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 The Early Childhood Academy

The Education Experience. 


Reggio-Inspired Learning Environments at The Early Childhood A​cademy  

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The Early Childhood Academy at a Glance!

  •  Key code security.
  • Webcam access.
  • Reggio-inspired learning environments.
  • Spacious classrooms with large windows.
  • Toys, materials and loose parts that offer choice and encourage a child's natural curiosity.
  • Adjacent playground.
  • Qualified educators.
  • Professional cleaning staff.
  • Seasonal menus.
  • On-site kitchen. 
  • Meals and snacks prepared by a qualified cook.
  • Menus that meet Canada's Food Guide requirements.
  • Meals and snacks that are homemade and contain organic products. 

Curriculum Models 

OBSERVE. EXPLORE. INVESTIGATE.


The Emergent Curriculum 

emphasizes the importance of...

  • the environment and views it as a  "third teacher,” inviting children to explore while fostering creativity and promoting wonder.  
  • hands-on learning opportunities for children.
  • process vs. product learning activities for children. 
  • child-directed learning and emergent based inquiry. 
  • educators facilitating learning opportunities based on children’s interests, skill level and needs.
  • observation, documentation and interpretation as essential tools for educators to plan and develop learning experiences that are meaningful to children

The Reggio Emilia Approach 

emphasizes the importance of...

  • valuing children as strong, capable and resilient.
  • building strong and healthy relationships with children, families, and the community.
  • child-centred learning and  project based inquiry. 
  • a child's natural environment, as a  "third teacher." When children are given the opportunity to explore the environment they are able to learn, investigate and question the world around them. 
  • providing children with realistic and meaningful learning opportunities. 
  • educators understanding the documentation process as a cycle of inquiry.
  • documenting  children’s learning.
  • understanding children as communicators. 

Programs

Infant Program (younger than 18 months) 

Area of Study & Core Elements 

  • Creative Arts
  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognitive Development
  • Sensory Development
  • Physical and Motor Development
  • Social and Emotional Development

The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.

-Loris Malaguzzi 

Toddler Program (18 months to 2.5 years) 

Area of Study & Core Elements 

  • Creative Arts 
  • Language and Literacy
  • Science and Discovery 
  • Cognitive Development
  • Sensory Development
  • Physical and Motor Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Practical Life Skills Development 

The child has a hundred languages and a hundred hundred hundred more.

-Loris Malaguzzi ​

Preschool Program (2.5 years to 6 years) 

Area of Study & Core Elements

  • Creative Arts
  • Language and Literacy
  • Science and Discovery
  • Mathematics
  • Cognitive Development
  • Sensory Development
  • Physical and Motor Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Practical Life Skills Development