The kindergarten program at St. Andrews offers a journey of discovery, full of exciting challenges. The enthusiastic staff are committed to respecting and valuing each individual child, encouraging them to question, investigate, discuss, experiment, and above all, have fun. Children are seen as competent, strong, capable, curious, and full of resources and through this belief are encouraged to discover amazing possibilities within themselves
The Kindergarten provides a nurturing and caring environment in which the children are supported and encouraged in their learning. The children's idea's thoughts, questions, efforts, energy and activities are valued, which become a fountain of strength for their life.
We aim to provide an environment in which children can work as individuals, as valued members of the group and with adults to grow, develop, explore, experience, enjoy and achieve where each learn from the other and together experience the joy of discovery. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in many aspects of the program.
The emergent curriculum builds on the interests of the children and emerges in the process of each activity or project, interests and is flexible. Programming is a 'living document' and is documented in our daily journals and also documented on our program wall each session as both child initiated and planned learning takes place.
We have permanent learning spaces which are open for interpretation on a daily basis, but offer the child the opportunity to build skills with a strong emphasis on play. The environment is designed to cover all areas of social, emotional, language, motor strength and cognitive development.
The children are encouraged and supported to express themselves through their "Hundred Languages". These languages include drawing, painting, sculpture, drama, literature, song, dance, music and much, much more!