MONTESSORI & PIKLER CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Kannerbuerg Téinten crèche puts into practice its own childhood education approach.
It draws on the theories of Emmi Pikler for toddlers and those of Maria Montessori for older children.
CAN BE SUMMED UP BY "HELP ME TO DO IT BY MYSELF"
This education method aims to make children self-sufficient and self-confident by developing their senses and allowing them to progress at their own pace in complete freedom.
Children have a surprising capacity for concentration and self-discipline.
Each group has an educator whose role is to guide the children in a stable and calm environment.
The children are free to choose what they want to do from the proposed activities, provided their appointed educator explains how to do it first. They have the right to speak quietly or move around if they want, so long as they do not disrupt the working atmosphere or disturb the other children.
The special teaching aids devised by Maria Montessori are set out on trays placed on shelves in easy reach of the children. The teaching aids serve to develop the child’s physical, intellectual and spiritual capacities. There is only one example of each tray to encourage the children to share and to respect one another.
This education method takes into account the needs of the child at every stage of growth and development. The trays are designed for every level of development, so that each child can find its own level at its own pace.
LEARN BY YOURSELF
"We never allow a child something that we would forbid later." - Emmi Pikler
Children are completely free in their movements. They learn from themselves and by themselves at their own speed. Individual activity is very important! The role of the educator is to put the children in a secure environment (stable, safe, predictable), with a wide choice of easily accessible teaching aids suitable for their age. The educator should help make children aware of their successes and so increase their self-confidence and self-esteem.
A child needs a close on-going personal relationship with the same adult for its development. It needs a stable point of reference!
The educator commits to taking care of each child in the crèche. Care and food preparation are individualised as much as possible so the educator can observe the child’s behaviour and development, and interpret what the child wants and needs.
Time spent interacting helps a child to form a good self-image. Interaction also allows the child to situate itself in time and space and to discover who he or she is. The educator encourages the child to take part in activities (e.g. meals, nappy changes), explaining to the child everything that will happen and what the educator will do. This allows the child to anticipate events and react.