Our philosophy of early childhood education is based on The Reggio Emilia Approach, a proven philosophy to encourage the strongest development for your child. The most defining characteristic of the method is the way a child is viewed and creating a curriculum based around the unique makeup of each and every classroom. The Reggio Approach views the child as a strong, resourceful and curious individual, capable of constructing his/her own learning. Quite simply this means that the children determine the topic of study and participate in planning the curriculum. The teachers take the topic and immerse all learning centers with that theme so that the children can continue to grow in all areas of development, encouraging the child to gain confidence in their learning abilities. The immersion portion is crucial to developing a well rounded child, as the children are drawn to areas of the classroom that they may not be particularly attracted to, but are interested in the theme related elements of each center to encourage engagement in areas that the child may not feel comfortable in. The classroom belongs to the community of children; it is the children’s classroom, not the teacher’s classroom. Read more on The Reggio Emilia Approach here and here.
Child Time Inc. preschools offer full and part time schedules for children 18 months to 10 years of age. The children are divided into classes by age group, catered to strengthening the learning skills provided by each different grade. We use the September 1st cutoff date, based off of the Salt Lake City School District guidelines. Our goal is to build an engaging and rewarding classroom community; we do that by keeping the group together throughout the school year and graduating the group as whole to the next class each fall session. We do not move children on their birthdays. By using the September 1 cutoff date, we drastically reduce the amount of turnover for the classrooms. It is very difficult on the children when there is a continual flow of children entering and exiting the group, disrupting the community created in each and every classroom. Keeping a group together for the entire year facilitates the children developing lasting friendships and provides the teachers with more time to get to know the children and their levels of development, enabling them to continually challenge each child in the group. Children are comforted by consistency and dependability; it is our priority to plan for as much continuity as possible.