Family Centre understands that it takes all of us to raise healthy and resilient children who will contribute to future healthy communities. The ECE Department believes that each child’s care, play, learning, and development are nurtured as facilitators work within the relationships built with children; appreciating families’ social and cultural practices and traditions; and embracing a strong capable image of the child, as a mighty learner and citizen.
The Alberta child care framework ( http://childcareframework.com/play-participation-and-possibilities/) challenges facilitators’ understanding of young children and their needs which enables us to development programs that promote optimal development.
The framework guides us to consider:
- How we nurture children’s sense of well-being and belonging in community.
- How we use activities, materials, and the environment to help children become confident in expressing their ideas.
- How we can create space for children’s growing awareness of diversity and social responsibility.
- Why we create opportunities for play with others in thoughtfully designed environments.
When you come to Family Centre, you will notice that play is really important! Play is about inventing and creating. It builds imagination and curiosity. It helps children take careful and thoughtful risks. Playing helps children understand the world and face challenges. From the art area to the block area to the infant area, you will find different and unusual materials and activities that will enhance and encourage play.
Family Centre is proud to be a part of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative which indicates that: Nurturing environments, particularly from pre-natal to six years of age, are essential for healthy brain development. The basic architecture of the human brain is constructed through an ongoing process that begins before birth and continues into adulthood.