At Honey Tree our purpose is to enrich the lives and learning of young children in our community. We are committed to touching their lives in love, helping each child to value themselves as unique individuals created by God, and to develop a joyful curiosity in knowing and learning about God’s world.
Honey Tree’s Early Childhood program philosophy is based on:
Play and cognitive theory
“Whole child” approach to learning
Developmentally and age-appropriate practice
Play is the way of learning for children and this is how they learn best. Child development theorists, researchers and educators have long known that play is one of a child’s most valuable resources vital to their socio-emotional and cognitive-intellectual growth. Along with purposeful play children also learn through active exploration in an environment which is rich in materials and opportunities to work, converse, socialize and negotiate with others.
At Honey Tree we blend early childhood philosophy with developmentally and age-appropriate practice. Developmentally appropriate practice is an approach to early learning that focuses on the child as a developing human being and a lifelong learner. Our goal is to provide learning experiences which are both “developmentally and age-appropriate” as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).