Our curriculum is created by incorporating Flight; Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework, the Te Whāriki Approach out of Aotearoa/New Zealand and Emergent Curriculum based planning
Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework
Safe and caring environments where emotional and physical health, positive identities, and sense of belonging are nurtured and protected.
Communication and Literacies
Intellectually, socially, and culturally supportive communicative practices, languages, literacies, and literate identities.
Play and Playfulness
Open and flexible environments where playful exploration, problem solving, and creativity are strenghtened and purposefully planned.
Diversity & Social Responsibility
Socially inclusive and culturally sensitive environments considering, inclusive, equitable, democratic, and sustainable practices are enacted, and social responsibility is nurtured.
Shaping responsive practices in early learning and childcare communities
FLIGHT is a guide for early childhood educators to use in their everyday work with young
children The Framework focuses on holistic goals rather than specific outcomes for subject areas. Early childhood educators use the goals in
the curriculum framework to describe and interpret children’s everyday learning experiences.
Built on a framework of principles and strands, incorporating aspirational statements for children, that weave together to create goals and indicative outcomes for children and families.
The approach reflects the holistic learning and development of children
Motivation and support builds on a children's positive identity
Children learn through having responsive and reciprocal relationships
Family & Community
The wider worlds of family and community are an integral part of the Te Whāriki approach
The 5 strands that weave through these principles:
Play is valued as meaningful learning and the importance of spontaneous play is recognized.
Connecting links with family and the wider world are affirmed and extended
Equitable opportunities are provided for learning, irrespective of gender, ability, age, ethnicity or background.
Children develop non-verbal communication skills for a range of purposes.
Children will experience an environment where their emotional and physical health is promoted.
Nurturing a sense of belonging and wellness
Our educators work with children to develop their daily routines, expectations, and play-based learning opportunities.
exploration and challenges
Provocations are interactive displays set up as an invitation for children. The
provocations are created using a variety of loose parts – open ended materials
such as peg boards, rocks, tongs, sorting containers, etc.
Loose parts provocations encourage creative exploration, challenge children to
think in new ways, and manipulate materials how they chose to. With no specific
outcome these activities support the child’s abilities and imagination.
We are pleased to offer nutritional lunches for the children in our care.
Mealtimes at Exploring Wonders are very important, as are meals with family at home. We use this
time to connect with the children, chat about the day and share stories with each other.
We understand the importance of a well-balanced menu and have developed creative ways to optimize nutritional experiences.
Parents provide morning and afternoon snack.