Every child is competent, capable, curious and rich in potential

We understand the importance of taking children’s stages of development into consideration. For each child, their stage of development is an individualized and complex interplay between developmental factors and their unique family, community and life experiences.

Our goals for children, consistent with Ministry of Education pedagogy, include the following:

  • 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.

Health, safety, nutrition and well-being of children

We know that the early years set the foundation for children’s health and well-being.

Early brain development is stimulated through experiences and interactions with responsive adults.

We understand that the first step in establishing and nurturing health, safety and well-being for children in our program is through the connections they make with the program staff, volunteers and students on placements.

Relationships among children, families, staff and community partners

It is one of our core values at Pathway to foster collaborative and co-operative relationships among all of our partners.

Pathway strives to promote a sense of belonging for children and their families in our programs by creating positive interactions and collaboration of families. We understand that relationships of trusts are the basis for learning and co-operation.

Every child is entitled to be given the opportunity to develop personal responsibility and social skills, to learn to problem-solve and to learn about diversity and inclusion.

The skills of conflict resolution are important to lifelong learning. As competent individuals, children are active participants in resolving conflicts. We encouraged them to come up with ideas and solutions to problems that arise.

Pathway is committed to working collaboratively with all of our community partners as we work together on the mutual goal of providing the best possible child care service to families.

Positive self-expression, communication and self-regulation

At Pathway, our inclusive programming leads to children’s sense of belonging. Positive learning environments and experiences, focused on active play-based learning, encourage children’s communication, self-expression and self-regulation.

We seek to be aware of, foster, support, encourage, respond to and document the many ways in which children express themselves, the many “voices” with which they articulate their ideas, the variety of “languages” they use to communicate. We also seek to honour and reflect children’s home language and culture in our programs.

In our inclusive learning environments, we welcome children of all abilities. Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion is vital for optimal development and learning.