Philosophy



NESTS’ PHILOSOPHY


At NESTS we believe that

  • every child is unique, can learn and has an individual learning style
  • learning style is a function of heredity and experience, including strengths and limitations, and develops individually over the lifespan.
  • effective teachers continually monitor activities to ensure compatibility of instruction and evaluation with each individual's learning-style strengths.
  • children should have the freedom to make their own choices
  • that parents are the child’s first and most important teachers and their input is essential to the child’s wellbeing

NESTS’ PROPERTIES

At NESTS we believe that
  • each individual NEST will operate as a family environment where children can mix with siblings and build close relationships with their teachers
  • as each centre is run by an owner/operator they can better meet the individual needs of the children and their families.
  • children should spend their days in a calm environment with attractive surroundings both indoors and outdoors.
  • both the indoor and outdoor environment should follow sustainable practices
  • the environment is set up to meet each child’s strengths, needs, skills, interests, and cultural backgrounds

NESTS’ PROGRAMME

At NESTS we believe that
  • effective curriculum and instruction are learning-style based and personalized to address and honour diversity.
  • the activities we engage in with children will enhance children’s learning and development through communication, play, creativity, music and exploration
  • children interact with equipment spontaneously and to suit their needs
  • play and relationships are the most important things through which children learn
  • play, music, laughter, and high quality interactions are the best ways to help a child develop to their full potential

NESTS’ PRACTICES

At NESTS we believe that
  • in developing each child’s individual strengths and characteristics by finding goals that will best benefit their learning and development
  • in encouraging freedom of expression, while encouraging behaviour that is appropriate instead of the behaviour the we do not want
  • children need their basic needs met, such as safety, nutrition and shelter,  before any learning can take place
  • a calm environment is created by playing soft calming music, especially during meal time and sleep times
  • writing quality stories in the children’s profile books will clearly show families how we are going to further develop these skills acquired