It is my role as an educator to assume responsibility for each child’s personal and educational development whilst they are in my care.
Accordingly, my planning and daily care must cater for, stimulate and challenge the diverse range of needs, talents, cultures and interests of my children.
The most effective early childhood curriculum offers creative expression, social and emotional interaction, child-adult communication, child-child communication, physical expression, knowledge acquisition, reasoning practice, risk-taking, and personal autonomy. In this case, play is a serious matter, although it is quite fun to all involved.
Children learn by doing and actively participating.
I strongly agree with the tenets of the National Association for the Education of Young children--that high quality, developmentally appropriate programs should be available to all children (Bredekamp & Rosegrant, 1992, p. Children under the age of eight have enormous potential for growth and achievement, and it is my belief that they have rights to fulfill their possibilities.
A separate statement of the NAEYC divides the concept of appropriateness into two aspects--age appropriateness and individual appropriateness (Bredekamp, 1987, p. This statement coincides with my belief that children are unique individuals who may or may not reflect the usual characteristics of other children of their same age.
I am dedicated to building a safe, home-like yet stimulating and educational environment.
Each child can then experience the sense of equality and trust within the safe haven of preschool.
Furthermore, I believe that a developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children is correctly tailored to the specifics of each age group.
Different ages have different needs, interests, and developmental tasks, and the curriculum should reflect those variations.