Philosophy

Hanna Perkins’ philosophy is to invest wholeheartedly in the critical years of early childhood. It’s a short period that will set the direction of a child’s entire life, and we are committed to helping parents and children get it right.

boy with scissors i 300x199 PhilosophyWe do this by applying our 60-plus years of internationally renowned expertise in child development to create an empathic, respectful and nurturing environment for growth, learning and the development of emotional intelligence.

Our program is individualized to each child using a comprehensive, team-based approach and a challenging, engaging academic curriculum. Always sensitive to the developmental stage of the child, this approach is gentle and effective.

Development during the early years is the foundation on which all later abilities are realized – to learn, work, form healthy relationships and enjoy life. Caring relationships and respect for feelings are central to all other learning. But each child is unique, bringing to school his or her own individual set of experiences and abilities.

That’s why our students receive the highest level of individualized attention through a unique partnership among parents, teacher and a dedicated child development specialist – referred to as a Family Helper. This means more resources and expertise are focused on each child’s success.

We value relationships as integral to the learning process. In their early years, children form a sense of who they are and what they can do. A child who has developed secure, trusting relationships during these formative years is more likely to have the confidence to be inquisitive, explore and learn.

At Hanna Perkins School, we work hard to help children cultivate strong relationships with teachers and peers. Our program is built on empathy and respect – and working together with parents to help children make a good transition to school.

Highlights of the Hanna Perkins philosophy:

  • Preschool-age children are moving from dependence to independence.
  • Parents are the most important partners in a successful pre-school experience.
  • Success at this stage establishes a lifetime of important skills and behaviors.
  • Each child will manage this important time in his or her own way, and therefore requires a well-rounded and individualized approach to emotional intelligence and early learning.
  • Parents can use this time to gain important insights into their child’s development and non-verbal behavior.
  • Behavioral medication should not be a necessary part of early childhood development and learning.
  • Self control can be learned, and self-control leads to self esteem.
  • A child benefits most from an education that address four key areas: intellectual, physical, social-emotional and creative.
  • All children struggle at this age – with concerns ranging from scary dreams, to setbacks in toilet training, to trouble making friends. Working with the parents and child to address the underlying anxieties can make the pre-school years enjoyable as the child works to assert his or her independence.

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