The Advantage

At Ridley Orchard School parents and educators work together to provide an environment that facilitates the growth of each child. Parents are an integral part of our successful education program.


In a developmentally supportive atmosphere, children in the toddler program benefit from the opportunity to play and learn alongside their peers developing their social, emotional, language, cognitive, physical and creative skills. Children in the preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs develop within a curriculum, specifically adapted to their individual aptitude and learning styles; supporting their independence, self-esteem, imagination, a sense of adventure, inquisitiveness, reasoning skills and critical thinking.

The Approach

Responsive Relationships


A responsive relationship creates and builds a sense of trust, a healthy sense of self and encourages self-regulation. This relationship is developed between the child, their family, and the educator.


Learning through Exploration, Play, and Inquiry


Educators build upon the children’s interests by providing materials for exploration. They support children in seeking answers to their questions through hands-on play


Project Approach


An inquiry-based learning approach is where children initiate an interest in the specific topic. Educators support the learning through scaffolding, research, investigation (field study) and reflection and plan curriculums that engage children in a thorough investigation of their topic of interest.


Educators as Co-Learners


Educators go beyond giving answers or asking questions. They become a partner, or co-researcher, learning along with the children through inquiry and exploration

Environment as the Third Educator


The child’s environment is set-up with open-ended materials that can be manipulated, investigated and provide exploration through the five senses. The environment supports child-initiated exploration and play.


Educational Documentation


Individual Education Plans and Report Cards of what the children and educators have been researching and investigating through the curriculum is developed and maintained. They support reflection, questioning, and discussion on topics of interest. It is a reflection of developmental growth over a period of time.


Reflective Practice & Collaborative Inquiry


Intentional and thoughtful; closely observing and studying using a thinking lens, educators as a group make meaningful decisions about how to respond to children’s interests and abilities.

The Foundation

Educational Circles

Cognitive Learning

Music, Movement, + Instruments

Sensory, Multi-Media Arts, + Crafts


Technology and Engineering

Numeracy and Mathematics

Science and Nature

Letters, Language, + Literacy

Construction and Building

Phonics and Reading

Dramatic and Imaginative Play

Fine Motor and Handwriting

Gym, Multi-Sports, + Outdoor Play