In the child care and school age programs our curriculum philosophy is emergent.  An emergent curriculum is a way of planning a program based on the children’s interests and passions.  The planning of  an emergent curriculum requires Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE’s)  to observe children, document what they see,  and use this information to plan curriculum.

Rather than starting with an existing lesson plan, emergent curriculum starts with the children’s interests.  When the teacher notices the children taking interest in a particular subject, the teacher will introduce materials or experiences to further the children’s interest and knowledge.   Daily documentation by the staff allows parents to see what activities their children have engaged in.  The child care documentation is formed around the ELECT (Early Learning for Every Child Today) continuum which indicates what ‘learning’ is observed in the activity.  Each child’s development is also monitored by the staff, based on the five ELECT developmental areas: cognition, physical, emotional, social, and communication, language & literacy.

In child care, staff maintain a portfolio for each child which is an accumulation of observations, reflections, narratives and stories showing the development of each child. For additional information regarding emergent programming, the ELECT continuum, the full day early learning kindergarten program and documentation can be obtained by speaking to your child’s teachers or the Centre supervisor.