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Early childhood education: autonomy and affection


It may be that the baby starts attending school at four months or when he or she is already a three year old. Regardless of age, school is the first experience of strong socialization beyond the family group. The challenge of Lumiar is to accompany the student in this interaction and to ensure that his or her exploitation potential is respected.



In order to achieve this, our methodology provides two fundamental values: autonomy and affection. Autonomy is not independence and not just freedom. Autonomy is a relational concept: people are free in that they recognize our space next to each other. Therefore, in Lumiar, an autonomous child is one who can express his own wishes, knows his own limits, recognizes his needs and knows how to act in a social context – whether it is in a one-to-one relation or in a situation that involves the whole school, including adults.

Affection is our commitment to relate with affection, with care and with kindness, so that the child feels welcome and comfortable to relate to others – from childhood to the rest of life – in a healthy way.

From these two values ​​- autonomy and affection – the Lumiar methodology considers and creates spaces for exploration, research and fields of experience.

Our activities are led by a pair of educators: a tutor and a teacher. The tutor is the pedagogue responsible for the development of the student. It is who observes the interests of the children and, from this signaling and the learning needs of the cycle, invites the master. The master is a professional who loves a theme and who develops it for a period of time with the students.

See below our matrix of contents of the pre-school education. The curriculum considers the potentialities and needs of each child, aiming at their integral development.

Personal and Social Training;

Body and its Movement;

Language and Communication;

World knowledge;

Logical-mathematical language;

Artistic languages;

Foreign language – English.