School Age Program
Extended Day Program: As part of the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten, this program as the name suggests is an extension of the school day for 4 and 5 years olds, providing them a seamless day, and support for their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and language and literacy development within the Ontario Early Learning Framework.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES – Six overarching principles that orient Ontario’s Early Learning Framework (OELF):
- Early child development sets the foundation for lifetime learning, behaviour and health.
- Partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children.
- Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion are prerequisites for honouring children’s rights, optimal development and learning.
- A planned curriculum supports early learning.
- Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.
- Knowledgeable, responsive early childhood professionals are essential.
Our Curriculum School Age Program
In 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Education published the document, “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years”, as a resource for educators. It outlines goals for children in early years settings, as well as expectations for programs. The document is intended to create a common language and understanding among educators, as well as providing questions for reflection to encourage engagement in thoughtful discussion about best practices.
How Does Learning Happen? is built on four foundations, Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression, imperative to children’s ability to grow and flourish in early years programs and as lifelong learners. How Does Learning Happen? brings an engaging focus to the context of relationships children have with their educators, families, and their environment and how to move forward, building programs that support learning and development for every child.
Good Beginnings has embraced the philosophies outlined in How Does Learning Happen? agency wide and is continually striving to engage our educators as pedagogical leaders in our programs and community.