The Four Foundations Ensure Optimal Learning and Development
These foundations inform the goals for children and expectations for programs.
The Four Foundations of How Does Learning Happen? is organized around four foundational conditions that are important for children to grow and flourish: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression. These foundations, or ways of being, are a vision for all children’s future potential and a view of what they should experience each and every day. These four foundations apply regardless of age, ability, culture, language, geography, or setting. They are aligned with the Kindergarten program. They are conditions that children naturally seek for themselves.
Our Team reflection on How Does Learning Happen?
Sets out a shared understanding of children, families, and educators. Reflecting on these views about children, families, and educators in the context of the early year’s environment is a starting point for developing programs and practices to support learning.
Learning and development happen within the context of relationships among children, families, educators, and their environments.
Following the Triangle diagram; and having our kids at the center interest, our dedicated staff is here for the kids to help them grow and attain their potential. Every kid is competent, capable OF COMPLEX THINKING, curious, and RICH IN POTENTIAL. This is why our unique virtual daycare, Inzu Playground, was put together by a combination of experienced and knowledgeable daycare providers, and multiple, brilliant and valued parents and kids as well as educators to offer practical approaches for the interest of our lovely kids. Together our team has 52 years of experience.
CHILDREN are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential. They grow up in families with diverse social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. Every child should feel that he or she belongs, is a valuable contributor to his or her surroundings, and deserves the opportunity to succeed. When we recognize children as capable and curious, we are more likely to deliver programs and services that value and build on their strengths and abilities.
FAMILIES are composed of individuals who are competent and capable, curious, and rich in experience. Families love their children and want the best for them. Families are experts on their children. They are the first and most powerful influence on children’s learning, development, health, and well-being. Families bring diverse social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. Families should feel that they belong, are valuable contributors to their children’s learning, and deserve to be engaged in a meaningful way.
EDUCATOR’S are competent and capable, curious, and vast experience. They are knowledgeable, caring, reflective, and resourceful professionals. They bring diverse social, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. They collaborate with others to create engaging environments and experiences to foster children’s learning and development. Educators are lifelong learners.
They take responsibility for their own learning and make decisions about ways to integrate knowledge from theory, research, their own experience, and their understanding of the individual children and families they work with.
Every educator should feel he or she belongs, is a valuable contributor and deserves the opportunity to engage in meaningful work. A focus on these foundations throughout all aspects of early years programs ensures optimal learning and healthy development.
Four Elements of Learning
BELONGING refers to a sense of connectedness to others, an individual’s experiences of being valued, of forming relationships with others and making contributions as part of a group, a community, the natural world.
addresses the importance of physical and mental health and wellness. It incorporates capacities such as self care, sense of self, and self-regulation skills.
suggests a state of being involved and focused. When children are able to explore the world around them with their natural curiosity and exuberance, they are fully engaged. Through this type of play and inquiry, they develop skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, and innovating, which are essential for learning and success in school and beyond.
EXPRESSION OR COMMUNICATION (to be heard, as well as to listen)
may take many different forms. Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasingly complex communication. Opportunities to explore materials support creativity, problem solving, and mathematical behaviors. Language-rich environments support growing communication skills, which are foundational for literacy.