The kindergarten program's underpinnings are research-based early childhood education practices that reflect principles of early learning. These principles focus on children's competence, holistic learning, relationships, and learning environments. The distinguishing features of an early childhood education program are the environment, conversations, and play. They represent best practice in early childhood education, guide educational decisions, and reflect the importance of relationships.
Children possess extraordinary strengths and potential as well as an inexhaustible need for expression and realization. Children naturally and continuously explore ,make discoveries, and transform themselves.
It is important that the kindergarten program:
- honours the potential of children by recognizing the uniqueness, wholeness, significance, and dignity of each child
- values early childhood as a foundational time of a child's development
- recognizes that children emanate from the contexts of family, culture, and society
- builds relationships with the child and his/her family based on respect, trust, and affirmation
- is based on knowledge of the development of children, aligned with current research, and is respectful of many ways of knowing
- responds to the linguistic and cultural diversity of children
- expects excellence.