The Early Years are a vital part of a child’s development and at the School of Early Childhood, George Brown College we emphasize the importance of positive relationships and engagement. To do this, we follow Ontario’s Pedagogy, How Does Learning Happen? Over the next few months we will share information that supports this pedagogy and hopefully enlighten you.
Let’s begin this month with the definition of pedagogy according to How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy (pg. 3). The term pedagogy refers to the process of understanding and supporting learning. Pedagogical approaches that support quality programs are those that:
1. Build positive and responsive relationships;
2. Focus on children’s social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive development in a holistic way;
3. Provide environments in which children learn through exploration, play, and inquiry; encourage self-reflection, discussion, and ongoing collaboration and learning among educators;
4. Engage with families, and value their strengths, contributions, and unique perspectives; and use pedagogical documentation to study, interpret, make visible, and help inform children’s learning and development.
These pedagogical approaches support children as they learn along a developmental continuum, and allow for smoother transitions from one program to another – for example, from child care and family support programs to kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond.
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