Director’s Blog

What does research say about the importance of play based early years?

What does research say about the importance of play based early years? At IDEA ELC we know the importance of play based early years. We often blog about it. But how, as a parent overwhelmed by choices, can you trust what we write? The following research confirms our belief that children should be in an […]

The Benefits of Smaller School Environments for Kindergarten Children

The Benefits of Smaller School Environments for Kindergarten Children According to a study by the University of Cambridge, play allows children to become powerful learners and problem solvers. Neuroscientific studies have shown that playful activities leads to synaptic growth, particularly in the front cortex, the part of the brain responsible for all the uniquely human […]


WHAT IS THE CREATIVE CURRICULUM? The Creative Curriculum® balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. This curricula applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching. It clearly defines the teacher’s vital role in connecting content, teaching, and […]

What makes high quality early years?

What makes high quality early years? High quality early years In high quality early years environments, adults view academic and social development as equally important but maintain a strong educational focus. They have strong leadership and committed staff who have a good knowledge of their curriculum, stages of child development and children as learners. IDEA […]

Literacy at IDEA ELC

IDEA Early Learning Center has deep roots in the importance of teaching Literacy to children even from the youngest age. Our Founding Director is passionate about literacy provision and has dedicated years of her career to exploring and researching the most effective ways of teaching. All of our staff know that strong literacy teaching stems […]

Monitoring Children’s Progress at IDEA ELC

At IDEA ELC we use an authentic, ongoing, observation based assessment system that helps teachers and teaching assistants focus on what matters most for children’s success. This system is called Gold and it links to our Creative Curriculum. It is grounded in 38 research-based objectives for development and learning and support effective teaching and assessment […]

Settling in at IDEA Early Learning Center

At IDEA Early Learning Center, the emotional wellbeing of our children is at the forefront of our planning and provision. We have a carefully tailored transition process that is appropriate to individual children. How do you find out about my child? When children register with us, parents complete a form to detail their child’s interests, […]

Learning Empathy at IDEA ELC

Why is the specific teaching of empathy important in Early Years? As Early Years Professionals, at IDEA ELC, we know that children are all at different stages in their emotional development. Whilst their vocabulary and communication skills are growing, they may need avenues through which to explore their emotions. How can this be addressed? For […]

Extra-Curricular Activities at IDEA Early Learning Center

Why do IDEA Early Learning Center offer extra-curricular activities? At IDEA Early Learning Center we know the value that extra-curricular activities can bring to a child’s education. During our training as Early Years Professionals, we learnt about how it is important that children are exposed to a variety of learning environments, adults and learning experiences […]

Holiday Camp at IDEA ELC

What kind of camp does IDEA run? IDEA Early Learning Center is committed to being part of the Sports City Community. During holidays (except two weeks at Winter break), we are open for camp activities for children age 9 months to 6 years. Our playful camps incorporate the best of our passion for creative learning […]