The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre’s Educators

AKELC educators know that when adults are responsive, guiding and nurturing, children take more initiative and are more likely to be actively involved and persistent in their activities and learning.

The Centre’s early childhood educators are qualified and trained in working with young children to support learning, to build genuine, warm relationships and to respect and value each child’s personal and cultural identity.

Their knowledge and understanding of developmentally appropriate learning experiences inform and guide their interactions and conversations with children. They plan activities based on children’s developmental stages and interests and are trained to use positive and meaningful interactions that encourage children’s learning.

The centre staff are responsible for designing teaching and learning environments that engage children’s curiosity and promote inquiry and creativity. Teachers base their daily planning on the UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum framework supported by internationally recognized High Scope routines (Plan-Do-Review) that are founded on child development theory and over three decades of research. AKELC staff are skilled in providing a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning activities that allow children to develop independence within a safe, responsive and nurturing atmosphere.

Each day the children are guided to develop skills in:

  • Approaches to learning;
  • Language, literacy and communication;
  • Social and emotional development;
  • Physical development, well-being and health, and
  • Arts, mathematics and sciences.