At River Heights and at River Parkway, we view all children as being competent, capable, curious and rich in potential.
To strengthen the quality of our programs and ensure high quality experiences that lead to positive outcomes in relation to children’s learning, development, health and well-being, we use the Ministry of Education documentation regarding programming and pedagogy “How Does Learning Happen?”(HDLH).
HDLH is a professional learning resource that provides a common framework to help programs focus on knowledge from research, theory and practice on what’s most important for children. It encompasses a broad range of program philosophies and approaches.
Our programs are child-centred and play-based, designed to meet the overall developmental needs of the children in the areas of socialization, emotional growth, intellectual ability, and physical maturation. With the nurturing guidance of our early childhood educators, activities each day reflect a healthy balance between play and rest, active and quiet times, structured group times and individual activities. Outdoor play is a daily feature of our program, weather permitting.
We offer the following programs, based on age:
- Toddler Program (we accept 3 children under 18 months as long as they are walking)
- Preschool Program (we accept 3 children between 24-30 months)
Play As You Learn
Children explore and acquire knowledge of a variety of materials, media and techniques, from clay to collage, to watercolour and wood gluing. This provides abundant opportunity for sensory exploration and so importantly, children’s freedom of expression. Finger paint your way to fun.
This provides age-appropriate activities for observation, exploration, discovery and experimentation of the physical and natural world. Plants, seeds, sand, water, seashells, prisms, all contribute to children’s understanding of cause and effect, action and reaction and categorizing. Possibilities are endless as children grow with respect for our environment and the natural world. Our planet says thank you.
The house keeping area, doll play, dress-up clothing and props all promote social-emotional skills and relationships. It is through dramatic play that children learn to communicate and co-operate. They acquire socially desirable ways of interacting, playing and imagining. Who wants to be the bus driver?
Activities are provided to promote memory, problem solving language, and logical thinking through books, puzzles, games and construction activities such as Lego, unit blocks,and accessories. These hands-on experiences promote conceptual understanding and develop children’s increased attention to tasks. That’s when we hear children exclaim, “We did it!”