At EML International we believe that meaningful early learning experiences for children in an inclusive environment serve to deepen their desire to learn and be curious about the world. To do this we use the Curiosity Approach which draws ideas from four educational philosophies; Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf and Te Whariki (NZ early childhood curriculum). 

A LOOK AT THE CURRICULUM

Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia Philosophy values the child as strong, capable and resilient. The Philosophy believes that the child is alive with wonder and knowledge and that innate curiosity of a child needs to be supported not lead by adults. Started by parents in Reggio Emilia, Italy after World War II due to parents believing that a better way of educating their children was needed. They developed a program which emphasised respect, responsibility and community. Children are allowed to explore and discover in a supportive and rich environment with a curriculum created around the children’s interests.

Montessori

The Montessori Method of education is a child-centered educational approach based on the scientific observation of children from birth to adulthood from Dr Maria Montessori. It has been time tested with over 100 years in countries all over the world. Montessori views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating their own learning in a supportive carefully prepared environment. Montessori education offers child opportunities to develop their potential, stepping out into the world with an appreciation that learning is for life.

Waldorf

Waldorf Education was developed in Europe nearly 100 years ago by an Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner. Steiner believed that from birth to seven years of age children learn primarily through their senses and learn best through imitation. Educators strive to be worthy of imitation and nurture each child providing gentle yet sensory rich environments and play based activities that encourage the child to investigate the natural world explore relationships and expand their imaginations.

Te Whariki

Te Whariki’s vision is children who are competent and confident learners and communications. Children who are healthy in mind, body and spirit. Children who have a sense of belonging and knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society. Te Whariki believes that early learning centres must work in partnership with families and the community to realise this. The expectation is that in their early years a child will experience a curriculum that will empower them as a life long learner.

A LOOK AT THE CURRICULUM

Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia Philosophy values the child as strong, capable and resilient. The Philosophy believes that the child is alive with wonder and knowledge and that innate curiosity of a child needs to be supported not lead by adults. Started by parents in Reggio Emilia, Italy after World War II due to parents believing that a better way of educating their children was needed. They developed a program which emphasised respect, responsibility and community. Children are allowed to explore and discover in a supportive and rich environment with a curriculum created around the children’s interests.

Montessori

The Montessori Method of education is a child-centered educational approach based on the scientific observation of children from birth to adulthood from Dr Maria Montessori. It has been time tested with over 100 years in countries all over the world. Montessori views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating their own learning in a supportive carefully prepared environment. Montessori education offers child opportunities to develop their potential, stepping out into the world with an appreciation that learning is for life.

Waldorf

Waldorf Education was developed in Europe nearly 100 years ago by an Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner. Steiner believed that from birth to seven years of age children learn primarily through their senses and learn best through imitation. Educators strive to be worthy of imitation and nurture each child providing gentle yet sensory rich environments and play based activities that encourage the child to investigate the natural world explore relationships and expand their imaginations.

Te Whariki

Te Whariki’s vision is children who are competent and confident learners and communications. Children who are healthy in mind, body and spirit. Children who have a sense of belonging and knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society. Te Whariki believes that early learning centres must work in partnership with families and the community to realise this. The expectation is that in their early years a child will experience a curriculum that will empower them as a life long learner.

THE STAFF

We value educators that are committed to making the work of a young child meaningful and visible. They are well educated professionals  and reflective role models. Our educators engage in a complex role learning FROM the child and WITH the child. They must care and nurture each child’s interests and ensure that every child meets their own potential.

THE ENVIRONMENT

The environment is a crucial part of a child’s learning, we go as far to say as the environment should be treated as the third teacher. As such the environment we provide is cozy, safe, nurturing and beautiful both inside and out.

We believe  in allowing the children to have the autonomy to explore indoors or outdoors as they wish with long periods of uninterrupted play.

The outdoor area will be treated like another classroom and set up for unlimited outside play no matter the weather.

THE ENVIRONMENT

The environment is a crucial part of a child’s learning, we go as far to say as the environment should be treated as the third teacher. As such the environment we provide is cozy, safe, nurturing and beautiful both inside and out.

We believe  in allowing the children to have the autonomy to explore indoors or outdoors as they wish with long periods of uninterrupted play.

The outdoor area will be treated like another classroom and set up for unlimited outside play no matter the weather.

INCLUSIVENESS

At EML International we believe that every child should have the right to Early Childhood Education. Our programmes feature a mixed age groups with the older children leading the way for the younger children and the younger children learning from their more capable peers. We also believe that children of any ability should be allowed to learn together.

Increasing the empathy of children through the normalisation of children with diverse abilities, and allowing generalisation of strategies taught in therapy through interactions that happen on a day to day basis.  Children with diverse needs are welcomed and support is put in place to ensure they can access learning no matter their ability level.

At EML International we believe that every child should have the right to Early Childhood Education. Our programmes feature a mixed age groups with the older children leading the way for the younger children and the younger children learning from their more capable peers.

We also believe that children of any ability should be allowed to learn together. Increasing the empathy of children through the normalisation of children with diverse abilities, and allowing generalisation of strategies taught in therapy through interactions that happen on a day to day basis.

Children with diverse needs are welcomed and support is put in place to ensure they can access learning no matter their ability level.