Silver Creek follows the philosophy of the Ministry of Education’s Early Learning for Every Child Today document (ELECT). We are guided by the principals of ELECT and the 2014 document “How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.”
The ELECT document is based on the following principals:
1. Early child development sets the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
2. Partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children.
3. Demonstration of respect for diversity, equity and inclusion are prerequisites for optimal development and learning.
4. Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance.
5. Knowledgeable and responsive early childhood practitioners are essential to early childhood settings.
The curriculum at Silver Creek is designed with these five principals in mind at all times. Children are encouraged to PLAY as their form of work. Through play, children make sense of the world through experimentation, trial and error and the guidance of creative adult partners. Materials provided are open ended, which provide increased opportunities for learning.
A professional teaching team tracks and records the learning needs, skill levels, and interests of each child. Classroom activities are designed and set up to reflect the needs of a diverse group of children in each classroom. Each area of development is taken into account when planning and moving children forward in their early development. All of this is done in an environment that is nurturing, safe, and open to the needs of all children.
To learn more about the ELECT and “How Does Learning Happen?” document, please speak to your child’s teacher or visit these sites:
David flourished at Silver Creek and so did I. The staff became my friends and a great emotional support to me. They helped with equipment suggestions, sources of extra funding, and co-ordinating David’s school placement at Sunnyview P.S. Well, David moved on but I stayed. I have been on the Board of Directors since 1998, and President for the past 5 years. Silver Creek is a magical place!
The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisors whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.
I will never forget the impact that Silver Creek had on our family and more importantly Piero’s success in transitioning into mainstream school. Always a challenge but without a doubt you and your team made all the unknowns not as daunting as them seemed.
Susy Gallucci, mom of Piero
My husband and I are so grateful for the wonderful and exceptional team of teachers, therapists and volunteers at Silver Creek. It is inspirational and beautiful to witness daily the love, passion and dedication that they have for each and every child/student, and their professions. They are the very best!
Silver Creek has given my son the tools that are necessary to succeed in school, and in life. Their patience and love have guided my son to develop in ways that words can’t describe. He is a confident individual who thrives on challenges and I thank Silver Creek for that. Actually, I thank all the members of Silver Creek for all they have done. It is truly a great place to be.
Our twins started at Silver Creek in the fall of 2009. I knew they were in excellent hands and I saw them progress so rapidly. I was very concerned about their development prior to starting Silver Creek and in no time, they were at the same level as the rest of their peers. The impact the staff at Silver Creek has had on our children has been tremendous. We are happy that our twins will benefit from another year under their guidance.
We have seen tremendous gains in our daughter’s skills since she started at Silver Creek a year ago; her speech, mobility and play skills have really come along. The teachers and staff members at Silver Creek are dedicated to helping each child to reach their full potential and truly love what they do.
Danna Broadworth and Matt Amann
My son Aleksander currently attends Silver Creek. My only disappointment is that we didn’t discover Silver Creek sooner. The amount of love, kindness and support he has received has surpassed all my expectations. The staff and other children never fail to put a smile on both our faces. Every child and staff member will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Mother of Silver Creek Student
The staff at Silver Creek are a very special group of professionals who I find care deeply for the children they work with while at the same time pushing them to excel and surpass expectations often placed on children with disabilities. Thank you, Silver Creek!
The staff at Silver Creek see the children as a ‘whole child’ i.e. well beyond any special needs that they might have, and see them as individuals with lots of strengths in different ways. For me, I have learned that the more work I can put into helping my child, the more she will be able to achieve her goals, and they can be small goals so we can celebrate success often. You are a very special group of people and you have definitely made a huge positive impact in our lives.