Goals for Great Beginnings
- To provide a loving, caring atmosphere where physical affection is freely given.
To instill in each child a feeling of autonomy and a positive self-concept.
- To provide a joyful, enthusiastic and spontaneous approach with the children.
- To meet each child’s physical needs.
- To establish the foundations for respect of equipment
- To establish the foundations for respect of others – Social Development
- To provide for the language development that is so important at this stage of development
- To make available developmentally and individually appropriate materials on the shelves at the child’s level (manipulatives, dramatic play, pull toys, Fisher-Price….).
- To provide ample opportunity for use of gross motor skills.
- To provide a variety of activities that begin to introduce the following curriculum areas: art, science, cooking, social studies, dramatic play, manipulative activities, language, large motor, music and movement.
- To be supportive of parents, encouraging involvement, encouraging open and honest communication, with tact and discretion.
- To develop staff potential through proper supervision by making expectations clear, following through to see that expectations are met, and utilizing staff input and abilities.
- To develop self-help skills in order to create a feeling of independence and confidence in the child. (This can be accomplished through toilet training, encouraging children to dress themselves and to help in food preparation.)
- To provide care in smaller subgroups, in order to give each child more personal attention, to prevent under and over stimulation, to allow more freedom of choices, and to maintain a more relaxed atmosphere.