The Learning Tree is the foundation on which Willowbrae Academy is built. Like a sapling, children will grow and develop into a strong independent tree, in a nurturing caring environment. Our Learning Philosophy, branches provide the framework for learning, our six learning areas form the mighty trunk of our learning tree and our learning roots are the base that support the tree. From the roots of the Willowbrae Learning Tree to the top of the branches, each part plays a vital part in providing the highest standard of childcare possible. Our Learning Tree provides children a solid foundation for lifelong learning. At Willowbrae Academy we firmly believe it is a place “Where children come to grow!”
Children learn best through play whether it is teacher guided or child initiated. Willowbrae Academy curriculums are designed to create learning opportunities through interactions, relationships, environments and experiences. We believe that a balanced curriculum in all areas of development will allow children to maximize their learning potential.
The outside environment is an extension of the classroom. Outdoor play develops motor skills, contributes to cognitive and social-emotional development, and builds an appreciation for the outdoors. At Willowbrae, children have opportunities to explore the community and surrounding resources as part of the curriculum.
Learning by doing. Hands-on activities involve children in a total learning experience which enhances their ability to think critically. Children engage their minds and bodies in sensory experiences while listening, talking and making their own discoveries.
Willowbrae Academy recognizes children’s learning needs are diverse. We believe in providing programs that meet the needs of every child in our care. Staff expose children to new experiences and skills that will help then grow as individuals and reach their full potential. Children participate in fun activities that enrich, strengthen and expand their learning.
Our Academies are designed by professionals who focus on a child’s needs. Willowbrae provides children with a safe, healthy, comfortable, flexible, and child-sized environment that supports their physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.
All learning is connected. Integrated programs allow children to add other elements to existing activities. Our programs are based on a child’s interest and designed to stimulate curiosity and possibilities.
At Willowbrae we firmly believe that to effectively meet children’s needs, staff must work closely with families and communities. Teaching and learning is not an isolated endeavour, rather teamwork involving positive interaction between children, staff, parents and community.
Children experience safe and caring environments where physical health and positive lifestyle choices are promoted and encouraged. Children explore body and movement, develop gross and fine motor skills, learn about food and nutrition, and are taught to take responsibility for personal care.
Children experience open and flexible environments where playful exploration and problem solving are encouraged. Children test their limits, learn the dynamics of working together, and develop different strategies to identify and work out problems. Children also learn to question, observe and inquire about the world around them.
Children experience a safe and caring environment where their emotional health, positive self-identities, and sense of belonging are fostered. Children develop a sense of self and a sense of others. Children learn to form trusting, respectful relationships.
Children experience intellectually, socially and culturally engaging environments where their speech, language, literacy, social communication skills are valued and supported. These skills are developed through classroom activities, peer interaction, and active play.
Children are exposed to open and flexible environments where imagination and creativity are encouraged through dramatic play, music, dance, arts and crafts. Children create imaginary scenarios in which they explore new possibilities. Children are encouraged to create something new and original.
Children are exposed to a socially inclusive and culturally sensitive environment, where social responsibility is nurtured. Children are taught to respect diversity and appreciate their own uniqueness and that of others. Children learn how to be emphatic, co-operative, helping, and how to develop friendships.