Highlands’ philosophy is to inspire curiosity, independence and a life-long love of learning. Each Early Childhood Educator provides a nurturing and play-based environment which encompasses all aspects of child development, and places focus on providing experiences which foster creativity, language and literacy skills, social skills, problem solving and outdoor education. The curriculum is flexible and open, which allows the child to develop at their own pace. Highlands’ approach builds the children’s self esteem and problem solving skills, while fostering respect for themselves and others. The children “learn by doing”, often working with hands-on, open ended materials and carrying out projects that support their interests.
In addition to our play-based curriculum, the children benefit from regular music classes, taught by Ryan Sloan. We are very excited to pilot a new French Class one day every 2 weeks for our 4 year olds in Class H. Class I also enjoys one outdoor class per week at Murdo Frazer Park, where the children explore the benefits of outdoor education. We further enhance our curriculum with community field trips, guest speakers and community events.