The mission of Surreybrook School is to nurture the young heart and mind in a joyful learning environment which protects the wonder and magic of early childhood and fulfills a child's fundamental need for exploration and discovery; to develop and share an inquiry-based approach to education that fosters creativity and inspires a growing passion for learning.
We believe in teaching and modeling compassion, kindness and tolerance. Through the practice of listening to each other and being heard, we watch as children become skilled at caring communication, laying the groundwork for a life of compassionate interaction with others.
Our teachers are dedicated and teach from the heart.
We, at Surreybrook, strive to let children:
- Know that they are competent and always loved. That they matter and that what they feel, think and say matters.
- Develop creative and critical thinking skills.
- Expand their ability to recognize and express feelings appropriately.
- Develop the ability to resolve conflicts.
- Increase their ability for self-regulation as we teach, guide and support them toward acceptable behavior.
- Build friendships with other children.
- Expand their imaginations and creativity.
- Explore and discover their world while experimenting with many different materials.
- Experience a deepening relationship with nature as we guide the child toward resilience, balance and social growth.
Surreybrook's philosophy is inspired by several theorists and is strongly influenced by Reggio Emilia. Reggio is an innovative and inspiring model of early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge.
Reggio Emilia takes a child-led project approach where our role as teachers is to observe the children, listen to their questions and stories, find what inspires them and then provide them with opportunities to explore these interests further in an emergent curriculum. This philosophy of teaching and way of planning curriculum focuses on being responsive to children's interests to create meaningful learning experiences.
CHILDREN HAVE AN INNATE CURIOSITY, SENSE OF WONDER AND A STRONG DESIRE TO LEARN. THEY ARE VERY CAPABLE OF CREATING THEIR OWN LEARNING PATH, DRIVEN BY THEIR INTERESTS, THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT AROUND THEM.