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?