The Willows Way®
Our Mission Statement
At the very heart of the Willows approach is our belief that parents, teachers and children contribute equally to the learning journey in a meaningful way.
To achieve this:
Our teachers confidently respond to children’s ideas and interests.
We have faith that children are interested in things worth knowing about.
We help parents to be knowledgeable and creative members of a supportive educational team.
We have taken the very best ideas from educationalist philosophies that include Froebel, Vygotsky, Montessori, Steiner and Reggio Emilia. The result is a unique atmosphere of open partnerships that is developmentally apposite for adults and children alike – a unique curriculum that nurtures your child’s extraordinary mind. We call this approach THE WILLOWS WAY®.
“If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly”
– Buddhist Proverb
The brain continues to mature and develop after birth and this process depends upon a child’s experiences. In the same way that wholesome nutrition, contact with other people and objects are fundamental nutrients for the maturing brain, different experiences can cause the brain to acquire different capabilities. It is this “plasticity”, the brains ability to develop and alter in response to the stresses of the environment, that assists our children to learn how to use computers as efficaciously as our forebears learned how to stalk animals in the wild.
The trillions of synapses and the pathways they shape make up the “wiring” of the brain; they allow all of the various areas to connect and function together in a synchronized way. The number and organization of connections in the brain influence everything from the ability to distinguish letters of the alphabet to managing complex social relationships.
The Willows Way® is where teachers, parents and children create bespoke enabling environments that are used to facilitate the correct wiring of the brain to take place.
Areas of Learning
Willows uses seven areas of learning that enables us to map a child’s age appropriate progress towards school readiness. Whilst all of these areas are of equal importance the exposure to each is dictated by the stage of development of the child.
Communication and Language
Physical Development and Nutrition
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Designs
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For toddlers we introduce in a more formal way the specific areas of learning that will match learning styles and interest of each unique child. However, PSED remains a critical and large contributor to a child’s development.
At the pre-school age group the previous years enable all children to display the characteristics of effective learning such as resilience, engagement and a healthy attitude towards risk taking – they are school ready!