At The PlaySpace we believe that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential.
Our primary goals are based on the Ministry of Education document "How Does Learning Happen?" These 4 foundations must be present in order for children to grow and flourish.
Belonging: refers to the relationships that children develop. These are relationships with other children, their family, the educators and with the world around them.
Well-being: refers to the important aspects of their physical and mental health and wellness.
Engagement: is when a child is involved and focused. They need to be able to explore the world around them.
Expression: refers to communication; the ability to be heard and to listen. This includes artistic expression.
The goal of our program is to provide a positive learning experience, a social experience to encourage development of the whole child. We want to lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
We want the children to view school as a positive place. We want them to learn to love finding out new things, to learn how to make friends and to learn that adults, other than their parents can be fun, caring and trusting.
We arrange the classroom to encourage exploration, play and learning. Activities are child centered. We observe, listen and document the children's play to help us determine how our room will be set up. A large variety of materials allows for each child to discover an area that supports their interest and development.
Children are free to choose the area that they wish to use. Educators encourage creativity, imagination, social interactions and inquiry.