Discovery Driven Learning

Our Proven Approach to Teaching & Learning

Explorers…discoverers…thinkers…that’s what children become when they step into our classrooms. With Discovery Driven Learning, children are investigators who get to know the world, all while discovering their creative problem-solving skills. So in the future when they’re asked to find answers, they’ll confidently recall the words from their earliest teachers: “Let’s find out!”

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Get an Inside Look

Hear Rachel Robertson, VP of Education and Development, describe our science-informed framework for learning and teaching. Learn how it gives children the skills they need to reach their full potential in school and in life.

WEBINAR: Discovery Driven Learning

Hands-on, minds-on.

Hear why learning through play is so important and find out how Discovery Driven Learning creates a foundation for early education at Bright Horizons.

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In Discovery Driven Learning, we...

encourage questions and inquiries; value the process of learning and discovery

explore through children’s own interests

build future-ready skills such as social-emotional learning, creativity, and problem-solving for kindergarten readiness and beyond

provide joyful, playful, and inclusive environments and experiences that combine multiple learning domains

integrate care and learning through our exclusive proven instructional method

blend the theories of early childhood pioneers with contemporary science and research

In many typical programs, they...

simply focus on right answers rather than life-long learner skills

provide lesson plans driven by adult ideas and pre-planned themes

place an imbalanced focus on academic kindergarten readiness and test preparation rather than whole child development

teach through rote learning methods such as flashcards and drills

use outdated models of teaching and learning

use singular theories, outdated research, or no scientific basis at all

How It All Works

Children want to make discoveries about themselves and the world around them — and that results in exciting revelations! Discovery Driven Learning is built upon the following components:

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Teaching Methods
Teachers prioritize building trust and respect with each child, knowing that strong relationships are the foundation for learning. When children feel safe and valued, they are able to explore the world more freely, building a positive self-concept and self-confidence.
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Vibrant classroom communities where children experience joyful learning, and each child, teacher, and family feels welcome. Children are capable and active participants in their own experience with unique identities, strengths, and assets. Families are valued partners.
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Bright, organized classrooms are filled with rich learning materials, books, and natural objects. We carefully design our spaces and thoughtfully select materials to provide comfort and security, inspire curiosity, and foster children’s independence.
Daycare sensory objects of rocks shells and a magnifying glass
Teaching Methods
The methods, behaviors, and practices proven to build relationships and nurture children’s growth and learning. Rooted in evidence-based research, our teaching methods help “good” teachers become “great” teachers as they focus on deepening their practice and craft.
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Our assessment, planning, and portfolio process based on observations of children’s interests and needs. Teachers thoughtfully develop flexible, engaging lesson plans designed for where children are right now, and document, assess, and communicate learning with families.
A daycare teacher focuses on a young child's learning and development at a local preschool
World at Their Fingertips®, our whole-child curriculum including STEM, literacy, social-emotional wellness, the arts, and much more. Our curriculum honors the joy of childhood, encourages children to pursue their interests, and builds foundation skills and knowledge.
A young child learns from the educationally rich Bright Horizons curriculum at daycare

I like how this training emphasized the whole child and incorporated learning that supports each area of a child’s development.


- Alicia, Toddler Teacher

Discovery Driven Learning is an amazing way to learn how to connect with children and to remember that’s how we build strong relationships and that caring for children is the center of all this.


- Kayla, Preschool Teacher

This training is a good reminder to take care of ourselves so we can take care of little ones. It’s so important to focus on relationships, because it helps children build confidence and feel secure.


- Emily, Infant Teacher