Core Body of Knowledge: Core Beliefs
Children are born ready to learn.
Every human being is a unique individual, with diverse modes of learning and expression as well as interests and strengths.
Children are worthy of the same respect as adults.
Children's needs for shelter and for physical, intellectual, emotional, and social nourishment must be met for them to grow, develop, and learn to their fullest potential.
Children have the right to secure, trusting relationships with adults and to safe, nurturing environments
Children learn through play.
Children construct their own knowledge based on their curiosity and driven by their interactions. This active construction is facilitated by interaction with adults and other children.
Children's learning is active and follows a recurring path: awareness, exploration, inquiry and application.
Children learn best when exposed to and engaged in high-quality environments, interactionsm, and relationships.
Children learn best when adults in their lives work in partnership with one another.
All children and their families, regardless of their ethnic origins, value systems, faiths, customs, languages, and compositions, must be equally respected.
Families and children have the right to support systems that foster their growth and development.
Teaching and learning are dynamic, integrated, and reciprocal processes.