between children, families, communities and themselves.

Observation and Documentation

We learn best about children by watching them in action and taking note of the learning that they are experiencing.  Observation and documentation are therefore one of the most important roles of an Early Childhood Educator.  

The purpose of observing and documenting children’s experiences is to:

• Deepen Educators understanding about each child’s thinking and development

• Help Educators make informed decisions

• Take each child’s work and feelings seriously, and to give value to them

• Help children to reflect on and make sense of their own experiences

• Make learning visible to families and the community

At Play, Learn, Grow observation and documentation will be demonstrated through:

Individual portfolios - A collection of items that reveal different aspects of an individual child’s growth and development over time.

Posted observations of children’s day-to-day experiences - Demonstrated through photographs, children’s own work, anecdotal and narrative notes,etc.

Project narratives - Posted images, descriptions and children’s work as it pertains to a certain topic of investigation.  

Project Work and Project Practice

The Project Approach in an Emergent Curriculum philosophy is based on the belief that children learn by doing and by experiencing hands-on learning.  At Play, Learn, Grow our educators will plan encounters that provoke curiosity and lure the children into discovery.   

In a project, our educators will provide the children with opportunities to explore, observe and investigate their world using all of their senses.  

Within a project, children learn to formulate their own questions and conduct their own investigations with the guidance of the Educator.   Projects themselves are grounded in play.  Art, drama, storytelling and hands on exploration are the groundwork for discovery.  Throughout the process, the Educator also pays close attention to each child’s achievements, thereby supporting the formation of self-esteem, confidence and a strong social-emotional foundation.