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Play drives education at Bowen Preschool
Why choose play-based education for your child?
The Ministry of Education in BC bases its guidelines and philosophy of early learning on a document called, “The Early Learning Framework”, which is meant to guide adults in the education and care of our youngest citizens. From families to early childhood educators and all adults working with young children, this framework was developed to guide us in giving children the best possible care and education in their early years.
The Framework sees children as:
Capable, full of potential, persons with complex identities, grounded in their individual strengths and capacities and their unique social, linguistic and cultural heritage.
Most of children’s early learning takes place through play. Play is so vitally important that it is recognized as a child’s right by the United Nations. Why? Because it is essential to children’s growth and development and as stated in the Framework, “promotes their healthy physical and intellectual development in ways that cannot be achieved by focusing on narrow pre-academic learning such as counting to 10 or learning the alphabet. When children are free to explore their environment and play with water, sand, and blocks they are learning the basis of logical and mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning and cognitive problem solving. During group play with their peers children are building relationships, combining ideas, compromising and developing oral narratives and learning to take the perspectives of others – key elements of social competence and creative thinking, imagination and early literacy.”
So, you can understand why at the Bowen Island Preschool, we are thrilled to offer a play-based program that follows these guidelines, is based on the latest research in early childhood education and where children are acknowledged as instrumental in directing their own learning.
To offer an educational play-based program of this depth and richness, our early childhood educators have to be active and attentive guides, capable of skilled nurturing and creating an atmosphere of love and acceptance.
BCC has this in spades! Please come and meet Melina and Siobhan (our brilliant early childhood educators) and Louise (our music specialist) on February 15th between 10 :00 am and noon with your little one. While your child has fun exploring our amazing space, you can explore our philosophy of education – the hundred languages of children!