Our Philosophy

The CDL offers a play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum, designed at the classroom level to meet the needs and interests of the children enrolled.

The following principles form the philosophical framework of the program:

  1. RESPECT
    We believe that everything we do should be done with respect for the individual, their history and culture.
  2. RELATIONSHIPS
    We believe that relationships are the foundation of and the context for all learning and development. These relationships build community at the individual, classroom, school, university and wider community levels.
  3. WHOLE PERSON
    We value the uniqueness of each individual and what they bring to the learning process.
  4. COMPETENCE
    We believe in the competence and potential of all learners.
  5. LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
    We believe that learning and development happen over the span of a lifetime through choices, play, exploration, experimentation and reflection.

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