Early Childhood Education
"Healthy development in the early years (particularly birth to three) provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation." (Harvard University - Center on the Developing Child)
Early Childhood Education is so much more that a return to work solution. The first five years of a child's life is scientifically proven to impact their outcomes in later life. The better the experiences in the first five years, the better the outcomes for the child. Please do not just take my word for it, check out some of the incredible work being done at Harvard University.
When choosing an Early Education Centre, you need to look beyond convenience. You need to look beyond gimmicks and you need to find the essence of what that Centre offers. All Centre's work under the same laws, the same regulations and the same guidelines. However, every Centre is unique and some Centre's might not align with your expectations. The Department of Education have created a website to help families find Centre's near them and gain an insight into what they offer and how they have been rated. You can access their website by clicking here!
The website gives you a very brief snapshot of a Centre and as you can see, there are usually lots to chose from. So what should you look for in a Centre? The Department of Education again have but together some information for parents regarding choosing a service. Take a look.
For us at Salamander Early Education, when choosing a Centre, it is all about the feeling you get as you walk through the door. It is about the sound of laughter in the rooms and in the outdoor spaces. It is the look of joy on the children's and educators faces. It is the creative space that allows children to express themselves in a way unique to them. It is children climbing tree's. It is children taking risks. It is children having FUN. As Loris Malaguzzi said "Nothing without joy".
At Salamander Early Education, we base our work on research and the most up to date Sector thinking. We base our approach on respecting children and creating an environment where they are seen and celebrated for who they are. An environment where they are actively encouraged to flourish, not to conform.
If this resonates with you, we would love to meet you. Head to the contact us page and get in touch!