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Creative Thinkers Home Child Care serves children from birth  to 5 years of age.

Program Philosophy

Creative Thinkers Home Child Care is a Reggio Emilia Inspired Home Child Care program. As an Educator I recognize that all children and families are unique. I am dedicated to provide all children and families with experiences conducive to individual healthy learning and development. I ensure that each child is able to participate fully in a daily program through adaptations made to meet the individual needs of the children. I offer daily routines from which all children will learn many life skills.

I believe teaching involves listening and responding to children speaking, asking questions, redirecting and guiding. The program is flexible, which supports the unique needs of every child. My program is dedicated to nutrition and health. I provide healthy lunches and snacks. Outdoor play is an exceptionally important part of my program where the children enjoy various gross motor activities promoting healthy lifestyle. The children and I also spend time visiting many local parks.

Highlights of my program

  • Early Learning for Every Child Today framework which prepares for kindergarten readiness
  • The Program follows the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Fully fenced private backyard
  • Located on the main floor of the house
  • Safe, clean, spacious and TV free environment
  • Dedicated to nutrition and health
  • Field Trips to explore Natures parks and learn from our community

Your child's observations and photographed pictures of the children’s learning process will be documented in a daily private (parent only) blog. The documentation is used within the program to help the educator, parents and children to revisit and reflect upon conversation and activities.

 

Daily Schedule
(Flexible and subject to change)

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Free play / Gathering time
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Morning snack
9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Project time / Art / Sensory / Diaper changes (Morning nap time for children under 18 months)
10:00 a.m -10:45 a.m.        Dramatic play/Musical/Story telling
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Ready for outdoor play/Bathroom/Diaper changes
11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. Outdoor play/Walk/Park
12:00 p.m - 12:15 p.m. Washroom routine/Wash hands for lunch
12:15 p.m. -12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Washroom routine/Diaper changes
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Quiet Time/Nap
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Bathroom/Diaper changes
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Afternoon snack
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Bathroom/Ready for outdoor play
4:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m. Outdoor exploring/Science

 

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia approach, which originated in Italy with “over 40 years of experience,” Loris Malaguzzi was the founder of Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy. The teaching philosophy places strong emphasis on the development of “strong, capable, and resilient” children. Here are the 5 key elements of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

1. Children’s learning is based on their interests
The Reggio Emilia approach views children as capable of acquiring knowledge within themselves through their natural curiosity and creativity. What they are and become interested in, becomes an important element in their own learning process.

2. Teachers and parents are co-learners in the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education
Instead of leading the learning process, teachers and parents working with the Reggio Emilia approach act as collaborators in the learning process of the children. The Reggio Emilia approach encourages them to offer their knowledge and help. But most of all, teachers and parents listen, observe, document, and encourage children in whatever it is they are interested in doing.

3. The classroom environment is a “third teacher”
The Reggio Emilia approach sees the child’s surroundings as an excellent medium through which a child’s learning experience can be enriched. Thus, the Reggio Emilia approach calls for a classroom that is open, comfortable, and welcoming. So the classroom must offer access to various learning tools for children to explore.
The classroom setup also allows for mobility and communication between peers. Group and peer communication is also a primordial aspect of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Children are often involved in small and large group projects. The approach helps support collaborative learning. It encourages children to “talk, critique, compare, negotiate, hypothesize and problem-solve.”

4. Children’s learning progress is documented
Because the Reggio Emilia approach encourages a child’s independent learning, it is crucial that the learning progress is carefully documented. The approach believes such documentation must be done, for the most part, in a visual manner. So teachers take pictures, save children’s work (such as drawings, crafts, works of art and display them in the classroom. In this way, children, teachers and parents can follow the individual learning progress of each child.

5. Teachers focus on the many ways kids learn
The Reggio Emilia approach to childhood education believes that children have many different ways of learning. This is thus reflected in the many materials, methods, instruments, activities, ideas, tools, etc., that the Reggio Emilia approach presents to children. Reggio Emilia schools make all of these learning tools available to children based on their ongoing interests. It is a very hands-on approach to learning and discovering.
“These languages (the Hundred Languages of Children) are symbolic and are open to the endless potentials in children.  They believe in the potential of a child's ability to wonder.  It is the belief that there are "multiple ways of seeing and multiple ways of being."

http://www.reggiochildren.it/2011/09/2617/notizia-di-prova-consulenza/?lang=en

My program strives to follow these crucial elements in the Reggio Emilia approach.