We want to acknowledge that our preschool is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Katzie First Nation and the Kwantlen First Nation. It is important that we ensure that authentic and genuine information is passed to the children so that they have a better understanding of their world and the land on which they live and play.
View of the Child
We believe that each child is born precious and sacred, that they are capable, and that building relationships with them — based on trust and respect — is key to their growth and development.
In our preschool, we take guidance from BC’s Early Learning Framework, Reggio Emilia, and the ECEBC Code of Ethics. We believe that children are capable and provide opportunities for them to complete tasks independently. Play is children’s work; we see the importance of it being authentic and uninterrupted. While children work and explore, it allows time for observation of their abilities, strengths, and interests. From these observations we reflect and plan our curriculum.
Physical and Cultural Safety
Feeling a sense of safety is crucial to a person’s comfort and ability to thrive. Therefore it is our intention to be a safe place for all children. Our preschool is inclusive to children and families of all abilities, cultures, dynamics, and socioeconomic status. We work closely with our Licensing Officer to ensure that all regulations are followed, our policies are up to date, and our environment is safe. By working with families, our SCD Consultant and other professionals we ensure that no child is excluded from participating. We strive to be as culturally competent as possible through ongoing research and training.
At this time, English is the main spoken language in our preschool. However, we also incorporate the use of sign language, French vocabulary and songs, and key words from languages that are spoken in the homes of the children in our care. We strive to expand our exposure to language in an effort to be more inclusive within our community.