2 to 3 Years

Preschool Program (2 to 3 years)

Our preschool program is designed for 2 to 3 year old children and is aimed to develop their natural interest in exploring the environment around them. 2 to 3 year olds have enormous capacity and capability for learning. At this stage, your children will be ready for more organized and challenging play including thematic and dramatic play. The EYFS requires our teachers to focus on personal, social and emotional development while building on children’s communication and language skills. Additionally, children will learn new skills through activities encouraging independent play that focuses on Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding of the World. Learning takes place everywhere in our preschool including outdoors, in construction areas, climbing, riding trikes or painting activities. The entire time your child’s Key Person will continue to make observations about your child and share their learning journey with you.

Key Essentials:

The Early Years Foundation Stage requires that children in a group setting must be assigned to one adult called their Key Person. The key person approach is a way of giving undivided attention and focus aimed at close attachment of individual children with individual staff member. The key person is responsible to help your child feel settled and familiar with the setting, feel confident and safe within it and for children to feel secure and happy as they explore and try new things in their preschool. Key person experience also ensures that parents have the opportunity to build a personal relationship with one staff member rather than number of people who work within the childcare setting. The same key person is there to greet your child in the mornings, to provide comfort to them if they’re upset, to enjoy time with them and play with them one on one whenever possible or offer intimate bodily care. This staff member will also have other children for whom she is a key person and as part of being skillful at their job is being available for all children at all times.

At this stage children will be introduced to learning areas to promote their independence, ability to make their own choices in balance with teacher lead activities, which are called Small Group Times. Our learning areas are intentionally designed to meet children’s natural desires to look for interesting things, to engage with developmentally and age-appropriate manipulatives which cover all Seven Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. These are defining features of our learning environments:

  • Open floor plan
  • Soft places
  • Natural lighting
  • Loose parts
  • Developmentally appropriate sized equipment and furnishing
  • Pleasant reminders of home in forms of family pictures, boards, music and cultural toys

At Milestones Academy we realize that children need consistency and variety of ways to learn. As a response to children’s ages and stages we use high quality developmental toys to help their brains make connections and build strong foundations. Their daily activities include quality story times, yoga, language rich interactions, outdoor time, gym time and variety of opportunities for arts including music, painting, and movement and socializing.

We offer Spanish and Chinese Mandarin to all our children right from their infancy. Our foreign language teachers will plan activities according to children’s ages through singing rhymes and nurseries, reading stories, learning foundational language skills and progressing as children grow.
Our curriculum broadly supports children’s development through creating environment that encourages their physical, social- emotional and language development. At Milestones Academy we encourage active learning through materials to explore with all their senses, opportunities to make choices, prospects to communicate their discoveries and feelings and ongoing responsive support of trusted adults every single day. We track children’s growth and development, share their achievements with parents and work together with you to develop common strategies for supporting your child’s development and sense of self.
For safety and security purposes the classes are equipped with CCTV cameras and recordings are confidential and will not be shared with all the parents through our app. Based on demand or need, the recording of certain periods of time are available for viewing should parents wish to do so.
Staff members are trained in responding to children’s needs both emotionally and physically. Toddlerhood is the stage where children express their independence and interest in doing things on their own. This is reflected in our daily routines as children eat together during snack times, clean up the toys after playtime, or express interest or readiness in being toilet trained. Our staff members are here to support you through this journey and playing an active part in training your child.

Depending on children’s readiness and interest we offer a holistic Reading program called Jolly Phonics. Jolly Phonics is the world’s leading literacy program in English, and it teaches children how to read and write using phonics while heavily relying on their pre-reading and pre-writing skills. Phonics is a method used to teach sounds that letters make rather than the names of letters in the alphabet. The sounds are taught in a systemic way along with all other important skills needed for your children to read and write comfortably and confidently through characters, fun actions, stories, songs and interactive games. Learn more about Jolly Phonics here.

In our efforts to meet all the modern learning styles of children, we have a dedicated technology area at Milestones Academy. We use technology to enhance children’s learning in classrooms through intentionally chosen learning applications and programs appropriate for your child’s age. A trained teacher will lead this learning phase and help children make a connection between concepts learned from the technology and concepts they have learned in classroom.

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