At Peek-A-Bears, our child care programming, practice, and policies stem from the recognition and understanding of the interconnectedness of children, families, and educators. As well, we believe that belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression are the four foundational conditions that are important to a child’s learning success. Our philosophy are consistent with Ontario's pedagogy for early years (How Does Learning Happen?).
Children are born to learn.
Foundations for Learning
Consistent with Ontario’s pedagogical document, How Does Learning Happen, we at Peek-A-Bears believe in the foundational conditions that are key to ensuring a child’s learning success: belonging, well-being, engagement, and expression
A sense of belonging is an important foundation to build on for a child’s learning success. This addresses the importance of physical and mental health and wellness. A sense of belonging becomes evident when a child feels connected to others in their community: their peers, their educators, their families, and the communities in which they live. We believe that a child is capable of forming relationships and making contributions to their natural world.
Well-being addresses the importance of physical and mental health and wellness. Promotion of a child’s well-being can be achieved when educators and families work together to ensure the physical safety and security of a child, and to encourage a child’s capacity for self-care, and self-regulation
We at Peek-A-Bears believe by allowing children to explore the world around them, they exhibit natural curiosity and exuberance and thus become fully engaged. We believe that an engagement is a foundation for a child’s success. By providing them with an environment that allows them to explore using their body, mind, and senses, children develop skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, and innovating – all of which are essential for learning and success in school and beyond.
Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways. Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasing complex communication. We believe that children should be given opportunities for expression and that these opportunities support creativity, problem solving, and mathematical behaviours. We believe that a language-rich environment supports their growing communication skills and are foundational for literacy.