TLC Preschool: A Child-Centered Approach

What is a child-centered education?

Child-centered education refers to an approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the needs, interests, and abilities of each individual child. This approach encourages children to explore and discover the world around them in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them, rather than just following a predetermined curriculum or lesson plan.

In a child-centered preschool, teachers act as facilitators and guides, rather than as the primary source of knowledge. They observe the children in their care, listen to their ideas and questions, and create opportunities for children to learn through hands-on, experiential activities. This approach allows children to engage in self-directed, meaningful learning and encourages them to be curious, independent thinkers.

Child-centered preschool education prioritizes children’s social and emotional development along with their cognitive development. It also focuses on creating positive, nurturing relationships between teachers and children, as well as among the children themselves.

In a child centered preschool, teachers plan and structure the curriculum around the interest of the children, there is a flexible schedule, the classroom is usually decorated with materials that are attractive to the children, the assessments and evaluations are done with the child’s development and growth in mind.

Why is a child centered approach important?

A child-centered approach to education is important for a number of reasons:

  1. It promotes self-directed learning: A child-centered approach encourages children to take an active role in their own learning, which helps them develop the skills and confidence they need to become independent, self-directed learners.
  2. It values the unique needs, interests, and abilities of each child: A child-centered approach recognizes that every child is unique and has different needs, interests, and abilities. By taking these individual differences into account, teachers can create a learning environment that is tailored to each child’s needs, which can lead to more meaningful and effective learning.
  3. It encourages creativity and curiosity: A child-centered approach encourages children to explore, experiment, and take risks in their learning, which can foster their creativity and curiosity.
  4. It focuses on the whole child: A child-centered approach considers not only the cognitive development of children, but also their social, emotional, physical, and moral development. This holistic approach ensures that children receive the support and guidance they need to become well-rounded individuals.
  5. It promotes a positive and supportive learning environment: A child-centered approach places an emphasis on positive relationships between children and teachers, and creates a supportive learning environment that can help children feel safe, secure, and valued.
  6. It prepares children for the real world: A child-centered approach allows children to learn through hands-on, experiential activities and problem-solving. This approach develops their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and prepares them for future challenges in a more realistic and practical way.