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The preschool learning environment is primarily based on The Creative Curriculum for Pre-school, used in many high-quality early education settings internationally. At the core of The Creative Curriculum for Pre-school are well-planned learning centres that allow for child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence. The development of language, mathematical reasoning, and scientific thought is emphasised throughout all the centres. Changes to the learning environment, activities, and projects reflect emerging interests and individual goals. Learning centres offer guided experiences that encompass all the skills and understandings necessary for optimum development and success in school.

Typical centres include:

  • Language/Library
  • Language/Library
  • Technology/Computers
  • Construction/Blocks
  • Science
  • Dramatic Play
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Art/Creative Expression
  • Music and Movement
  • Sensory: Sand and Water
  • Maths/Manipulatives

Learning Centres

Learning Centres are supplemented by any number of independent learning stations designed for use by one or two children.

Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices using Choice Boards, participate in small groups and projects, join in circle-times with the whole group, and reflect upon and document their learning experiences. Children are guided to critical learning experiences that form the building blocks of healthy development. Using the The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and knowledge of the children and families as a framework, staff use their talent and expertise to design, adapt, and invent learning centres that best serve the children in the room.

Free Preschool Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme

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Curriculum & Care - Ireland

Bright Horizons is very confident that our World at Their Fingertips programme mirrors the core principles and standards outlined in Síolta, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education developed by CECDE.

Our comprehensive planning and observations of children's development are focused on Aistear's themes of well being, exploring and thinking, communicating, and identity and belonging.

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