Our Philosophy

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Our Philosophy

At Summerhill, we believe that each child deserves a secure, nurturing and stimulating environment where self-esteem is protected, confidence in ability is built and opportunities for exploration and self-discovery are abundant. Our integrated educational approach, of Reggio Emilia, High/Scope and Montessori methodologies, fosters the individual capabilities of each child and develops their cognitive, physical, social and emotional needs. Our programs recognize the individuality of each child and our aim is to provide experiences which enable each child to learn and develop to their optimal potential. Emphasis is placed on the process over the product in order to encourage a feeling of success without pressure, which in turn, fosters a sense of accomplishment and pride for each child.

At Summerhill we value “play” as an important part of children’s physical and cognitive growth. Supporting this philosophy, our qualified teachers plan and implement a wide variety of meaningful and age-appropriate opportunities for children to “learn through play.” Weekly activities are created with the individual needs and interests of each child in mind. This commitment to the individual establishes an environment in which children are free to think creatively, problem solve, make decisions, explore and experiment with new ideas through trial and error. Summerhill’s inclusion of group work within our curriculum, will allow your child to interact with other children and adults in a learning kinship. The exposure to group dynamics at such a young age will aid your child in learning essential life skills such as sharing, cooperating and compromising, while developing the self confidence needed for future success.