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At Chartwell Childcare, our philosophy is centered on wholeheartedly nurturing a love for exploration, fostering boundless curiosity, and promoting both independence and respect in every child. We believe in actively involving children in the construction of knowledge through authentic, life-based activities. Our primary objective is to cultivate unwavering confidence and self-esteem, ensuring a positive and enriching developmental experience for each child in our care. By providing a safe, prepared, and inclusive learning environment, we acknowledge individual learning styles and offer differentiated, individualized instruction to allow each learner to thrive. We firmly believe that a deep, lifelong love for learning is achieved when we create memorable tokens of the learning process, making education an inspiring and enduring journey.

  1. Building Trust: In our infant and toddler program, we prioritize building trust with each child from the very beginning. Drawing from the Reggio Emilia approach, we recognize the importance of forming strong relationships with infants and toddlers to create a sense of security and belonging. Through gentle interactions, responsive caregiving, and consistent routines, we establish a foundation of trust that allows children to feel safe and supported as they explore their environment.

  2. Relationship Building: Building meaningful relationships with each child is central to our approach. Inspired by the Montessori philosophy, we believe in following the child's lead and respecting their individual interests and preferences. Our caregivers engage in sensitive observation and responsive interactions to understand each child's unique needs and preferences, fostering a strong connection and sense of belonging.

  3. Communication Development: Communication is key to a child's development, and we prioritize supporting language acquisition from infancy. Drawing from both Reggio Emilia and Montessori principles, we provide rich language experiences and encourage verbal communication through conversations, storytelling, and singing. Additionally, we teach children to communicate their needs and desires using words, gestures, and sign language, empowering them to express themselves effectively and participate actively in their learning environment.

  4. Learning Routines: Establishing consistent routines is essential for infants and toddlers to feel secure and develop a sense of predictability. Following the Montessori approach, we provide a structured yet flexible daily routine that supports children's natural rhythms and needs. Through repetition and consistency, children learn to anticipate and participate in daily activities such as mealtime, naptime, and playtime, fostering a sense of order and confidence.

  5. Rule Following: In our program, we introduce simple rules and expectations in a developmentally appropriate manner. Inspired by both Reggio Emilia and Montessori principles, we involve children in the creation of classroom rules, emphasizing collaboration and mutual respect. Through positive reinforcement and gentle guidance, children learn to follow rules and boundaries while also developing social-emotional skills such as empathy and self-regulation.

  6. Exploration: Exploration is a fundamental aspect of learning and development for infants and toddlers. Drawing from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, we provide a rich and stimulating environment filled with open-ended materials and sensory experiences that invite exploration and discovery. Our caregivers observe and respond to children's interests, offering opportunities for hands-on exploration and sensory play that promote curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

  7. Skill Development - 5 Developmental Areas:In our program, we focus on holistic development across five key areas: physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language, and creative expression. Inspired by both Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches, we provide developmentally appropriate activities and experiences that target each of these areas. Through hands-on exploration, meaningful interactions, and guided play, children develop foundational skills such as gross and fine motor skills, cognitive skills, social-emotional competence, language proficiency, and creative expression, laying the groundwork for future learning and success.

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