|A Child’s Place’s curriculum goals align with the Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Standards for Learning. Early Childhood is a time of exploration and discovery. Young children become engaged in learning experiences when given materials that are hands-on. This gives them a wide and varied number of ways to learn about the world and develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.
Our teachers recognize that each child has a unique set of abilities and needs and learns at their own pace. Children need to be given opportunities to make choices and to develop independence and confidence. All children deserve the opportunities to learn, grow and develop through play. Teachers use observation skills to take note of how the structure is valued so children know what to expect; however, staff make changes as needed to support the needs of the group as well as the individual. Teachers will utilize class time to ask children open-ended questions thus encouraging friendships and developing skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking. Classrooms are designed with centers set up for small group interaction which gives children the opportunity to engage with each other, practice self-regulation and to show empathy and respect to peers. Our teachers recognize that parents are the most important people in their children’s lives. Teachers work in partnership with parents by communicating with them during drop off and pick up time and listening closely to understanding each family’s needs and expectations. Open and honest communication as well as mutual trust is essential to the parent-teacher relationship.