In an age appropriate manner, through daily practice, we help children cultivate emotional regulation, connection between mind/body/spirit and lifelong skills to handle anything life throws at them.
Literacy development is embedded in all ages of our program to support children in developing skills they need to become confident, independent, early readers.
In our Preschool and Kindergarten classes, we use the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Literacy Curriculum to teach children the foundational skills they need to learn to read. Through teaching phonological awareness skills children learn to decode the written word through hearing, which translates into word recognition and the ability to read! This is a highly accolated program that is used in many CBE kindergarten-grade 2 classes as it is considered the industry leader.
Young children communicate through a variety of modes and their ability to comprehend, remember and communicate with sign language can be significant when nurtured through this component of our curriculum. This aspect of our curriculum is proven to build strong neuro pathways in a child's developing brain and reinforces multimodal communication skills, inclusivity, and fine motor practice.
We provide a wide range of activities that are age appropriate, tailored to your child, and seasonally relevant in our program. We ensure the program has time daily for kids to really tap into their expressive and creative side.
Physical Literacy is important to lifelong success. By definition it is when children have developed the skills, confidence and love of movement to be physically active for life. We have a formal physical literacy component to our curriculum that children of all ages participate in.
We build physical activity into our daily program and the activities vary based on time of year and weather. We have a variety of programs including age appropriate Yoga. With these exciting physical activities, we will keep your kids energized and your kids will discover the joy of exercise and stretching.
Part of our curriculum is fun educational music classes. Our music program teaches children musical beats, patterns, and rhythm by singing songs and playing a variety of instruments during each session. These interactive music classes entertain the kids while keeping them active in the learning experience!
Our learning program imbeds aspects of the following in a variety of ways every day:
-Language and Literacy skills
-Math, Science, and Cognitive skills
-Practical Life and Self Regulation skills
-Social and Emotional skills
A healthy quality diet is critical to the development of children's mind and bodies. We provide a high-quality diet for your kids every day so that they are able to enjoy the many exciting activities we have planned for them.
Drama, dress up and allowing kids to have time to let their imaginations run wild through self-directed play is what our Free Play is all about.
We believe in the power of early child hood education and the impact that this can have on the lives of children. That is why, at Right Start Daycare, we only hire highly experienced individuals who are very passionate about early childhood education and care. Through attendance at Right Start Daycare your child will be nurtured in all 5 areas of development daily. This will support them in increased self-esteem, social skills, and academic skills. At Right Start we are constantly refreshing our knowledge and researching the latest advances in early childhood education. In doing so we aim to bring the very best of the best to our classrooms. We will also be pursuing Accredited status, under the Alberta Government, once we are able to do so as it is important to us to be held to and executing at the highest level of excellent for your child.
Our program is built around the concept that children are born ready to learn with an innate natural curiosity. As caregivers, we strive to create a learning environment that is safe, secure, stimulating and encouraging. Our classrooms are used in a manner to stimulate the child and then give the teacher opportunity to be able to give the children a tailored experience. Young children’s developmental tasks are to build trust, learn social skills, begin mastery of academic skills and develop positive self-esteem. In order to best support these tasks, our program strives to provide developmentally appropriate activities, well trained and consistent staff, a safe and healthy learning environment, and continuity of care. The following principles serve as the foundation for our curriculum: •Children develop knowledge of their world through active interactions with caregivers, peers, and their environment. •Learning is sequential, building on prior understandings and experiences. •Learning proceeds at different rates in each area and each child; children will show a range of skills and understandings in any one area of development. •Learning in each area is interconnected. Young children learn best through experiences, which incorporate several areas of development. •Learning begins in the family, continues in early care and education settings, and depends on parent involvement and caregiver guidance. •All children have the potential to achieve and learn with appropriate supports and instruction.
Physical and Motor Skills: Fine motor, gross motor, hand-eye coordination, pincher reflex, balance, etc.
Intellectual and Cognitive Skills: Critical thinking, self-regulation, greater focus and attention spans, language skills, effective communication, vocabulary explosion, written language skills.
Social Skills: Social skills in a group setting, positive behaviors, social interactive norms with peers.
Emotional Skills: Self confidence and self-esteem, ability to express feelings and emotions.
Creative skills: Experiences produce new ideas and skills every day, self-expression, creative problem solving, discovery and experimentation skills.
When children are young their brains develop at an astounding pace. These are the brain functions we use to manage our attention, our emotions, and our behavior in pursuit of our goals. It has been determined that executive functions predict children’s success as well as — if not better than — IQ tests. At Right Start Daycare we have trained professionals, a curriculum, and specially designed environment, that is designed to maximize your child’s time with us by focusing on growing the above 6 executive functions every day to set them up for success for life.
The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education originated in the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy. Since its development in the 1940's, this inspiring and innovative educational approach to early childhood learning has since been used worldwide. The Reggio Approach fosters the children’s intellectual development through encouraging young children to explore their environment and express themselves through all their available “expressive, communicative and cognitive languages” It is not seen an educational method rather it is seen as a living process. The Reggio Emilia approach values the belief that children are strong, competent and capable citizens who are full of wonder and curiosity to learn. It believes that children have a natural drive that makes them want to understand and know about the world around them and how this world relates to them. Children are believed to be capable of constructing their own methods of researching and learning using everything from play to a variety of other hands-on-learning experiences.
The environment is very important to the learning process in this approach, and parents as well as teachers are considered to play an important role in the education of children using the Reggio Emilia approach. Learning is also made "visible" through documenting the child's learning experiences. In using this approach to education, time is given to the children, so they may be allowed to learn, explore, or go back and revisit an investigation or a focus of interest as needed. It is an approach based on listening rather than talking; where doubt and amazement are welcome factors along with the scientific inquiry and the deductive methods used by a detective. The Reggio approach views children as being worthy of being listened to and feels that adults can learn from children as well as the other way around. Teachers are also encouraged to allow the children to guide their own curricula based upon their own interests and curiosities. The classroom environment is also geared to accommodate the needs of the children. Children are encouraged to develop their own curiosities and potential to understand the world around them and how they fit within this.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is seen as an inspired child-led approach to learning. The general principles of Reggio can also be incorporated into home life. Adults are encouraged to slow down and listen to their children, discover what interests them, and then provide them with ways to nurture these interests. Learning and play are not considered to be separate, but rather as being related to each other. This approach to education views the child as playing a very important role in their own educational experience.