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:


We believe that everything we do should be done with respect for the individual, their history and culture.


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.

Whole Person

We value the uniqueness of each individual and what they bring to the learning process.


We believe in the competence and potential of all learners.

Learning & Development

We believe that learning and development happen over the span of a lifetime through choices, play, exploration, experimentation and reflection.