Our philosophy regarding early childhood education is that children learn, develop and grow by doing what they do best naturally and spontaneously which is PLAY! The process of learning through play occurs in an atmosphere where trust, security and comfort are nurtured and supported.
Our goal at St. Giles is to assist your child in developing self-confidence, self-discipline and a sensitivity and awareness in his/her interactions with others; both children and adults. Children’s behaviour is influenced by their overall development, their environment and the adults who care for them. Our preschool sets the stage for young children to begin to work toward this goal.
Where space is sufficient, as it is at St.Giles, children can play, work, and move freely from activity to activity in a relaxed setting. The specially chosen toys and materials, the variety of age-appropriate activities, the physical space, and the feeling of warmth, trust and security which surrounds the children are all key ingredients which help foster growth and development.
As parents and teachers, we believe that the process of growth entails making mistakes which is an essential part of a child’s overall growth and development. We believe it is important to encourage children to think for themselves, to take risks and to voice their thoughts, knowing that they will be listened to, heard and respected.