"RCCC's curriculum is based on a philosophy which begins with respect for children and their families. Our curriculum is developmental- that is, designed to respond to the universals of child development shared by all children, as well as to the individual differences which we both expect and celebrate. Our challenge as early educators is to balance the needs of the individual child and family with the needs of the group and community.
For each child, we hope to create a setting which:
- fosters a strong sense of autonomy and self-confidence, together with a pleasure in others
- nourishes curiosity and helps spark a love of learning,
- supports a peaceful and varied approach to problem solving.
We believe that a curriculum should be child-initiated and firmly grounded in age-appropriate challenges and expectations. Our planning seeks to support the growth of the whole child--the physical, social, emotional and intellectual child.
We see learning and nurturing as inseparable. Teachers work to build relationships with children based on trust because we know that those re lationships are not only important in themselves but as springboards to learning.
RCCC recognizes that the value of caregiving relationships is enhanced when teachers are able to stay with children for more than one year. In order to support the nurturing relationship and trust established during the year between the child and teacher, efforts are made to facilitate the placement of some familiar teachers into the children's new room.
Because staffing demands vary from year to year this may not be achieved every year. However, the movement of some teachers with their group of children is a recognized goal in staffing the rooms.We value too, the relationship between parent and teacher, seeing it as a partnership based on mutual respect. It is best supported when good communication exists.
RCCC's educational philosophy is founded on the idea that the young child grows and learns when allowed to engage in active play. We work hard to facilitate play and a joy in the playful because play is the chief me dium for children's expression. Areas of play we nurture are exploratory, constructive, manipulative and imaginary.
Finally, we find that children thrive when teachers and parents collaborate to provide loving, consistent limits and structure. In the creation of a predictable environment, we allow children the calm and the freedom to discover, explore and construct their own knowledge of our world.
Excerpted from the preschool's website