Philosophy & Curriculum
Creche practices an individualized developmentally appropriate approach to early childhood education, following criteria set forth by state and national accrediation standards.
Our curriculum embraces components of many different theories and practices. The uniqueness of each individual child as well as the classroom group of children are carefully considered in planning the classroom activities. Each child has the opportunity to learn from well-educated teachers, using Creative Curriculum, with a positive, monthly non-denominational Christian supplement. Daily curriculum includes goal-oriented lesson plans, art projects, reading, playtime, hands-on learning; opportunities for small and large motor skill strengthening, early printing skill work, music time, and more. Children begin their meals with prayer, in addition to learning early table manners. Although Christian values are taught; honoring and respecting diversity of all families is a strong value. Children encouraged to participate in all classroom activities; however, are never forced to do so.
Our educational philosophy, along with the Creative Curriculum borrows from theories that support the interaction viewpoint where genetic makeup and environment, (nature and nurture) are more or less equal in shaping young children. Child development specialists have produced decades of research concluding that the environment of a child’s earliest years can have effects that last a lifetime. Research shows us that early childhood development is the result of experiences, coupled with the way a child interprets, recognizes, or modifies the experiences. Creche teachers utilize several different theories and best practice approaches to early childhood education, including concepts from Emilia, Maslow, Piaget, Erickson, and Vygotsky.