HCK’S curriculum is based on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC, City of Helsinki)
HCK’S curriculum is based on
Early Childhood Education and Care
(ECEC, City of Helsinki)
THE LEARNING AREAS OF OUR CURRICULUM AND ACTION PLAN
Happy Children Kindergarten follows the Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care. Five learning areas have been taken from the curriculum and incorporated into the operational plan of Happy Children Kindergarten. The learning areas are used when making your child’s individual early education and care plan (VASU) to monitor how they are developing and for our educators to set pedagogical goals to support your children individual needs.
Rich language environment
Linguistic skills, abilities and identities
Our kindergarten is an international kindergarten with children from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We use English to communicate. Children will develop their communication skills as they play and interact with their peers and teachers. Through the usage of songs and nursery rhymes, children can expand their vocabulary and pronunciation. Additionally, interacting with letters through fun activities lays the foundation for future reading and writing skills. The outcome of supporting the child’s linguistic skills is to increase their capacity in multiliteracy, interaction, and participation.
Various forms of self-expression
Bodily, Verbal, Visual and Musical
Your children can develop their creativity through interaction with their environment, role play, creative movement and dance, singing, music, storytelling, design and technology, and exploring materials. They are encouraged to use their five senses and develop their curiosity about exploring different materials and how they can be used in different ways. Your children will be given the chance to be creative and express themselves in different ways in open activity areas. Happy Children Kindergarten uses different modes of technology such as tablets, to increase opportunities for self-expression through music, visual, and bodily expression. Cultural heritage and art can be introduced by visiting places of interest such as museums or galleries. This area of learning also surrounds crafts such as art and using items from nature.
Me and my community
The past, present and future of the local community
This learning area focuses on your child’s development to explore the environment around them. In addition to their traditions and values that they learn at home, they learn about the diversity of others, the perspectives of peers and teachers, and their community. The goal of the child interacting with their environment is to help them to understand that people are different but equal and to support them to respect those differences, in collaboration with their parents. An example could be to visit the Children’s museum to gain perspective about how the older generation lived many years ago to gain insight into the past. They will also learn of local authorities roles such as fire department, police and hospital.
Exploring and interacting with the local environment
Mathematical thinking and technology education
The main outcome of exploration and interaction with the environment is to provide fun ways to introduce and support the child’s learning dispositions in areas such as science, technology, environment, and mathematics. It is based on the child being spontaneous in the sense that the learning moments may happen whilst out and about on a trip. These discovery moments can happen for example when we are in the forest collecting pine cones, sticks and leaves for our project. As well as counting how many cutlery needed when setting tables for meal time.
Growth and development
Physical activity, nutrition education, health and safety
Pedagogical goals related to your child’s growth and development surround the areas of physical movement, nutrition, health, and safety. Happy Children Kindergarten provides movement through an inside gym, surrounding parks as well as during trips. At mealtimes, we provide a comfortable environment whereby a positive attitude towards food is encouraged.
When applicable, we will introduce different types of food and promote table manners. We support that children to be able to take care of their well-being through the promotion of health, personal hygiene, rest, and exercise. When going out on trips we promote traffic safety by teaching your children aspects such as looking out for cars before crossing the street. All-in-all, these aspects of learning boost their self-esteem and independence.
Bullying prevention begins with Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Group bonding and happy atmosphere of a child group prevent bullying effectively. In ECEC, children can play in peace. Declaring playtime peace is a good way of initiating the work conducted by children, guardians, staff and strengthens friendships and prevent bullying.