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Early Childhood

Welcome to Early Childhood at Heathwood Hall!

Truly, this is where it all starts with our youngest and very eager learners. As committed and highly qualified early childhood educators, we enjoy working with young children and their families as they start on their school journey.

We know that parents expect a safe and loving environment. For us, this is about much more than just the place and space—it is about how we talk to children, how we support their growth, and how we nudge them to take risks and celebrate successes. Our early childhood program is where the “fire is lit” for each child to develop a love of learning and curiosity that will last a lifetime. Since this is the starting point for learning that continues through high school graduation, we have the privilege of watching our students grow into thoughtful, engaged, and compassionate young men and women.

Our faculty strives to create an early childhood environment that focuses on learning to actively engage children’s minds, bodies, and hearts. We are planning and teaching in a way that focuses on every aspect of a child’s development, andwe get to know each child well – as a learner and as a human being. We combine excellent brain-based learning practices with a caring, relationship-based approach to help each child experience new ideas and concepts with purpose and meaning. We delight in watching our early learners grow each day. They truly become “our children,” too, as you trust us to partner with you!

Our developmentally appropriate curriculum follows practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The teaching and learning is planned to stimulate thinking and develop a strong foundation through literacy, math, and science experiences. We expect our students to be ready for Lower School, because they have built strong cognitive skills and positive social and learning habits in Early Childhood.

Please come visit Early Childhood! In our community of learners, each child is known, valued, and recognized for his or her unique character strengths and opportunities for growth. Helping to shape the hearts and minds of young children is a great joy and privilege for us.
 

Amanda Cox
Head of the Early Childhood & Lower School