Early Birds, Night Owls, Little Ladybirds & Appletree Preschool & Holiday Hedgehogs
The Curiosity Approach
At all of our pre-school settings we now follow 'The Curiosity Approach' way of learning. This isn't a drip fed educational approach, it is a way of allowing children the time and space to be curious and inquisitive.
Adult initiated activities are offered to children in a way that allows freedom and ownership over their learning. We have removed tick-sheets and conveyor belt style activities and instead we allow children to produce their own work rather than copying a set outcome.
We respect children when they decide not to engage and instead we follow their direction and interest to create their own schematic style of learning. This isn't about us and what we believe looks good and should be taught to the children, it is about them and the directions that they are naturally drawn towards.
As mindful and passionate educators, we must be observant for clues and cues - looking to see where individual learning journeys take the children and us with them. We must be proactive, reactive, observant and enthusiastically working alongside your children. This takes skillful interactions and mindful adults.
The Curiosity Approach is all about us being researchers with the children, sustaining shared thinking and encouraging that joy or intrinsic motivation, developing and awareness and love of nature, to be curious and inquisitive, to handle, to hold and to explore! To become absorbed in a sensory experience that ignites a sense of wonder.
The children embrace the opportunities to learn at their own pace and in their own direction and we as 'teachers' enjoy the children taking the lead and showing us how and what they want to learn.
During the time we as a company have been introducing this pedagogy, Hayley Lynskey has been through a thorough process and has become a Curiosity Approach Brand Ambassador representing the Herts and Essex area, Hayley offers sessions to any practitioners, parents, carers and grandparents to help spread the word and incorporate this style of learning to benefit all children.
Discovery sessions can be found on the events page of the curiosity approach website.
Please use the link below should you wish to attend a session.
Our practitioners are mindful to set up our environment based on the children's needs and interest. Our practitioners set up play provocations and invitations to engage the children and get the best possible outcomes, all the while allowing the children to be the pilots of their own play.