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Our Program

Clarkson Angels aim to build a sense of belonging amongst our families, staff and community by nurturing environments and experiences. We support children's development through Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years: How Does Learning Happen? Our curriculum is tailored to enhance the foundation of each child's sense of belonging, well-being, engagement and expression, viewing children as competent, capable, curious and rich in potential.

Clarkson Angels are committed to allowing children to develop a sense of self as we promote all forms of communication and expression.

How Does Learning Happen? Sets out goals for children and expectations for programs, organized around four foundations that are central to children's learning and growth. They are not meant to measure children's development but rather to guide practice.


Goals for Children

Expectations for Programs


Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to hers and contributes to their world

Early childhood programs cultivates authentic, caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults and the world around them.


Every child is developing a sense of self, health, and well-being

Early childhood programs further children’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self.


Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind and senses.

Early childhood programs provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative and meaningful exploration, play and inquiry.


Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways.

Early childhood programs foster communication and expression in all forms.

At Clarkson Angels, a well-planned program and a caring staff are the keys to assist children in developing self-regulation. Discipline is not used as a form of punishment but as a teachable moment. Teachers guide behaviour by setting a positive example and by using verbal and non-verbal cues as tools for communication.


Our goal at Clarkson Angels is to help children develop self-esteem, self-control, responsibility for their actions, confidence, and acceptance by using positive reinforcements. Teachers use various strategies for behaviour management, including redirection, reasoning, getting down to a child’s level and using a calm voice. We also ensure age-appropriate materials are in the classroom, set limits, give two things choices allowing a child to feel a sense of importance, and give two-minute warnings at transitions.

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