Our Philosophy-What we believe to be true about children, and what guides our work at Full o'Beans Preschool!
We believe that all children are unique, capable individuals who flourish in an environment that allows for their growth in all areas of development, including social, emotional, cognitive/intellectual, and physical growth.
We appreciate that children are not distinct, but are an integral part of their family and therefore come to us with experiences of family and culture that form the foundation on which all their learning will be built.
Our role as educators is to provide an environment that is rich with opportunities for exploration and inquiry, and that offers challenges and engages the children in their own learning.
We design programs to reflect the interests of the children, and are responsive to and respectful of their need to steer their own learning whenever possible, at the same time as we guide them towards growth.
We believe that self-directed, self-initiated learning is more meaningful to the learner and therefore becomes real knowledge more easily than information presented by us, the adults in the classroom.
We support 'learning by doing' and respect that while this learning will be noisy, busy, messy and chaotic at times, it is this very noisy, busy messiness that allows children to grow and learn.
All of our classroom teachers are fully qualified and licensed Early Childhood Educators and/or Assistants• It is our belief that formal education, practical training, and 'on the ground' experience are essential to the delivery of child-centred, 'learn through play' programming for all children.
As a mentoring centre, Full o'Beans Preschool also hosts Early Childhood students from Camosun College, UVic, and other post-secondary institutions at times.
We are an inclusive preschool, so our staff team includes Supported Childcare Aides when required.
All classroom staff are appropriately screened and meet the requirements outlined by Saanich Neighbourhood Place hiring policies, as well as those in the Child Care Licensing Regulation
Full o'Beans Preschool is the child of Saanich Neighbourhood Place (SNP), an established family serving organization that has been in the region for more than 20 years. As an agency, SNP delivers a wide range of programming aimed at helping families access resources and supports they feel they need, in a barrier free environment and within their own neighbourhoods.
Programs ranging from parenting classes to cooking classes, drop in support sessions, prenatal discussion groups, postpartum groups, drop in playgroups and kinder-gym are offered weekly. SNP also has a dedicated Family Development team, available for those who may wish for more specific, private support options.
In February 2016, Saanich Neighbourhood Place was awarded the designation of "BC Early Years Centre", which signifies an exciting shift in how BC families will be able to access programs and services throughout the region