Ages: 2.5 years (30 months) to 5 years
Days: 2 or 4 mornings per week
(Monday & Wednesday and/or Tuesday & Thursday)
Time: 9:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Class Size: Up to 16 students
Adult to Student Ratio: min 1:8
Current Availability: Limited.
Our preschool program is designed for children 2.5 up to 5 years old.
It is based on the principle that children learn best through play. It will stimulate your child to learn and explore the world around them. We have purposely created the preschool morning program with two consecutive days of school in order to better prepare for the realities of everyday kindergarten which has been implemented across the province.
It is a great opportunity for kids who thrive in a small group setting. We offer an inclusive learning environment suitable for children of all backgrounds and developmental levels. Both of our teachers have a good deal of experience working with children who have special needs. We pride ourselves on creating an environment that helps all children grow and flourish.
Using an Emergent Curriculum, the classroom activities are led by the children’s own interests. With a wide variety of puzzles, toys, crafts, and imaginative play centers, children are encouraged to explore and expand their interests both in the classroom and the outdoor play area.
In addition to regular play, special guests come to the class on a regular basis. These guests work with the children, sometimes explaining what they do, other times helping them to create a special craft. We have found that after these visits the play in the classroom often shifts towards the topics discussed and children wholeheartedly embrace the new experiences.
A few field trips are also planned each year not only to introduce new experiences, but also to take advantage of the wonderful area we live in.
While we encourage all of our students to be potty trained when they start the class, we do understand that the younger children may not have finished the journey to being diaper free. We ask that children who are not fully trained come to class in a training diaper (e.g. "pull-up") to encourage their continual learning.
The Preschool program is available as participating or non-participating (limited number of spaces). Please read more about participation here.
Guests to our preschool have included:
- Police Officers
- National Service Dogs
Our preschool’s field trips include the:
- Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
- Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo
- Greenway Blooming Center
- Herrles Pumpkin Patch
- Steckle Heritage Farm
- Waterloo Region Museum