We at Cheeky Cherubs pride ourselves on being at the fore of early years care and education in Ireland and our current pioneering approach ensures that this continues to be the case. We have always done things a little different, things which are guided by evidence based on current international best practice. Our objective is to create the best learning environment where children collaborate with their peers and educators, making choices based on their interests, in spaces that challenge their innate desire to learn.
The educators observe the children as they play and how they use materials and spaces in Cheeky Cherubs. They take note of the children’s emergent interests and when planning we are inspired by Reggio Emilia, the guiding principles of Aistear and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths). No two children learn in the same way or at the same pace, therefore we try to support them where they are at. Play has been shown to be the best way for children to learn and gain confidence. Children are creative, therefore, the arts are a pathway to learning in a joyful and playful manner. We help the children to explore their hundred languages (Reggio Emilia). To discover what they like, support them when they encounter challenges and celebrate their uniqueness.
In Cheeky Cherubs we believe in celebrating diversity and treating people with equity. Everyone is unique, by exploring what makes us different yet similar, supports the development of children’s positive social identities within their community. Our approach to anti-bias education helps children to learn accurate language to describe human differences and develop caring, respectful relationships. Including differences in terms of race, gender identity, family structure, religion, socioeconomic class and abilities. It empowers children to recognize unfairness and respond to situations that are unfair.