The child “educaring” philosophy at YPW Spanish Immersion School supports a “whole-child” concept of development by meeting his/her emotional, social, intellectual, physical and emerging cultural needs. Our child development program is based on the assumption that a child’s growth is a sequential process and that children pass through predictable stages of development in all areas and within age ranges.
A fundamental belief at YPW is that the children have the right to be cared for in a safe, healthy, nurturing, fun, and respectful environment by adults who are well trained in child development principles and that the children learn best through play and playful interactions within this kind of environment. Since a positive parent-teacher partnership is ideal for a successful and harmonious child-rearing/child-caring experience, we strive to promote and demonstrate respectful interactions in the teacher-parent, teacher-child, child-child, and teacher-teacher relationships. This helps to establish an atmosphere of acceptance and well-being for all who participate in the YPW Spanish Immersion School program. A team teaching approach is practiced in each age group’s educare room. Together the professional staff plans overall program goals and objectives and curriculum units intended to meet the children’s individual development needs, as well as the needs of the group. Some characteristics we believe to be important for teachers to help children acquire within a group setting are:
* Self-esteem; a sense of identity, self-respect, and confidence.
* Competence in body and mind; a sense of mastery.
* Problem solving and conflict resolution ability; a sense of reasoning and responsibility.
* Personal and interpersonal strengths; ability to communicate with and be sensitive to others, to get along with others.
* Appreciation of diversity; a sense of understanding and respect for difference.
* Creativity and innovation; a sense of confidence and growth, a desire to learn.
* Openness; a sense of trust and honesty.
* Awareness of change; a sense of inner strength, self-control, and coping skills.
* Recognition of emotions; ability to understand and express feelings in appropriate ways.
- Providing our students a developmentally appropriate, nurturing, stimulating, and safe environment both emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically
- Encouraging parent/teacher partnerships through two-way communication and mutual support
- Promoting a strong sense of community
- Sustaining a supportive workplace that respects individual teaching styles, fosters creativity, and encourages teacher loyalty and professional growth
- Being receptive to the needs of parents