HighScope Curriculum

HighScope values parents as partners in the care and education of their child and works on a partnership to meet the developmental needs of the individual child. What is HighScope? HighScope is a quality approach to early childhood care and education which has been shaped and developed by research and practice over a forty year […]

HighScope Curriculum

HighScope values parents as partners in the care and education of their child and works on a partnership to meet the developmental needs of the individual child.

What is HighScope?

HighScope is a quality approach to early childhood care and education which has been shaped and developed by research and practice over a forty year period. It identifies and builds on children’s strengths, interests and abilities.
The HighScope curriculum is used internationally in a variety of settings including day care, crèches, playgroups, nursery and primary schools. The central belief of the HighScope approach is that children construct their own learning by doing and being actively involved in working with materials, people and ideas.

HighScope provides children with:

> A consistent and flexible daily routine which provides for child and adult initiated activities
> Opportunities to choose, plan, carry out and reflect on their activities
> Opportunities for children to engage in the active participatory learning process
> Adults who value and appreciate children and provide a creative and supportive learning climate

Outcomes for Children:

Findings from the HighScope Perry Preschool Study found that using the HighScope curriculum had positive effects from the time the child attended the HighScope setting up until they were 40, including better school achievement and
literacy, more likely to graduate from high school, adult earnings, home ownership and lifetime arrest rates. (Essentials of Active Learning in Preschool, HighScope Educational Research Foundation)

> Children develop self-confidence, initiative, creativity and problem-solving skills
> Children learn about social relationships, the world about them, maths, science and technology, reasoning and language
> Children develop positive attitudes to self, others and to future learning

HighScope promotes family involvement by:

> A partnership approach to the child’s care and education
> On-going exchange of information between the family and the setting
> Curriculum-based workshops to support families to promote children’s development at home

What does a HighScope setting look like?

In a setting using the HighScope curriculum you will see an environment which provides active participatory learning experiences through the use of:

> Clearly defined interest areas such as painting, sand and water, home, books and blocks
> Many natural, real and open-ended materials
> Materials which are accessible to the children
> Clearly labelled interest areas, shelves and storage containers which promotes the Find-Use-Return cycle

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