CREATIVE  BEGINNINGS  DAYCARE 

PRESCHOOL

PHILOSOPHY:


Creative Beginnings Preschool/Childcare is committed to promoting the development of the “whole” child through developmentally appropriate practice.  As early childhood educators, our position is to encourage positive peer and social relations, development of critical thinking skills, and facilitate the development of self-esteem by fostering independence and problem solving skills through positive guidance.  It is our belief that children learn best in a safe nurturing environment that is prepared for them to explore the world around them.  Through this, children become active, involved learners while learning through play that is child-initiated and child-directed.  The facility supports inclusion and encourages diversity in the center.  All children are equal and different cultures should be recognized, as well as have an understanding of family values and beliefs. 

 

Why are we enhanced and not full Montessori?  We love the educational materials and philosophy of Maria Montessori but disagree with eliminating imaginative play and group play.  Extensive studies have been done and have concluded that children learn through play.  Montessori does not encourage the social interaction, as what we believe should be done which is why we do not use individual desks or mats for the materials.  We agree that children should be able to use a material without being interrupted but should be sitting at a larger table where they can work beside other children to encourage the social interaction and make the most of modeling use of the equipment and materials to the other children.  We do not separate our 3 year olds from our four year olds for this reason “Children learn from each other”. 

THE CENTER:


Our care is provided in a large 5500 square foot facility that has separate rooms for each program.  Our rooms have large windows and are very spacious.  We have our own double fenced large playground onsite and the children love to spend time outside. 



CURRICULUM:

Our goal as a Preschool/Childcare is to introduce our students to experiences that will enable them to grow and learn at a pace and willingness set by each child.  Many parents choose preschool as a “Kindergarten readiness” program, which we interpret to be a “social awareness” environment.  Children learn and develop differently so being aware of this and understanding their wants and needs are the tools we use to plan and to program.  We feel that the most important task a child can learn prior to attending Kindergarten is the ability to interact in a social setting with their peers, this being quite an achievement for many 3-5 year olds.  We also know the importance of having children not only socially prepared for kindergarten but also academically which is why your child will have freedom to explore in a prepared environment through child-directed sensorial learning experiences in a Montessori enhanced program.  We teach number and letter recognition, phonics, theme based curriculum which includes math, science, socials, language, geography and art exploration, practical life skills, problem solving skills, social skills, how to care and respect for the environment and others. Here your child will develop the self-esteem and prep that your child needs for entering Kindergarten.  We believe that if children at any age, are given the freedom and the environment in which to explore, they will teach themselves through hands on experiences, natural curiosity and love for knowledge.
   

To get on our waitlist, register or for a tour please call the center at

250-377-8700




MISSION STATEMENT:


The Staff at Creative Beginnings believe in Quality childcare by ensuring that the needs of all children are met in every aspect of development.  All Children are accepted and treated with respect.  We are here to provide positive impacts on young children's lives. 

Our goal as a Preschool/Childcare is to introduce our students to experiences that will enable them to grow and learn at a pace and willingness set by each child.  It is our belief that children “learn through play” by being allowed to explore their environment.  Children learn and develop differently so being aware of this and understanding their wants and needs are the tools we use to plan and to program.  We feel that the most important task a child can learn prior to attending Kindergarten is the ability to interact in a social setting with their peers, this being quite an achievement for many 3-5 year olds. 

We also want to ensure that Afterschooler’s have a safe, nurturing environment to go to that they can continue to grow and develop at a pace set out at their level.  While we understand that this is where they start to mature and eventually phase out of daycare, we want to assist parents and children in helping prepare them for that stage of staying home alone.  We help them become independent and responsible by giving them tools that they can use both inside the classroom, outside the classroom and in maintaining positive relationships.