At Annabel’s we see our children as strong, capable and resilient; they are rich with wonder and knowledge. We believe that this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand the world around them and their place within it.
We firmly believe that the ‘early years’ of a child’s life is the most important time to begin developing a life-long love of learning and the skills necessary to thrive in the modern world. Play and exploration are fundamental to early education and to this we add our own, unique, international perspective. Our vision of a child is closely reflected in the Reggio approach to early childhood education which believes children use many different ways to show their understanding and that they express their thoughts through creativity. Children at Annabel’s draw, sculpt, dance, move and role-play. Children have a hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, of learning. At Annabel’s each one of these ‘languages’ is valued and nurtured.
Working in the Atelier is about listening, allowing a child to explore their thoughts and then responding to their observations. It’s about guiding and strengthening and providing a safe space to discover and grow. Our Atelier is a magical space brimming with light, creativity and curiosity. When children and adults alike enter the space, they often take a deep breath and feel an energy that is difficult to describe in written words.