Early Years Programme (EYP)
The goal of TLT’s Early Years Program is to provide your child with a constructive and warm environment so that a positive attitude towards school and a love for learning develops.
The Learning Tree teachers implement the clearly defined practices of The Learning Tree Early Years Curriculum and the principles of active learning.
Principles of ‘active learning’ that guide our work:
- Preschoolers learn with their whole body and with all their senses.
- Young children learn because they want to.
- Preschoolers communicate what they know.
- Preschoolers learn within the context of trusting relationships.
The principles of active learning guide the decisions our preschool teachers make through a typical day in our Early Years Programme:
Adult interaction is working alongside children and communicating with them both verbally and nonverbally to encourage learning. A key strategy for adult-child interaction is sharing control with children. Additional strategies include supporting children’s play, using encouragement, and taking a problem-solving approach to conflict.
Arrangement of the room and physical environment
Classroom settings are divided into interest areas stocked with a stimulating range of materials designed for specific types of play, for example, house area, art area, block area, small toy area, computer area, reading and writing area. Materials are arranged in consistent places and the shelves are tagged with child-friendly labels so that children can get out and put away materials themselves.
Daily schedules and routines
In our early childhood program there is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Students engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large- group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during snack time, develop self-care skills, and exercise their small and large muscles. The most important segment of the daily routine is the ‘plan-do-reflect’ sequence, in which students are encouraged to make choices about what they will do, carry out their ideas, and reflect upon their activities and actions with adults and other students.
Through our programme, teachers support children’s natural desire to be active learners. Creating an active learning environment for preschoolers means consciously considering all their needs — their social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and socio-linguistic needs. Our teachers are responsive professionals who are concerned about all aspects of your child’s development; they develop close, supportive relationships with the students who are entrusted in their care.
The Learning Tree Early Years Programme will encourage each individual child’s gifts and talents. We will help each child to become his or her most magnificent self. We provide the children with opportunities to think, wonder, build, imagine, explore and express their creative skills.
We encourage you to join us as partners in this important and meaningful phase in your child’s learning journey.
Your partner in your child’s education,
Head of The Early Years Programme
Click here to download the Early Years Programme (EYP) Curriculum.