The early years environment that is provided at St Mogue’s Community Childcare is one that nurtures and supports the holistic development and learning of each child. We believe that early childhood should not be rushed and that it is not just preparation for ‘big school’ but preparation for lifelong learning. A play-based curriculum provides children with hands-on experiences in which they are actively constructing knowledge as they interact with the environment, their peers and adults. Our play-based curriculum supports and encourages child-initiated play in which the child directs their own learning alongside supportive and interested practitioners. Children learn from and through these relationships. There are also periods of adult-led times such as story time, daily activity and circle time. The early years practitioners plan for and create the play-based environment both indoors and outdoors which the children engage with on a daily basis. Play provides the structure through which children learn. Outdoor play is a huge feature of our curriculum. Follow the link to read more on ‘outdoor play the St. Mogue’s way’.
Our play-based environment and curriculum draws from several theorists and approaches, all of which value learning through play. These include:
Piagetian theory—in which the child is viewed as an active participant in their learning. By following their own interests, the child becomes active in developing their understanding and knowledge of the world around them. Piaget wrote ‘the child is the chief architect of his own mental model of the world’.
Vygotskian theory—recognises that play supports the development of higher order thinking in young children. The socio-cultural environment surrounding the child is also instrumental in their development. The role of the adult is important in providing support and ‘scaffolding’ the child’s learning.
The Steiner Waldorf approach—early childhood approach that views the child’s development as holistic and maintains that children thrive in a calm, predictable and familiar environment. With this in mind we have developed our curriculum around a daily, monthly and yearly rhythm which reflects children’s interests as well as seasons and festivals throughout the year.
Reggio Emilia approach—the key values of the Reggio Emilia approach include relationships, creativity, the environment as the third teacher, time, learning & teaching and reflective practice. The child is viewed as ‘rich in potential, strong, powerful and competent’ (Thornton and Brunton 2009). The importance of recognising that children choose to represent their thoughts, ideas, knowledge, theories and learning in a myriad of ways is understood as ‘the hundred languages of expression’.
Our work with children at St Mogue’s is underpinned by two national frameworks:
Siolta—the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education
Aistear—the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework
information on the curriculum at St Mogue’s, please see our pages on
in our Baby Room (4 months to 18 months), Under Threes’ Room (18 months to 3
years) and Pre-School Rooms (3 to 5
years). If you are
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