At Early Years, our philosophy is based on the theory that children learn through active involvement with their environment. Children are constantly adding pieces of information to that which they already know, thereby generating new understandings of the world around them. By providing an enriched and stimulating environment filled with child-initiated, child-directed learning experiences, we offer children the opportunity to learn and grow in skills necessary in becoming autonomous, productive individuals.
Development is cyclical; therefore, we are sensitive to all of the areas of development. Young children view the world concretely, and as they mature in age, their views mature, also. Developing physical skills lay the foundation for the cognitive abilities needed for reading, writing and arithmetic. By observing how adults and older children use language, young children gradually expand their vocabularies. Environments become richer as they learn to understand others and express their ideas more effectively. As children abilities and self-confidence develop, they become increasingly capable of learning from their mistakes. They also begin to seize the initiative to explore and to take risks. When independence is fostered and they are encouraged to make choices more and more for themselves, they more willingly they will attempt new and increasingly challenging tasks.
Independence is an outgrowth of trust; we maintain small classes and low child-teacher ratios. In this environment, children can feel safe and are encouraged to explore not only materials, but also their relationships with peers and adults. Children feel important and valued when others listen to them, seek out their ideas, and allow them to express themselves. They learn that all they do and say is important and has an effect on others.