Freight House Early Learning & Care Inc. is an early childhood education program which provides every child with a caring, nurturing and responsive learning environment. We design and maintain an environment that fosters creativity, playfulness, respect, opportunities, enthusiasm and a sense of belonging, wonder and calm. We encourage all children to accept and embrace the diversity of one another and our community. We build upon the uniqueness of every child in offering opportunity for growth and development. We provide a variety of learning opportunities that build on strengths, all levels of development, opportunities for discovery, and current developmental practices. We open our doors to our families to join in the learning processes and to foster community.
We embrace inclusion and celebrate the diversity of one another as a means to fostering the well-being of every child. We accept that every child is unique and shares with others their uniqueness through expression and play. As part of our annual training plan we are committed to learning more about all aspects of every child’s development to foster inclusive programming.
We believe that children learn through play and encourage choice, respect and a positive feeling about oneself. Play enables children to make sense of their world. It allows children to explore, use thinking skills, problem solve, and language expression. For example children play with blocks, paint a picture, and play make believe to invent, create, duplicate, explore, try new ideas, and problem solve. We support learning by listening, observing, encouraging and additional experiences. We build on their play through language that identifies and encourages concept development.
The environment hosts a variety equipment that supports learning at all developmental levels, some examples are: puzzles with variety of textures, size and number of puzzle pieces and difficulty, creative supplies such as scissors, crayons or pencils that allow for different grasps, gym equipment that allows for a variety of climbing and balancing skills. Staff are gentle, kind, caring, nurturing and respectful so that their environment will foster the development of a positive sense of self and belonging.
Experiences in social, emotional, spiritual, physical and cognitive learning are available for all children throughout each day. We foster opportunities so every child has fun and shares the excitement of learning and discovery with staff and peers. We strategize and plan as a team to ensure that each child’s development is being fostered in all areas. We support and guide the children in their play through conversation and positive guidance. We use conversation as a tool to support relationships and understanding for one another.
We follow the principles of emergent curriculum to meet the learning needs of each child. Through observation and reflection staff offer a strength based approach to achieving developmental gains both through spontaneous and planned experiences.
Staff recognize skill and engage children to advance their knowledge through further experiences. The staff maintain and add to the environment a variety of equipment and materials. Equipment is available to enhance physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills. Staff also reflect on the practices of Reggio Amelia to guide their environment and learning strategies. The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It focuses on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children. Language development and communication is an all-encompassing occurrence throughout the child’s day. The staff follow the objectives of the Abecedarian Language Intervention Project that supports language acquisition through enriched care giving, conversational reading time and sequential learning games. Staff mentor the relationship between the spoken word and the object or emotion. Primary care giving is an essential part of the Abecedarian approach, each child has a staff that interacts daily to ensure development goals are being met. We share with the families each child`s development and experiences through open dialogue, photos, memos, documentation and a child`s creative expressions. Ongoing training and professional development is encouraged for all staff to remain current and strong in their teaching principles.
We respect the child’s need for play. Our schedule is flexible allowing children to make choices that fit their needs and not the needs of others. Routines are kept to a minimum and are made fun and educational.
Children are encouraged in a fun and positive way to engage in all developmental areas.
Freight House Early Learning & Care Inc. is a community based program. We consistently support the needs of our families and the community through respect, flexibility, inclusion and cultural acceptance. Families are valued and respected as enrichment to our environment. We look for opportunities to share individual cultural differences through music, food, sharing information and allowing families to share in our everyday experiences.