The primary goals of childhood are to grow, learn and play. Through play, children develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments.
Bumblebee Preschool strives to offer a nurturing, supportive environment for learning, socialization and exploration, where children feel safe to express emotions, take risks and seek help.
Play is Essential
According to the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), play is essential for optimal development.
The Bumblebee program is a play-based program designed for children aged three and four. In surroundings that are filled with natural daylight, a variety of play areas encourage a child’s self-expression – painting and drawing, water and sand play, building blocks, dramatic play/dress-up area and a quiet loft area for reading.
Emphasis is placed on being considerate and on understanding that each child has an important place in the group. Children learn to co-operate with each other and how to interact with friends. Good manners are encouraged and practised daily.
A parent provides a group snack for the class daily. Our children take turns participating in show & tell, which promotes an opportunity for the children to practise social skills and to gain confidence when public speaking.
Outside play and gym time allows children to experience all of the developmental domains including physical, emotional, social and cognitive.