Our mission for this program is to help prepare children and their families for the transition into the school system by providing safe, specialized, high quality educational programming. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience which promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development.
Little Explorers – School Readiness Program prides itself in being strong advocates for children’s rights to a child care experience that; fosters creativity, supports their natural love for learning, and provides rich learning experiences through play. Our philosophy follows the How Does Learning Happen? understanding that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential. It is our utmost priority to ensure children’s safety and security during their time spent in our facility.
Here at Little Explorers, we believe social and emotional maturity are crucial aspects for a child’s school readiness. Children who are able to handle themselves comfortably in different social situations, problem solve, self-regulate and have a strong sense of self, do best in times of transition. Whether that transition be to school or throughout life, these skills will be monumental in their proper development. In order to achieve this growth in social and emotional maturity, we’ve planned a specialized curriculum that focuses on the following three points; life skills, big experiences in our community and group time. The foundation that supports these three points and drives all development and learning is play!
In this we are referring to class field trips. The children will be exposed to all their community has to offer. Examples of these experiences would be a fire station visit, elderly home visit, use of public facilities (library, pool, parks, etc.)
It is here that the children will develop critical self-help, social and emotional skills that all children require in order to tackle everyday tasks and routines in life. These skills can range anywhere from learning how to behave in cooperative play to learning how to properly care for one’s personal belongings.
Our group times expose the children to situations where they must practice listening, concentration, cooperation and patience. We use these times to teach group lessons that encourage participation through activities such as music, art/craft, literacy and drama.
At Little Explorers play is the motor that drives our day to day planning, play is considered powerful and sacred. Although it is often seen as time taken away from real learning, we see it completely differently and research proves the efficacy of this method.
Children who have been given a lot of opportunities for learning through play have had more success in properly developing self-confidence, a positive self-image, social and language skills, curiosity, persistence and concentration.