Values and Beliefs

The following statements reflect continuing and evolving efforts to articulate the principles that guide our practice.

  • We value relationships as the foundation of learning.
  • We believe children are strong, curious, capable human beings.
  • We value giving time and space for children and adults to embrace their wonder of the natural world and we seek opportunities to encounter and explore nature together.
  • We believe that experiences in and with nature inspire such feelings as freedom, peace and connectedness that support overall well being.
  • We value curiosity, exploration and discovery.
  • We believe trust and respect are essential.
  • We believe children have the right to beautiful, complex environments rich in materials and possibilities.
  • We value a nurturing, supportive, warm, inviting environments for learning.
  • We believe that by making thinking processes visible, we can support continuity of experience and connections in learning for children and adults.
  • We value time as a resource rather than a limiting schedule.
  • We value flexibility and taking risks.
  • We value organization and intentionality.
  • We value participation of children, family, educators and community.
  • We value process over product.
  • We believe play is the work of young children.
  • We value the process of welcoming children and recognize that it is a critical time to support transition, begin building relationships, and create a sense of belonging within our school community.
  • We seek to integrate all domains of learning in enriched, varied experiences with children to create a holistic approach to early childhood education.
  • We value working in small groups and this is motivation to explore, find, and build more opportunities to do so.
  • We value creating opportunities for children to have mixed-age experiences and encounters.
  • We value seeking to build more depth in our work with children through full use of all resources.
  • We value the benefit children gain from multiple interactions with different adults for a multitude of reasons.
  • We value individual strengths of all adults in our community and seek to maximize those contributions with the children.
  • We value professional collaboration as essential to our work and agree to build time for it into the schedule.
  • We value respect for intentionality of the work of our community and routines needed to support that work.
  • We value short- and long-range projections to support research-based learning.
  • We believe that all values are genetically linked to action.
  • We believe that school is a place of joy!