How Does Learning Happen?
Learning Happens Through
Addressing the importance of physical and mental health and wellness. It incorporates capacities such as self care, sense of self, and self-regulation skills.
Refers to a sense of connectedness to others, an individual’s experiences of being valued, of forming relationships with others and making contributions as part of a group, a community, the natural world.
A state of being involved and focused. When children are able to explore the world around them with their natural curiosity and exuberance, they are fully engaged. Through this type of play and inquiry, they develop skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, and innovation, which are essential for learning and success in school and beyond.
Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasingly complex communication. Opportunities to explore materials support creativity, problem solving, and mathematical behaviors. Language-rich environments support growing communication skills, which are foundational for literacy.
Learning Happens Home Child Care Agency is a private organization licensed through the Ministry of Education. We focus on providing responsive care that promotes the health, safety and well-being of children. To us, children are ‘competent, capable, curious and rich in potential.’ We value children’s curiosity and sense of exploration and play to enhance their ability to self-regulate. We believe children come with a lived experience and knowledge. Our educators recognize and provide an individualized program and support for each child as they learn at their own pace.
Learning Happens Home Child Care Agency’s Providers are independent contractors who are monitored by the agency to provide quality programs for families in their homes. Our Home Visitors/Consultants collaborate with Home Child Care Providers and families to help support the children with their ongoing needs and development. Our program statement reflects the Ministry of Education’s statement on programming and policy (O.Reg. 137/15 ss 46-1-4) as well as Learning Happens Home Child Care Agency’s Policies and Procedures.
In our programs we strive to:
Plan for positive learning environments and experiences
Provide child-initiated and adult-supported experiences
Support positive and responsive interactions among the children, parents, child care providers, and staff
Involve local community partners to support the children, families and staff
Foster the engagement of parents through ongoing communication about the program and their children
Build strong, trusting, collaborative relationships with parents
Utilize the Ministry’s Standard Home Visitors Checklist
Play & Inquiry Based Programming
We believe children need time to explore through play and have opportunities for natural inquiry. Our programs are developed with awareness of the children’s interests, individual needs and strengths, and goals based on input from parents.
According to our pedagogy ‘How does learning happen?’ children learn best when they are:
- Actively involved and choose to pursue their own interests
- Able to explore and manipulate open ended and process-oriented materials
- Able to express and talk about their feelings and emotions while discovering
- Supported by the educators as being their partners in shaping the learning experience
Educators as Co-Learners
Children learn best when they have supportive educators who can encourage them to learn by being their partners in the daily experiences provided.
Our Home Child Care Providers and the Home Visitors design the daily routines to provide a predictable environment that is nurturing and supports children’s health and well-being. Our Providers also collaborate with specialized community resources to support and implement the Individual Program Plan (IPPs) to support the diverse needs and abilities of children of all ages.
Most importantly, our Home Child Care Providers work with families like yours to understand your child’s needs and create a blend of culture and child development to reflect the four foundations of HDLH.
Environment as third teacher
Our home child care environments are set up in a way that will help each child develop to their full potential. The environment where children play is designed to encourage the children’s imagination, sense of curiosity and creativity on a daily basis.
Our Home Visitors and Providers set short-term and long-term learning goals for each child in care and provide experiences to support children in their goal achievement.
Daily outdoor play is an important element in helping children develop their physical skills. Offering a variety of different activities including indoor and outdoor play, as well as, rest or quiet time to children will help them develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.
Implementation of the Program Statement Approach
Pedagogical documentation and Implementation of the Program Statement Approach. We do this by:
Health and safety inspections
Regular home visits
Hiring highly qualified staff with expertise in child development
Developmental screening of children
Offering an early learning environment to children in care
Meeting the provincial licensing standards
Reflective practice and collaborative inquiry
(How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, 2014)