How we care your child differently
Little Park has a unique approach based on the founding philosophy, one that is not often reflected in more traditional practices. Below are the principles upon which we construct a safe and nurturing environment for your child.
1. We focus on meeting your children “where they are” – we trust that children know their own timelines and we are thus guided by their developmental schedules through our comprehensive observation. We have age-appropriate expectations and respond respectfully.
2. We believe that infants are full and thinking people, who have their own process and thoughts going on. Introducing extraneous stimuli interrupts their thought-processes instead of enhancing them, so we keep unnecessary intervention to a minimum.
3. We focus on children-led play with simple toys and resources, observing and respecting what they do with the materials. Many of the challenges toddlers and preschoolers encounter, such as attention issues, are partly due to them having grown accustomed to receiving a lot of stimulation and being entertained during their infant and toddler years.
4. We believe that simply being in a room with other children is socialization for infants and toddlers and that we do not need to do anything to “promote” socialization other than letting them observe and interact in their own way.
5. We trust children to work out most social conflicts themselves, recognizing that it is often the adults’ fears and projections that make “sharing” and “scuffles” problematic. Of course, we do not allow children to hurt one another or themselves, and we discuss strategies for how to effectively and respectfully set limits and guide their behaviors when necessary.
6. We recognize the research-based developmental reality that “sharing” is not something that young children can really do in an authentic way, and with that knowledge, we do not suggest that they “share”, but offer alternative perspectives on what most adults consider “sharing.”
7. We see our role to observe and understand children—how they think, how they learn, what they like, what they are able to do, what they most enjoy, and figure out what our part is in supporting them (which sometimes means getting out of their way, or changing the way we envisioned parenting.)
Beijing Little Park
Address：9D,Building 10, Jingda International Apartment，
No.11 Chaoyang Park Road.