"Last year, literally half my class went to CLASS after school and they couldn't wait to get there. The staff is so genuine. They always greeted the children and made them feel special!" -Nikki McConchie
"The teachers are awesome and our kids loved it. I always knew they were in good hands. Thank you all!!!" - Krista Harper
Shirley-Ann Howe is the Owner of the program. She has a Bachelor of Education-Elementary, many years experience operating an early childhood center (The Children’s Place) and currently directs school age programs (CLASS) serving Sussex and Sussex Corner Elementary Schools. Shirley-Ann also worked as part of a team to develop the Early Child Care and Education curriculum and acted as an advisor for UNB in providing training and curriculum support to early childhood educators in the province. The after school program at Sussex Elementary School has been a vital part of the community since 2002 and the Sussex Corner program since 2009.
All of us at CLASS are thrilled with the philosophy of the New Brunswick Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care that is required to be the basis of learning in ALL licensed Early Learning Programs in the province. The curriculum framework reflects the most up to date research and theoretical practice from around the world and emphasizes that children are
‘Capable, active learners whose learning, growth, and development are profoundly influenced by the quality of their relationships with people and their interactions with places and things. Play is acknowledged in the framework as integral to children’s learning and richly formative in their capacity for relationships. Early years educators in New Brunswick echo the views of their colleagues around the world in their belief that play must be accorded a key place in the lives of young children. Research and theory support long-held contention that play is essential to quality of life in childhood and a primary means of understanding the world.’
This curriculum framework articulates ways in which educators can maximize the potential of play for children’s care and the main components of it are-
imagination, creativity and play individuality and independence
communication aesthetics living democratically
spirituality inclusiveness and equity zest for living and learning
compassion and caring social responsibility
The 4 premises of the curriculum are:
Well Being – Children experience safe and caring environments where their emotional and physical health, positive identities, and a sense of belonging are nurtured and protected.
Communication and Literacies – Children experience intellectually, socially , and culturally engaging environments where their communicative practices, languages, literacies, and literate identities are valued and supported.
Play and Playfulness - Children experience open and flexible environments where playful exploration, problem solving and creativity are encouraged and purposely planned.
Diversity and Social Responsibility – Children experience socially inclusive and culturally sensitive environments in which consideration for others, inclusive, equitable, democratic, and sustainable practices are enacted, and social responsibility is nurtured.