Igniting curiosity through the power of play.
The London Children’s Museum will provide children and their grown-ups with extraordinary hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment.
Our values serve as an important compass for our staff, volunteers, partners and visitors and guide how we operate as a family destination, employer of choice and strategic partner in the growth and development of our community.
Stay Curious: We will provide an environment that encourages creativity, innovation, and exploration through diverse learning experiences for our visitors, volunteers and staff.
Be Awesome: We will provide an environment that encourages and celebrates excellence in everything that we do.
Be Helpful: We will diligently steward the visitor experience and collaborate with our community to positively impact the lives of others.
Dream Big: We will inspire everyone to explore and realize their full potential and that of the Children’s Museum.
Include Everyone: We will cultivate a diverse and accessible environment.
Have Fun: We will strive to always be passionate about what we do, be energized by our work, and inspire others to share in our excitement, interests and discoveries.
Statement of Pedagogy
At the Children’s Museum, we believe:
Children are competent, capable and curious.
Children are natural and curious learners. From the time they are born they immediately begin seeking ways to explore and learn from the world around them. They are capable of complex thinking and competent to expand their learning and understanding. Learning happens when children play. Play is essential to every child’s development. Through authentic experiences and meaningful interactions with people, spaces and things, children feel safe and in control of their environment. For a child to construct knowledge, they need to explore at their own pace and experiment on their own terms. We believe parents, caregivers and educators want the best for children and value children’s play in its own right.
Children make meaningful contributions to the world.
Through their individual choices, wishes and preferences, children make meaningful contributions to the world around them. Children should be celebrated for their unique strengths, ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Relationships are important.
Children play and explore in the context of relationships with other children, adults, environments and time. As they grow, their relationships expand from caregiver and family, to friends and neighbours, to the community and the world. In play, children try on different roles and relationships. We create opportunities for children and their grown-ups to slow down, spend quality time together, and experience the luxury of becoming lost in play.
At the Children’s Museum:
We are child-responsive.
We listen to the many different ways children express their ideas. We acknowledge the interests of the child in each moment. We thoughtfully and intentionally design experiences and exhibits to encourage positive reciprocal interactions. Children are encouraged to ask questions, be inquisitive, lead, guide, investigate and wonder.
We invite children to indulge their curiosity.
We use what we learn from children to develop high quality, enriching and engaging experiences and exhibits that create opportunities for children to fall in love with learning. Visitors can develop theories about how the world works, learn about who they are and discover who they might become. Exhibits and stimulating learning experiences invite them to explore history and heritage, investigate the complexities of science and social relationships and celebrate the beauty in art and culture. Children are encouraged to indulge their curiosity and play their way to a life of innovation and creative discovery.