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Our approach

The Curiosity Approach® is a modern day approach to Early Childhood. Taking parts from Reggio, Steiner, Te Whāriki with a sprinkle of Montessori. It's a beautiful recipe book of wonderful ingredients, carefully mixed together with experience, passion and a love of Early Childhood. It's baked together in a mindful oven of loveliness that needs thoughtful practitioners and professionals to be mentally present, thankful and forever curious about their career with little children. Be Curious, Have Fun, Make a Difference!

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Begin your journey

Our desire is to empower and ignite passion and excitement in Early Childhood Educators. Giving you the tools and knowledge to enable you to create a culture of curiosity, awe and wonder embedded at the heart of your setting.

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Giving you endless gateways, ideas and tools to bring The Curiosity Approach to your setting.

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Earn your stripes

Become Accredited

We aim to inspire practitioners and have created a solution to aid you to overcome your learning environment obstacles – The Curiosity Approach Accreditation Toolkit. Between us we have over 50 years teaching experience in Early Childhood, employ over 120 staff and have multiple outstanding settings so are well equipped to support you along the way.

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Curious Training Events

We're working hard planning some exciting events. Come back soon to find out more!

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Fuel your creativity

The box of curiosity

Every month an exciting new box will arrive at your setting, provoking interest and intrigue, sparking curiosity in children and practitioners alike.

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Step 5

Drive curiosity at your setting

Specialist bespoke consultancy

We offer a bespoke consultancy service tailored to reflect your individual requirements, bringing The Curiosity Approach directly to you.

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Some kind words from

Our Curious Pioneers

"What a journey it has been! I am beyond proud to be accredited!"

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Kelly Vaughan

Kelly's Childminding

“We'd started to use in the moment planning and begun to ditch the plastic, introducing loose parts, natural and found resources. It was going well, but we felt something was missing. Then we saw The Curiosity Approach and everything fell into place. This was what we were striving for – to step outside our comfort zones with the same goal in mind.”

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Kay Garner

Knighton Nursery

“Stephanie Bennett and Lyndsey Hellyn have helped me find my sparkle! My nursery has never been so full of creative, enthusiastic and engaged staff and children! The Curiosity Approach has been a great support for me and my staff and has given us the confidence to let our imaginations run wild! It has been fun developing my nursery and finding my true ethos.”

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Lisa Wakley-Davies

Little Stars Nursery

“We know children are naturally inquisitive, however The Curiosity Approach ethos promotes curiosity, awe and wonder in Early Childhood. Creating beautiful and aesthetically pleasing play spaces for children using provocations, loose parts and open-end resources. It’s amazing to see us all have light bulb moments, maybe epiphanies which inspired us to make wondrous changes.”

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Neil Dudman

PearTree Childcare & Your Nursery Business Owner

"It is such an achievement for myself and my team for be on this journey. I believe we will always be on this journey constantly reflecting and thriving to be the best we can. I couldn't of achieved this without my staff and the Curiosity Academy sites and ideas. It was amazing to come to Birmingham and see the nurseries and implement this to mine.

I believe after all this journey it's the children that have made the most achievements. The progression, development and imaginations grow everyday and its a joy to watch and my passion for Early Years has been reignited".

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Laura Ali

Little Leaders Childcare

Spreading the Curiosity

Who our Approach has helped

Cultural Diversity By Diane Hetherington

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5 tips to get Early Years outdoors

  At The Curiosity Approach, we look to embrace the great outdoors and the natural unfolding of a child. In this difficult time of a pandemic and children returning to schools and Early Ye...

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