Our curriculum at Wonder Years is based around the Aistear Aims and Learning Goals and the Síolta Principles. We are committed to supporting a curriculum that creates a child centred, play based environment which empowers children to actively pursue their own learning. This means that we take our cues from the children’s expressions of interest and we aim to develop the children’s learning experiences through interaction while they are at play.
We also recognise the importance of daily routines for all children in our care. We provide a programme of activities which encourage the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, creative and language development of all children in our care.
We are conscious of the community in which we are located and we encourage parents and local professionals to get involved in our toddler and pre-school learning experience each year. This can include inviting a Garda or fireman etc. in to meet our children and allow the children to ask questions and learn about the community in which they live.
Each week we have a different topic for the children’s learning experience and we aim to encourage learning using these themes in an enjoyable way. Each week we display a learning plan for each age group, and this dictates the outline of our day to day experiences but we leave flexibility to develop the children’s own ideas.
Our curriculum is emergent in nature in that our focus is on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences.
The primary aim and purpose of our curriculum is to encourage all of the children to become confident and competent young learners through age and stage appropriate activities.