ECDC offers a wide variety of spaces for learning and exploring
Our teachers understand the importance of creating beautiful classrooms where children are invited to engage with interesting materials. Our rooms are informally divided into art, block, dramatic play and science areas where children can choose materials for drawing, painting, building or exploring. A rug with pillows provides a comfortable spot for meeting time, where children sing, listen to a story and talk about the day. Our classrooms are decorated with children’s original artwork. The teachers enhance the displays with text showing the questions and comments that children make as they work. Each classroom boasts a wall of windows that bathes the rooms in natural light, creating endless educational opportunities for our students to observe nature and experience the seasons.
What is an atelier? Atelier is the French word for laboratory. Here at ECDC we think of this space as a workshop conducive to experimentation, investigation and observation, where research takes place with and through the use of a wide range of materials. Experiences are designed to be relationship-based, where educators explore alongside the children, and learning is reciprocal. It is a place where children and adults alike can relax in to the comfort of hand work and the joy of collective industriousness.
Our Music Room has a roundish shape, high ceilings and large windows. What a perfect space for enjoying song and dance. The space holds a collection of drums and other instruments that we use for singing and rhythm activities. Our Music Teachers helps teachers and children alike to take full advantage of the Music Room and its resources.
Playground and Gym
We are fortunate to have a large outdoor playground with state-of-the-art equipment, which includes a rubber surface that protects against major scrapes and bruises. Over the past few years we have enhanced the playground with additional options for children. The additions include a “dirt kitchen” where children can explore natural materials; a “sound garden” with pots, pans and spoons for making a variety of chimes; stepping stones; and a garden.
At ECDC children also explore the green spaces around the building where they can experience the sounds, smells and colors of nature through the seasons.
Our indoor gym is equipped with a 12-piece obstacle course that can be put together in infinite combinations. We also have a climbing wall specified to the large muscle development of young children.