Children need something more than a teacher or educator. They need an adult who will educate, care and nurture them.
Magda Gerber called the person who performs this role an "edu-carer." Her philosophy of Resources for Infant "Edu-carers" (RIE) is the basis upon which Forever Young was built 30 years ago.
Using RIE principles, Forever Young seeks to create a balance between adult stimulation and independent exploration in a safe environment.
Forever Young has developed the following curriculum
Provide an environment that allows children to make choices.
Assure that children have a stable relationship with their edu-carer.
Allow children to develop motor and sensory skills without direct teaching.
Provide a safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing environment in which children can move freely and explore the world.
Children are allowed uninterrupted play periods that foster creative interaction.
Adults are there to observe during these play times, but they do not attempt to direct the children's activities.
Forever Young's daily activities for our children provide an opportunity to learn through play and hands-on experience.
Activities offered are connected to monthly themes.
Forever Young's philosophy respects each child and his or her developmental level.
Healthy, happy and confident children are successful children.
We believe children are doing more than just playing. They are learning cooperation and positive social interaction - skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.