Our Early Years Pedagogy is to promote children’s welfare, learning and development.
We follow the Finnish Early Year’s Curriculum with an emphasis on the Curiosity Approach ethos. The Curiosity Approach is a modern-day approach to Early Childhood education. The CLP is for inquisitive curious and creative minds giving children the opportunity to touch, handle and investigate their environment free from adult expectations and limitations. Children can explore how things work and use items that follow their own individual learning style.
In our holistic learning environment, we attach great value to the development of social skills, self-development and the motivation for learning in all areas.
Children are exposed to mathematical and scientific activities and will have the opportunity to express their creativity through arts and crafts, music and drama together with our high-quality teaching and natural materials. At the CLP we support the joy of discovery both indoors and out.
Alongside all the above, the philosophy of the Curiosity Approach to early learning, is that we believe children’s learning environment should look attractive and inviting, that offer subliminal messages to come & play. Enticing children into a wondrous land of magic, awe and wonder, whereby they come deeply engrossed and engaged in play.
The CLP does not only focus on one area of learning, but rather puts equal amounts of focus and support in every area of learning. Whether it is outdoor and forest play, physical development, art or music.
We use a tiny app a tool for communication.
Tiny App is a pedagogical assistant for teachers to support documenting, planning and evaluating pedagogical activities for individual children. Tiny App has features for managing the daily activities in the early education, including marking the kids present or absent and sharing messages and pedagogical documentation with parents.
We collect important milestones through photos, video and voice recordings for you to look at and be a part of your child’s learning journey with us. The children are a big part of the tiny app process and often ask us to take a photo of their creations to send to their parents.
When we use the tiny app to plan group activities, the children are a big part of this process.
Each milestone relates to curricular learning goals. These learning goals are directly linked to the Finnish Early Years curriculum definitions.
The main aims of our app:
– Sharing important information about the child between parents and teachers.
– Sharing content between teachers and parents.
– Sharing child’s progress based on the pedagogical documentation.
– Documenting the pedagogical activities in the kindergarten.
Thinking and learning
Children try out their ideas together and explore the world. They learn to analyse, name and describe elements. Children are encouraged to ask questions and to question. Successes are celebrated together, and children are invited to encourage others. Children are encouraged to come up with solutions and not to be disheartened by failures. Daily physical activities support children’s thinking and learning.
Diverse forms of expression
Children’s interests are strengthened through the relationship with music, art and design. Children are encouraged to use their imagination and express their thoughts and emotions by many different mediums. Children’s relationship with visual arts, other forms of visual culture and cultural heritage is supported. Children practice visual thinking, observation and interpretation of images. Planning skills and creative problem solving are practiced throughout the day. Children are encouraged to engage in verbal and bodily expression though dance, music, drama and role play.
Taking care of oneself and managing daily life
Children are encouraged to ask for help when necessary. Independence is supported and encouraged i.e., getting dressed, eating, taking care of personal hygiene, looking after processions etc. Children are guided to act responsible and safely. Children are encouraged and supported to respect and protect their own and other bodies.
I grow move and develop
Children are encouraged to be physically active. Spend time outdoors and engage in physically active play during all seasons. Positive attitudes towards food and eating are promoted. Versatile and healthy eating habits are encouraged and supported along with children’s capabilities for taking care of their health and personal hygiene.
Rich world of languages
Children’s curiosity and interest towards languages, text and cultures are supported. Children are encouraged to communicate and speak with each other and other adults in different situations. Children practice narrating, explaining and speaking in turns. Children are familiarised with different texts, nursery rhymes, singing, playing are used to promote language skills. Books and other reading material are available all the time.
Cultural competence, interaction and self-expression
Children are encouraged to learn about other people, languages and cultures. Children learn good manners and friendliness. They practice interaction and self-expression skills in different situations with different people. Children are guided to see things in different perspectives and solving conflicts constructively.
Me and our community
Children’s capabilities of understanding the diversity of the local community and practice acting in it is practiced and developed. Ethical thinking skills are supported by reflecting together on ethical questions that arise in different situations or that concern the children. The children are familiarised with different worldviews and related traditions. Children’s interest is geared towards historical matters and building a good future. Children are familiarized with different media, and producing media content is experimented playfully in a safe environment.
Multiliteracy and competence in ICT
Children learn to interpretate and producing various types of messaging. children practice naming things and objects and learn different concepts. children are encouraged to explore, use and produce messages in different devices, services, games, according to their age and development. They learn versatile and safety means of information, communication and technology
Participation and involvement
Children are supported to gradually develop skills for participation and involvement and are encouraged to take initiative. Children plan, implement and evaluate their actions together with the adults. Though different activities and sessions the children are encouraged to spend time with an adult and with their peers, learning to work in teams and in small groups. Helper of the day encourages children to be able to help in everyday things such as feed the fish, help prepare snack, choose new books for the reading corner etc.
Explore and interacting with my environment
The capacity to observe, analyse and understand their surrounding is developed. Development of mathematical understanding and thinking is supported though a wide range of activities and fun games and materials. Children’s relationship with nature and ability to act responsible in nature is strengthened though active participation. Children are encouraged to familiarised themselves with experimental and inquiry-based approaches. children are encouraged to ask questions. Children familiarise themselves with ICT devises and their functions as well as with relevant solutions.
Please read more on how these areas of development are executed in practice in our action plans you can find on the front page.