Our Holistic Development Programme

What is the Holistic Approach?

A Holistic Approach to learning to be an Adult is characterised by the belief that the parts of something are closely interconnected and explainable only by reference to the whole.

Circle HDP


Holistic philosophy is centred around a belief that each individual develops their identity, and finds their meaning and purpose in life through their interactions and understanding of the world around them, aiming to develop a connection of mind, body and spirit.

In early years’ education, educators that take on a holistic approach, focus on the complete physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of a child, helping children to become well-rounded individuals. The holistic approach believes knowledge is something that is constructed by the context in which a person lives their life, rather than following the traditional milestone of academic development.

Through our holistic approach to education, we fully engage children in the learning process, getting them interacting with the world around them, developing life skills and confidence in their own ability. We seek to provide each child with the necessary tools to nurture a passion for life and a love for learning, preparing them for school and any future adventures ahead of them.
Process HPD
We promote a set of skills and key experiences through our curriculum, to enable all children to have confidence in their approach to the environment which they step into and be proud of their achievements within it.

These skills include, attachment, engagement, boundaries and rules, partnerships, team building, and leadership.


What makes our approach different?

Using a ‘Holistic Approach’ sets us apart from traditional forms of education, through our attention to experiential learning, the importance of relationships and human values and goals we strive to achieve.

“We are not looking for every child to be a super-hero in the world.
We are looking for a child that can ‘give it a go’ in the world, having been supported to obtain the necessary tools.
We look to ‘partner’ others to provide extra bonds when we nurture Children with love, care and attention.”


‘What does a child need to learn?’

Learning to be Holistic Adult involves:
Attaching yourself to a secure base; so as to be
Engaged with your environment; to be able to understand the
Boundaries and Rules set; to then work in
Partnership with others; to finding a place within a
Team; to finally finding your place as a
Leader

The fundamental key to supporting every child.
It nurtures security and the feeling of ‘being safe’.
Children can take many steps to achieve a development skill.
Without engagement Children do not learn.
Huge learning steps are taken if a child is engaged with its teacher.
Thoughtful teaching is necessary to promote engagement.
Life is full of boundaries.
It is necessary to learn boundaries in order to function within society.
Life is full of Rules.
It is an accepted form of instruction that defines the way things are, or should be done.
In any nursery setting it is necessary to apply rules to children’s learning and play.
How we define partnerships; Supporting our Children to work together.
It is important for Children to learn how to link with other’s.
To assist in working together towards a common goal.
To associate with each other.
The importance of learning the skills to be part of a team is fundamental to a child’s ability to function at all levels in our society.
Being part of a team is to truly understand your fellow beings
Each Child is supported and encouraged to gain the valuable skills necessary to engage in a Global society, intelligently, emotionally and culturally.
They are encouraged to identify their own values and beliefs, gaining the confidence to lead, with those values and beliefs and stepping into the world with confidence to lead the way in whichever way they wish.
 


Our Teaching Style; Authoritative vs Authoritarian Teaching


Most of you were probably brought up with the image of a teacher as an authority figure, a teacher who had certain expectations and standards. Authority figures bring a perception of ‘obedience’; that you must follow the rules.

A famous study looked at the conflict between obedience to authority figures and personal conscience. Finding that ordinary people are likely to follow orders given by an authority figure, even in extreme circumstances.

Obedience to authority is ingrained in us all from the way we are brought up.

But is this level of obedience necessary in early years’ education, should a teacher be someone who leads and controls the children or someone who is a friend and a mentor, someone the children should feel comfortable being themselves around.

We want our children to cooperate not compete, we want them to express themselves not follow the norm……. our teachers are role models that encourage children to enjoy learning.

A good example of our approach to teaching can be found in the poem The Little Boy by Helen E. Buckley!