Our philosophy is the way that children are learning has evolved and we must adapt to this. Our ever-changing world with new technology and ideas makes the traditional way for children to learn by memorizing and repeating less effective. Therefore at Little Builder's Preschool and Daycare, we have developed a new way for children to learn by encouraging children to analyze and problem solve, set goals and aspirations for themselves, and interact with other children to develop their social skills, confidence and learn from each other.
We believe that immersing children in real life activities through play is highly beneficial for their physical and sociological development. Through daily activities, we aim to inspire children to try new tasks and think outside the box. Along their journey of learning and development, children may struggle to adapt to new situations however we believe that with the correct support and encouragement they can learn to solve problems themselves.
We want children to set tasks for themselves and we ask them what they want to do each day. In asking children for their input, we push them to think proactively in planning for their day. Once agreed, the plan is written up and put on the board so that children and their teacher both have a point of focus to refer back to, yet we do not force children to stick to the activities that they have chosen. We want children to be free to change their mind but if they do decide to deviate from their plan then we will query with them as to why they have changed their mind in order to prompt them to reflect on why they have decided to do something else. We do believe that this helps children to think ahead, practice planning and learn to set goals for the future.
Children are very inquisitive in nature and we want them to be confident in asking questions and working together to solve problems. Instead of putting children into groups and forcing them to work together, we believe it is more beneficial for them to be allowed to interact and learn with other children who share the same goals and interests.
We also ensure that children of different ages have the opportunity to interact and play with each other at the end of the day. In our experience, we have seen that this is mutually beneficial for both older and younger children; the older children naturally become role models and this helps them to develop their leadership skills and the younger children are more challenged and have more fun.