About Us

​WELCOME

SUMMERSIDE KINDERGARTEN & PRE SCHOOL

Since 1991

A PROVEN APPROACH FOR SCHOOL READINESS

We offer a holistic approach to the curriculum built on our experience, developed from what families have told us they want and need for their children and themselves.

Childcare and early education are not just what we do at SUMMERSIDE

– they are who we are.

At SUMMERSIDE we know childhood is a time to be cherished.

We see it as our responsibility to provide learning environments and experiences that capture the joy of childhood, we nurture each child and support their development as an individual.

We hold their hand on the pathway to building resilience and readiness in transition to primary school and for life.

Our practitioner to child ratios, ensure a constant focus on each child’s individual needs.

SUMMERSIDE teaches habits that will serve the child well, including citizenship and social responsibility.

We facilitate self-directed investigation, collaborative small group work and practitioner directed assignments and activities.

LITERACY and NUMERACY

a.k.a. READING, WRITING and ARITHMETIC

SUMMERSIDE promotes age-appropriate reading, writing and arithmetic enrichment programs.

Our emergent, integrated and age-specific curriculum provides the child with the ability to journey onwards with SUMMERSIDE helping them lay the foundations in literacy, and numeracy that they appreciate not only what to learn, but how to learn.

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ENVIRONMENT AS THE THIRD TEACHER

We believe in the Reggio Emilia philosophy that recognizes environment as a teacher.

Our approach sees children as competent and active with SUMMERSIDE as a place for experimentation rather than only a place for the transmission of learning.

We carefully choose materials and decorate inspiring spaces that are respectful of children.

SPACES WHERE THE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Our spaces offer rich, open-ended experiences that engage children and allow them to confidently explore.

SUMMERSIDE builds upon the child’s enthusiasm, inventiveness, promoting within them logical and creative thinking while encouraging their problem-solving.

TECHNOLOGY

Digital technology enriches learning experiences and we require of the child more than passive consumption.

We use electronic technology for collaboration, inquiry, research, creation and our approach is aligned with both emerging research and supporting the child’s future learning.

PLAY

We view play as a special place for the conjuring of possibility.

At SUMMERSIDE play supports children’s health and wellbeing and it is considered an effective health-promotion strategy.

In our experience play encourages children to make risk assessments, avoid accidents, develop their gross motor skills and spatial awareness.

PARTNERSHIP

SUMMERSIDE works in Partnership with City of Edinburgh Council to offer funded places.

We believe our Partnership will improve outcomes for children, especially those who are more vulnerable or disadvantaged.

Our Partnership supports parents to work, train or study, especially those who need routes into sustainable employment and out of poverty.

SUMMERSIDE focuses on learning and social skills for success in primary school and life.

Our welcoming environments encourage meaningful, engaging, and respectful interactions.

We incorporate each child’s interests and inspire them to be co-creators of their learning.

We focus on problem-solving, decision-making, creativity, negotiation, emotional intelligence and collaboration.

The children freely access technology, materials for creating, tinkering, inventing, innovation, discovery and experimentation.

We promote routine.

Listening to their voice gives agency.

We encourage child-directed choice.

We create stability and independence in the child.

We teach life’s guiding principles, learned by experiences that motivate children as citizens, appreciating our world and the people who live in it, connecting with it and giving back to the community at large.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

ALL WELCOME, CELEBRATED AND INCLUDED

Our community is diverse in multiple ways including race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, belief systems, learning styles and others.

We believe diversity increases opportunities for learning and provides a richer environment for all.

SUMMERSIDE is fully committed to providing a place where ALL feel welcomed, respected, safe and comfortable.

We are committed to providing a learning environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.

NUTRITION AND WELLBEING

Healthy habits can last a lifetime.

Nutrition and wellbeing are promoted across our curriculum.

Our approaches to food and physical education help start children on the path to healthy choices for life. 

SUMMERSIDE ALLOTMENT

Our allotment supports health and wellbeing.

Opportunities abound to develop gross motor skills and experience muddy hands-on learning about many things.

We promote healthy options and nutrition.

The outdoors epitomises health promotion.