5 Pillars of Education

Learn Through Play, Reggio Emilia, S.T.E.A.M, Life Skills, Nutrition Education

Children will have a lifetime to be adults.

At KIDS, our indoor and outdoor environments nurture and stimulate those in our care. Through play, KIDS Childcare and Preschool empowers young learners to be confident yet empathetic, independent yet cooperative, and to have lots of fun along the way.

We encourage children to enjoy their childhood with playful, interesting, and developmentally stimulating activities.
Areti Gagaoudakis
Chief Kids Officer

Learn through Play

It is easy to think of play in terms of designated ‘play activities’ such as tag, soccer, or playing in the sandbox, and to think of work in terms of ‘tasks” like raking leaves, folding towels or wiping tables.

In fact, all of these are considered ‘play’ activities by children. Historically, play has been viewed as a frivolous break from important endeavours like working and learning.

Research tells us that a child’s ability to fully and freely engage in play is essential to their learning, productivity and overall development.

We believe life is a journey and not a race. We create opportunities for exploration, creativity and use of imagination. Growth and development are unique to each individual and are sensitive to each child’s personal developmental clock.

Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education was developed in Italy over 70 years ago. It is inquiry-based and values each child as strong, capable and resilient, rich with wonder and knowledge.

Children are capable of constructing their own learning. Every child possesses deep curiosity that drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. Their interest compels them to investigate and understand more and more.

Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions and relationships with others.

The centre’s environment is considered the ‘third teacher’. Educators/Superheroes will purposefully organize, support and plan the various spaces for children’s exploration and discovery.

We place a strong focus on social collaboration and working in groups, where each child is an equal participant whose thoughts and questions are valued.

Children search out knowledge through their own investigations and become their own knowledge makers.

Nutrition Education

Cooking classes

Juicing

Trying-out
recipes

Learning where food comes from

Experimentation with ingredients

Health and Fitness

Our outdoor playground is the perfect environment for our kids to run, explore, learn and always have fun!

Our centre-wide sound system is made to measure for our special dance parties.

We all brush our teeth after every meal and every child has her or his own toothbrush.

S.T.E.A.M.

Why STEAM?

S cience
T echnology
E ngineering
A rts and Crafts
M athematics
Our students rotate through multiple learning environments including culinary, art, science, dramatic play. This ensures daily exposure to STEAM-based learning while developing both problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Kindergarten and School Readiness

The educators/Superheroes at KIDS encourage our students to develop independence. This is one of many elements that will ensure that our kids will have a smooth transition into kindergarten.

Our activities tailored to meet the individual needs and personality. Readiness skills include learning to writing their names, solving simple math problems, developing social and emotional skills, being able to retell a story’s narrative from beginning to end, and more.

KIDS Childcare and Preschool aims to close the readiness gap in order to ensure children are well-prepared for the kindergarten and elementary school years. Through our partnerships with local school boards, teachers and principals, we ensure that we properly prepare our Kids to enter their formal school years with confidence.

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