Little Blessings Nursery School strives to provide a high quality nursery school program in a caring nurturing Christian setting. We believe that it is important to stay current with advancements in the field of early childhood education while listening to the needs of the families in our community and also remembering the principles of our philosophy statement.
Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) or Early Learning Framework (ELF) is a Best Start initiative that was established to develop an early learning framework for preschool settings that would link them to Junior/Senior Kindergarten. It was developed to create a continuum of development for young children.
It is based on Six Principles, LBNS supports this document and the information that it offers to help us to better our program. Below are the six principles and a brief description of how we will implement them into our program.
Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behavior and health.
LBNS will provide a program where children can explore, grow and build on concepts. An example of this is showing the letter “A” this is what it looks like, this is what it sounds like and these are some things that start with the letter “A”. School will be fun in all elements of learning. Children will be encouraged to respect others, themselves and God. They will be encouraged to try new things and participate in group activities.
Partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children
LBNS will have ongoing communication with families so we can relate to each individual child to meet their needs. We will explore and join together with other agencies to help each child to reach their fullest potential in our setting and share information with families to help the continuum of learning at home. We will be sensitive to cultural values and allow families to share those in our program. We will partnership with Whitby Free Methodist Church to provide a Christian foundation for families.
Demonstration of respect for diversity, equity and inclusion are prerequisites for optimal development and learning.
We will encourage healthy dialog about cultural, ability and physical uniqueness. LBNS will make provisions for children with special needs to the best of our ability. We will work with families and resource information as needed to allow children to participate in our program. We will strive to provide an environment that is safe for children with allergies and special diets. We will communicate in our teaching that we are all equal and help them to be sensitive to the needs of others.
A planned curriculum supports early learning.
At LBNS we will offer an environment with a wide variety of learning experiences for children. While focusing on family, health and community we will provide learning experiences for physical, emotional, language, intellectual, spiritual and social growth. Teachers will help children to learn self-regulation in an environment that is caring of individual needs. Programming will offer choice as well as boundaries with setting limits.
Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.
Children will be offered many opportunities and tools to enable them to experiment, investigate, problem solve and find their own answers. The teachers at LBNS will allow the children to explore by providing new experiences. They will be encouraged to try new things and build on principles that they have already mastered. While coming alongside the children teachers will ask questions and encourage oral communication to build confidence and make new friends. By communicating with the parents teachers will share what the children are learning so these ideas can be also talked about at home to create a circle of learning for the children.
Knowledgeable and responsive early childhood practitioners are essential to early childhood settings.
The teachers will create an environment that is emotionally warm and positive when dealing with children, families and members of the community. Teachers will be in constant communication with each other concerning the children and ideas they have for the program through staff meetings or through written communication in log books. The teachers will gather together to discuss observations, information and plan for the future. They will participate in workshops and courses offered in the community together to always be updating and refreshing their current skills. They will share this information where needed with parents and implement new ideas into the program.