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At the Mount Child Study Centre, we believe that every child belongs. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for every child who attends the Mount Child Study Centre by meeting their diverse needs in a way that is responsive, accepting, respectful, and supportive. Our inclusive approach builds on the strengths of the child and celebrates their* successes through holistic play-based learning.

Their is employed as a gender neutral pronoun as it acknowledges individuals can identify with their gender in multiple ways beyond the boy/girl binary.

Our Priorities

Diversity

Children attending the Mount Child Study Centre are valued and have the right to full participation in all facets of our program. We follow a child-centered approach that prioritizes individual strengths, maintains culturally responsive practice, and fosters gender inclusivity.

Collaboration

We recognize families as active participants who play an important role in making choices and decisions for their children. The Mount Child Study Centre, aims to maintain ongoing dialogue with families, professionals and educators to ensure our children’s needs are met. Our strong relationship with the Mount community allows for collaborative support of practicum students, research projects, and other university endeavors.

Environment

We aim to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment that supports children’s social, cultural, emotional, and physical well-being. We ensure the Mount Child Study Centre is accessible through adaptations in the environment and programming (for example PBS: Positive Support Plan, IPP: Individual Program Plan, and ongoing assessments).We also strive to create a gender neutral environment where gender stereotypes are challenged, and gender expressions and identities are respected.

Programming

Our program offers opportunities for children to explore and develop through holistic play-based learning. We recognize play as the main way in which children learn, grow, and develop. In following the Nova Scotia Early Learning Curriculum Framework, we aim to incorporate social and cultural practices that reflect our children’s values, beliefs, and interests. Our early childhood educators bring their unique experiences and expertise to our program and their classrooms.

Advocacy

We support self-determination in our children and encourage children to share their voice, ideas and concerns in independent ways. This includes increasing opportunities for children to create, invent, ask questions, problem-solve, and access new possibilities for their future.