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The Curiosity Approach
The Curiosity Approach incorporates the importance of uninterrupted play as a method of early childhood development, by letting a child’s natural curiosity and interests guide the learning experience. This involves a uniquely-conceptualised indoor and outdoor environment, loose-parts play areas, a sensory playground and real-life objects to explore, rather than unimaginative, single-purpose toys.
By encompassing aspects of various early childhood development philosophies, including Reggio Emilia, The Steiner Education Approach, Te Whāriki, and the Montessori Method of Childhood Education, the Curiosity Approach aims to shift the teaching philosophy at our nursery school from overly structured and outcome-based, to learning through play.
How does the Curiosity Approach work in practice?
Traditional tables and chairs in our classrooms have been replaced with themed pockets of learning and furniture made from natural material. When entering the classroom, children are drawn to various play stations designed to arouse their curiosity. They can explore as they wish, with our nursery school teachers guiding them to ensure that they still gain exposure to a multitude of skills and learning facets.
How will children’s progress be monitored?
Teachers at our nursery school develop a closer, more nurturing relationship with each child and monitors them continuously, rather than only for a predetermined period. Our regular excellent curriculum based on the ELDAs remains in place, which is the foundation on which Curro’s early childhood development philosophy is built.