” Early childhood should be a journey, not a race. “
There are three categories identified to classify the types of curriculum:
Skill led curriculums
Edison Learning Connected Curriculum is combining all three of these approaches and focusing not only on‚ what’ of the curriculum is important but also on, how‘ it is delivered. The principles which guide the work of all early years practitioners are:
- A Unique Child: every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive Relationships: children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationship with parents and/or a key person.
- Enabling Environments: the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
- Learning and Development: children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and interconnected.
To follow these principles, the curriculum is divided into units which usually last for 6 weeks. Each unit is dedicated to different topic e.g. All about me, Journeys, Ground, Air and Water etc. Each unit is designed to develop the whole spectrum of abilities and skills:
- interpersonal and social skills: getting along, helping, cooperation;
- intrapersonal skills: regulation of attention and behaviour, following rules, finding a solution, personal needs etc.;
- academics: discovering and getting to know the world around us;
- communication, literacy and language skills: recognition of letters‘ shapes and sounds, confidence and ability to express yourself verbally, prewriting skills etc.;
- problem-solving, problem seasoning and number skills: counting, recognising shapes, patterns, finding a solution etc.;
- physical skills: moving around, learning about one’s body (abilities and limits), demonstrate the control of the body, exercise etc.;
- creative skills: using visual art as self-expression, singing, and playing instruments, creating sounds etc.
At the end of each unit parent/legal guardian receives the report which informs about the progress the child has made, identifies the difficulties, recognises strong areas and suggests solutions if needed.