Curriculum – our approach to working with children?

The Learning Tree Early Childhood Centre provides a secure base from which the children in our care can explore their environment. We teach children how to learn, giving them skills that will enable them to reach their full potential in becoming competent and confident learners and play partners.

The approach we take to working with children is that of the High/Scope curriculum. This is based on the theory that children learn by actively doing. We follow a holistic approach for the developmental learning programmer provided. Research has proven that children learn best through active experiences with the people they socialise with, the materials they encounter, events they become involved in and ideas they have, rather than through direct orchestrated teaching or sequenced exercises.

Our High/Scope practitioners are trained to participate as partners in children’s activities rather than relate to children primarily as supervisors. High/Scope training emphasizes positive interaction strategies: sharing control with children, focusing on children’s strengths, forming authentic relationships with children, supporting children’s play ideas, and adopting a problem-solving approach to social conflict.