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Early Years Program (ages 2 1/2 – 4)

Nurturing and Stimulating Young Minds

What does the Reggio-inspired environment look like in the Early Years?

Our learning spaces are beautiful. In the Reggio Emilia tradition the environment is clean, open, and inviting. The environment is filled with stunning materials, light tables, books, and furniture. Each classroom also has a mini-atelier (art studio). The Early Years environment has been specifically designed to meet the development needs of children aged 2 1/2 to 4 years and to stimulate rapid learning and brain growth.

Children in our Early Years program have access to the amazing facilities of our entire school,including our piazza (an open public space used for community gatherings), dramatic play centre, science lab, yoga and meditation room, kitchen, and performing arts spaces.

Our Early Years students also have their very own learning spaces that have been crafted specifically for smaller people. These include the Early Years indoor gym, art materials and resources for little hands, separate Early Years dining room, and the Early Years playground.

Tuition includes organic-based snacks and meals from Organic Kids in our very popular half-day and full-day programs.

Our programs are in full compliance with the Ontario Child Care and Early Years’ Act and York Region Public Health provisions. We are inspected regularly.

Please note: Program fills quickly

Richland students are kind, happy, confident and responsible. As a community we foster relationships
with each other and our environment, based on respect and understanding.

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What does an academically rigorous curriculum look like in the Early Years?

Richland Academy’s play-based Early Years program implements the provincial curriculum document How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. This curriculum is organized into four broad categories that are necessary for children to grow and flourish: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression.

  • Belonging refers to a sense of connectedness to others, an individual’s experiences of being valued, of forming relationships with others and making contributions as part of a group, a community, and the natural world.
  • Well-being addresses the importance of physical and mental health and wellness. It incorporates capacities such as self-care, sense of self, and self-regulation skills.
  • Engagement suggests a state of being involved and focused. Through play and inquiry,they develop skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, and innovating, which areessential for learning and success in school and beyond.
  • Expression or communication (to be heard, as well as to listen) may take many different forms.

Tuition includes organic-based snacks, beverages and meals.

If you have any questions call (905)-224-5600

Specialist programming

Your child’s education in the Early Years Program is enhanced through the work of our specialist teachers. Across the two years of the Early Years program, the academic curriculum is enriched through the teaching of Art, Music, and French. Specialist teachers are Ontario Certified
Teachers with experience with young learners.

International Baccalaurete programming

When your child enters the Early Years Program at Richland, they also begin their journey into the rich and rigorous International Baccalaurete program. The Early Years teaching teams plan their big themes and lines of inquiry according to the IB model. The IB framework develops the intellectual, personal, social, and emotional skills children need to thrive in a rapidly globalizing and changing world.

Learning experiences are designed according to this enriched curriculum and we report on your child’s progress across these areas three times during the school year.

What do inquiry-based learning classroom experiences look like in the Early Years?

Teachers carefully plan classroom spaces and materials to stimulate learning. Unique materials act as provocations to engage children in learning. As children explore and play their brains develop rapidly. Their fine motor skills and gross motor skills improve, the building blocks of literacy and numeracy develop, and their ability to socialize, solve conflicts, and recover from conflicts.

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