Kids Street Integrated Non-Profit Co-operative Nursery School (Port Elgin) Inc., commonly referred to as "Kids Street", was incorporated in September 1989, and is fully owned and operated by the parents of the children attending the school. Kids Street provides preschool programs for children ages 18 months to 5 years. In accordance with the articles set out in the by-laws of the corporation (Section GB), the school's program and curriculum contents are developed, co-ordinated and implemented by the Supervisor/Teacher.
Kids Street Co Operative Nursery School- Program Statement (working document)
Kids Street Nursery School follows “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014)” as the guiding document under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
At Kids Street we follow the four foundations of belonging, well-being, engagement and expression, as outlined in the ELECT (Early Learning for Every Child Today) document.
Kids Street follows a play-based learning approach to create the best environment for children to learn, explore and grow. Kids Street Educators follow the lead of the children and provide activities to support and foster their overall development, as well as use observations to plan and implement their programming. Kids Street Educators explore how learning happens through the How Does Learning Happen? document that follows four foundations of learning:
Belonging refers to a sense of connectedness to others, an individual's experiences of being valued, of forming relationships with others and making contributions as part of a group, a community, the natural world.
Well-being addresses the importance of physical and mental care and wellness. It incorporates capacities such as self-care, sense of self and self-regulation skills.
Engagement suggests a state of being involved and focused. When children are able to explore the world around them with their natural curiosity and exuberance, they are fully engaged. Through this type of play and inquiry, they develop skills such as problem solving, creative thinking and innovating, which are essential for learning and success in school and beyond.
Expression or communication (to be heard, as well as to listen) may take many different forms. Through their bodies’ words and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasingly complex communication. Opportunities to explore materials support creativity, problem solving and mathematical behaviours. Language-rich environments support growing communication skills, which are foundational for literacy.
Our goal to incorporate these four foundations set out by the Ministry of Educations “How Does Learning Happen” Document are as follows:
- Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to others and contributes to their world.
- Every child is developing a sense of self, health and well-being.
- Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind and senses.
- Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways