Play and Exploration Early Learning Program Guide

Early learning programs are holistic, responsive, and developmentally appropriate. They focus on the healthy development of the whole child – social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development. Children, family members and early childhood educators collaborate in enriching children’s learning and growth. Children and Their Learning Experiences Children engage in open-ended exploration with increasing independence, acknowledge their expanding abilities, and communicate their understandings of the world with confidence and creativity. Children develop holistically, demonstrating a range of abilities. They grow socially, emotionally, physically, creatively, intellectually and spiritually through active participation in individual and group activities, selection of materials and sharing of ideas and interests. Children and Their Relationships Children relate positively and responsibly with their peers, adults, families and community members. They acquire a sense of acceptance, self-worth, belonging, generosity and trust through the caring, consistent relationships that emerge in culturally sensitive learning contexts and communities. Children and Their Environments Children experience healthy, inclusive and safe settings that enhance their learning and well-being. Children see themselves reflected in flexible environments that stimulate communication, invite questions, encourage investigation and promote exploration. Children sense that they and their families belong in the setting.