The Curiosity Approach

We are delighted to share that we have embarked on an amazing accreditation scheme to become a part of the ‘The Curiosity Approach’ tribe.

This approach is specifically for forward thinking settings like ours, who want to create beautiful environments for our wonderful children; inspiring them to be inquisitive and curious; creating the “thinkers and doers” of the future.

Our aim is to provide our incredible little learners with the best start in life, allowing them the opportunity to time, space and the clarity to enjoy the amazing activities we have on offer.

We have already transformed our settings removing the bright colours of a traditional nursery and replacing them a more neutral natural tranquil décor.  We are moving away from traditional mass manufactured plastic toys to resources that inspire curiosity, awe and wonder.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Curiosity Approach?

The Curiosity Approach is an approach to early years learning that draws from various other philosophies to put the children at the very centre of their own development and education. The approach was founded by Lyndsey Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett. 

How does the Curiosity Approach work?

The philosophy is centred around the natural curiosity of children. A Curiosity Approach setting provides children with a calm, stress-free environment filled with open-ended resources, allowing children to play to learn, challenge all of their senses and think for themselves. 

Why is play so important in the Curiosity Approach?

The Curiosity Approach nurseries see early childhood as a time in itself and not just preparation for school. The founders believe childhoods are getting shorter and shorter and that children should be allowed to be children, following their curiosity and build their creativity and imagination. 

What are the facilities like at a Curiosity Approach nursery?

A Curiosity Approach nursery is painted in neutral colours to create a tranquil environment, filled with easily accessible, loose resources. Ordinary, real-life items made of natural materials are used to enable children to learn about the world they will eventually venture into. The approach gives the children control to shape the play, rather than the toy shaping and limiting the play. 

What early years education philosophies inspired the Curiosity Approach?

The Curiosity Approach draws from Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Pikler, Steiner and New Zealand’s Te Whãriki, to form its own approach.