Characterization of daycare age groups (0 to 3 years)
The main characteristic of this age is the existence of a positive emotional relationship that stimulates the most important achievements of the first years of life and supports the physical and psychological well-being of each child.
It is important that in these ages the child feels safe and connected to the educator / helper, in order to feel like a “second home.”
At these ages learning is done in an essentially sensorial way, and it is therefore important to transmit different sensations (tactile, visual, auditory, and olfactory) to children through the choice of materials in the activity rooms / playground and also through the activities guided by the educators. Although it is in an egocentric stage, only an environment that promotes contact between different peers and adults allows the child to become a sociable and gradually more autonomous human being.
Thus, we have as main objectives for the nursery:
- Establish with each child an affective relationship of affection and comfort, in order to increase the bond with the adult and feel secure;
- Encourage the participation of families in the educational pathway of the child;
- Create a stimulating and didactic educational space, which transmits different sensations;
- Provide a calm, welcoming and beneficial environment for the harmonious development of children
- According to age, explore the curriculum in a very flexible way;
- Develop expression and communication through multiple languages: facial expressions, gestures, first words, sounds;
- Provide the child’s well-being and integral development in a climate of hygiene, health, affective and physical security, through a predominantly personalized service;
- Collaborate with families and / or caregivers on a constant sharing of care and responsibility throughout the developmental process and development of the child;
- Stimulate the general development of the child, respecting their individual characteristics, incorporating behaviours that support significant and diversified learning;
- Promote curiosity and multi-sensory stimulation;
- Promote personal and social development based on small social experiences and with a concern to promote education with values;