The Children’s Cottage Preschool Program Philosophy and Goals


At Children’s Cottage, it is our goal to foster each child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive  development during the preschool years by:


Building strong positive relationships between

teachers, children, parents, and the community


Because we believe that:


  • Learning and development occur through the constant exchange between teachers, children, parents and their environment.


  • Children’s learning and interaction occurs in the context of the bigger picture- their family, their community, and past experiences.


  • Each child has a unique background and unique needs and contributions, communication between teachers and parents is crucial for the child’s optimal development.


  • Parents will feel more connected when they are invited to  learn about their child’s activities and interests in the school setting, while teachers will have a deeper understanding and connection to the child if they learn about a child’s interests at home.


Creating a space where children can develop independence

and social responsibility, while learning to recognize their

own emotions and the emotions of others


Because we believe that:


  • Children’s behavior is purposeful and directed at meeting real needs, which are to be valued and respected.


  • Children need opportunities to learn how to identify and express their own feelings, and also to recognize and respond to the feelings of other children.


  • Children  have a right to personal space, a right to be alone when they need to, and a right to choose what they want to work with and with whom they want to work. Both solitary work as well as collaborative work are necessary for cognitive and social development.


Promoting good health through exercise, nature,  handwashing,

tooth brushing, healthy food, and comfortable rest spaces


Because we believe that:


  • Children who learn to care for their bodies feel self confident, self aware, and enjoy caring for themselves.


  • Proper hand washing and dental hygiene will prevent illness.


  • Healthy children attend school more regularly, have better attention spans, and a higher level of happiness.


  • Teaching children about healthy eating choices and exercise in preschool will set them up for a lifetime of better health.


  • Children learn better when they are allowed many opportunities for active movement, have access to open outdoor play spaces, and cozy places to rest and sleep.


Using Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) in the classroom


Because we believe that:


  • Children learn through play. A good teacher can observe children’s play, engage children in play, and extend learning through play.


  • Learning requires interaction, observation, experimentation, and active exploration of real objects and relationships in the environment. When children are able to manipulate their materials and their environment, they build lifetime learning skills.


  • Children have an essential role in development of an emergent curriculum based on their interests and needs.


  • Capabilities develop in predictable stages/sequences throughout life and at each developmental stage children will be able to do new things. A classroom that is set up to support and challenge all learners at every stage of their development gives all children an advantage because everyone can learn from each other.


  • Children should be encouraged to work at their own pace and work on an activity for as long as they choose. Adults must  trust in and support a child’s ability to choose what they need to do within the environment at any given time.


  • Children’s play is their work. Their work is taken seriously and respected by teachers and peers.


Our approach builds an authentic sense of self and lays a foundation for secure relationships, enduring curiosity, and lasting self-confidence.