Early Childhood

“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” -Erik H. Erikson

Children thrive when their lives are rhythmical – they can count on events to unfold in a predictable way and with this sense of security comes the opportunity to engage in their play and work with confidence. New skills, both physical and social, develop as the child encounters a familiar, dependable environment, tailored to their needs. These principles guide the organization of our classrooms each day, week, and year, and allow children to fully experience the turning of the seasons, their own growing competence, the joy of friendship and our rich festival life.

At Summerfield, our children meet goodness, beauty and truth in the world around them. Fostering the magic of childhood builds a foundation not only for creative and flexible thinking later in life, but also helps preserve the merriment and awe inherent in a young child.