We are really seeking to move our curriculum in our early childhood centres to one that is more child focused and respectful of the inherent ability we believe every child brings to the centre. We want to provide beautiful, inspiring and creative spaces in which this work can happen and we want to involve families and document the work done by the children with caring and enthusiastic adults.
Hilltop Children's Centre in Seattle has been and continues to be a leader in this type of curriculum. Inspired by the schools and approach of Reggio Emilia in Italy they understand that the learning environment is the "third teacher" and that we need to protect and nourish children's childhoods.
We tried not to focus on what we needed to do when we got home, and not to be overwhelmed that this centre has been on this journey for 20 years and we are only 4 years into our journey. We tried to just take it all in.
I am still processing all that happened - all we saw and heard, the deeper bonds between us and what to do next...... oh man.... I wish I knew what the first next step should be so that we do move forward, not just the 4 of us but all our staff, our families, the Board of Directors.
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