Gaia strongly believes that young children learn effortlessly when presented with the right material and information at the right time. Taking advantage of their natural hunger to explore, construct and accomplish, and based on research of several years, Gaia provides a strong academic base in literacy, numeracy and science. The curriculum has been designed to make children feel triumphant and confident. Gaia combines indigenous and imported programmes to foster well-developed skills in mathematics, reading and writing and incorporates a solid foundation in science and arts. Gaia has an extensive borrowing library of appropriately selected books to develop the reading habit and has adopted a daily D.E.A.R. time (Drop Everything And Read) to encourage children to become independent readers using Reggio’s approach.