We believe that all children are naturally strong, capable learners worthy of our trust and support. Each child will co-construct their play and to help guide us in their learning. We value and respect children and believe their theories and ideas are an important source of curriculum. These beliefs have led us to adopt an “Emergent - Co Constructed Curriculum” approach to learning. We believe this approach is the most developmentally appropriate and is most consistent with our understanding of how children learn.
The early years are when children develop emotional health, a sense of belonging and a sense of others – the essential skills that form the foundation on which all learning is built. We believe that the Emergent Curriculum philosophy, with its emphasis on the capabilities of the child, is the best way to enhance the growth and development of these skills.
Origins was established in 1995 by founder and current CFO, Jennifer Arseneault. Jennifer first opened a facility in Millidgeville serving 40 families. Today, the company offers early learning and childcare in four locations across the greater Saint John area, serving more than 400 children and families every day. We take pride in the quality provision we provide and seek to enhance the field of early learning and childcare both locally, nationally and internationally by sharing what we do with others via social media and by constantly investing in our own knowledge and growth as early childhood educators.
Origins appointed Dr. Erin Schryer as CEO in July 2018. Erin holds a PhD in Education and specializes in early childhood development and early literacy. Erin provides educators across Origins NLC regular, frequent support and guidance in the classroom to ensure children and families are provided the best care and learning opportunities possible. She understands well and highly values the importance of the early years and seeks to share this importance widely, whenever she can.
Origins has an Executive Director at each facility who are responsible for the overall management and operation of the facility. They work closely with colleagues at Education and Early Childhood Development on items related to compliance and curriculum, as each of our facilities are provincially licensed.
At Origins we value the competence and abilities of children first and foremost. We recognize parents as key partners in children’s education and care and offer close collaboration with families at all times.
We encourage you to learn more about us by booking a tour or meeting. We look forward to meeting you.