Queen of Hearts is divided into two clear areas, one for children over 30 months (The Mad Hatter Rooms) and one for children under 30 months (The White Rabbit Rooms). Each morning we come together in our rooms for Wake and Shake to help ready us for the day ahead before starting our day. We also have family time in early afternoon where the children start by singing "O Canada" prior to working together on music, rhythm and singing.
The daily program for all children encompasses the needs of the whole child. Particular emphasis is placed on :
Social - feelings and reactions about and to others
Emotional - spiritual, feelings and reactions about themselves
Communication/language - spoken, written and gestural
Cognitive - mental abilities – e.g. discovering, sorting, classifying
Physical - including growth and motor development (gross and fine).
Six areas of learning and development:
Communication, language and literacy
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
Personal, social and emotional development
Knowledge and understanding of the World
The importance of play cannot be over emphasised and the curriculum is carefully planned in order that each child learns through play and every opportunity to extend this play is taken. The topics are therefore fun and child centred allowing for flexibility and spontaneity. The full learning curriculum is at Queen of Hearts for parents to read.
Both French and Sign languages are taught within the daily program as well as dance, yoga and physical activities. One to one learning with qualified teachers is part of the day in the Mad Hatter Room helping children on an individual basis with their learning skills.
Parents are always welcome at Queen of Hearts and we have several open days during the year where the children demonstrate what they have learned and made as well as performing brilliantly to their parents and family. We tend to hold these on Saturday mornings in the summer and at Christmas. Parent and Grandparent appreciation mornings throughout the year offer a chance to grab a coffee and muffin prior to going to work. The children love showing their families around their Nursery.
Parents are actively encouraged to become involved in their child’s pre-school care. This is achieved by a constant dialogue between staff and parents which enables information regarding a child’s educational development to be shared. Yearly and half yearly reports are sent to parents and meetings are held to discuss each child’s progress. However the door is always open and at any time parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress and needs. A report card is sent home each day outlining the day’s activities, any particular notes about the child including how much the children ate and the menu for the next day.