Our curriculum is based on the Finnish National Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care. Play is the key practice and method for teaching activities which are based on pedagogical learning areas and objectives. The activities develop children’s skills in areas such as language, mathematical thinking, environmental education, technology education, ethical thinking, creative expression and food education and exploration.
The most natural ways for children to act and develop their skills are through playing, moving, experiencing and creating art, and exploring. In early childhood education we integrate different subjects under varying themes and teach them through playful activities. For example, a trip to the forest can be an integrated lesson of mathematics, environmental studies, biology, language and social studies. These pedagogical activities develop not only the children’s language abilities but also their knowledge, skills, values, attitude and will – all of which are needed for further learning in life.
At Sunshine we have a special interest in two areas: language development and social skills. We take language development and social skills into consideration in everything we do. Our teachers use a structured plan to teach these skills to the children. We want every child in our care to feel that they are listened to and respected as a member of the group.
While our main emphasis is teaching children English, we also offer separate Finnish activities in our early learning centres. This is to support the language development of the native Finnish speaking children, and to teach Finnish as a second language to the non-native children.