Early Childhood Center

Early Childhood program
for 2-year-olds

early Childhood 1 Program  
2018-2019
students 3-4 years old
early childhood 2 program
2018-2019
students 4-5 years old
Marymount’s Early Childhood Center (from ages 2-4) implements a child centered, play-based pedagogy that explicitly teaches international values. The curriculum content reflects the latest research on early childhood development with input from leading experts, academics, teachers and parents.

The program is divided into four Learning Strands:
1). Independence and Interdependence
This strand focuses on developing social and emotional development.  This includes the development of an international mindset .

2). Communicating 
This focuses on the development of a broad range of communication skills including language development, early literacy, early mathematics. ICT and computing, expressive arts and creativity.

3). Inquiring
This strand focuses on developing the skills of inquiry through exploring people and the world.

4).  Healthy living and Physical Well-Being.
This strand focuses on developing a positive attitude to health, self- care and physical well-being.

Outdoor play and discovery learning is a fundamental part of our Early Childhood program. The Early Childhood Outdoor Classroom and garden provides our youngest students with a safe, educationally challenging learning environment which builds on their natural curiosity. The development of independence, self-confidence and social skills is made a priority.

The approach to teaching English in the early years is robust and based on recognised research into best practices in the current pedagogy in multilingual classrooms. We understand the educational value of building on the students’ mother tongue language through interlingual teaching and learning. The educators plan inquiry based play activities which are guided in English and tailored to support children as they grow towards becoming confident and enthusiastic English speakers.


In EC2 ( ages 4 - 5 ) the classes implement the New York Engage math curriculum. This is a developmentally appropriate and challenging program that emphasises the understanding of key concepts and skills. The EC2 classes also focus on the important connection between letters and sounds and early literacy skills are a cornerstone of a balanced, play based literacy approach in our EC2 program. 

Spiritual Education

All religious traditions are welcome at Marymount. Our religious education seeks to help children receive and respond to the great gift of God’s personal and deep love for them. Children give thanks and praise to God through regular prayers and song.

Approaches Toward Learning

We strive to promote lifelong learners at Marymount. This attitude is shaped and cultivated at an early age. We know that children must follow their own curiosity and interests to develop their understanding of the world. Children learn to demonstrate initiative by asking questions and making suggestions. We encourage children to persist when facing a challenge and to approach daily activities with creativity and inventiveness. Lastly, we develop reflectiveness in our students, so that they can learn from their experiences.

Student Well-being

 

The well-being of the students features highly in our program. We create opportunities for children to pause and reflect during the school day. The program also values the importance of rest patterns in the children's daily program. 
 
Marymount's Early Childhood Center also places great attention on quality nutrition. Time is built in for the students to enjoy a morning and afternoon snack,  in addition to  a healthy, balanced lunch. Snacks may include pizza, bread, biscuits, yogurt and fruit. Lunches offer a first course of pasta or risotto and a second course of meat or fish and vegetables, along with bread.

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After School Activities

Starting in EC2, children may participate in after school activities. Activities run from 3:30 - 4:30 pm and include such activities as soccer, swimming, arts and crafts, music and dance.

Bus transportation is available to students beginning in EC2.

 

"Early Bird" and "Enriching Children" for Early Childhood 1 & 2


Early Childhood 1 and 2 students have the option of registering for our Early Birds which runs between from 8:00am  to 8:30am.


Students may also register for our after school Enriching Children program which takes place daily from 3:20pm - 4:30pm. In this class students will be exposed to a broad variety of different learning opportunities including painting, dancing, outdoor learning, building, crafts. Enrolment is confirmed on a sign-up basis for the full semester. For further details contact our After School Activities Coordinator, Mr. Andrea Mele, or visit our Extracurricular Activities page.

 

Ms. Helen Davico
Elementary School Principal


Ms. Jackie O'Farrell
Early Childhood Coordinator

Early Childhood Center Outdoor Classroom