At Cart Mill Family Centre we are proud of our approach to children’s learning. I, the head teacher, feel strongly influenced by my considerable time spent in the study and practical application of early years education, and in particular the work of Loris Malaguzzi , Founder of the Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy. He believed in the natural creativity that children possess and called it “The 100 Languages of Children” whereby children have a hundred symbolic languages, including drawing, sculpting, dramatic play, writing, and painting which are used to represent children’s thinking processes and theories. As children work through problems and ideas, they are encouraged to depict their understanding using many different representations.
We aspire to see the hundred languages of all our children by creating a learning environment, indoors and outdoors, that supports creativity through the use of natural resources and real world play objects, for example our workbench with real tools and our real bricks in the construction site outdoors. Our Educators are tasked with assisting children in their creative journeys through thoughtful observations and careful interventions that enable children to reach their creative learning potential.
This strong pedagogy supports children to experience the early level of Curriculum for Excellence. Pedagogy is about the interactions and experiences which support the curriculum and the process of how children learn. This is inseparable from what young children should learn – the content of the curriculum.