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.
The WILLOWS WAY® is an educational approach that draws on the best of Reggio Emilia, Vygotsky, Montessori, Froebel, and other leading pedagogical thought.
We believe that all children are capable of great things, and our aim is to provide a learning environment that supports every child in reaching their potential. For the developing brain to become optimally receptive to teaching it must be ignited by a combination of Love, Optimal Nutrition, Exercise and the practice of gratitude. Our approach is based on the latest research in child development and learning, and we work hard to ensure that our curriculum is responsive to the needs of our children.
We place a strong emphasis on play-based learning, as we believe that this is the best way for children to learn and develop. We also believe in the power of collaboration, and our classrooms are designed to promote cooperation and communication.
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 and 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 brain’s 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.
“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”
Areas Of Learning
At Willows, our curriculum is heavily weighted towards PSED (personal, social and emotional development) to help children achieve the early learning goals. We believe that this is best accomplished in a natural, holistic play-based environment. By introducing the areas of learning in this way, children are better able to think critically, understand and retain information. In doing so, children develop life skills such as confidence, resilience, independence and communication. The results speak for themselves, your children are well-prepared to succeed both in world class learning environments and in life.
Learn More About Our Programmes
For infants Willows believes that PSED is the foundation for everything that follows and spends a great deal of time creating enabling environments that nurture this characteristic.
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!