School Readiness (age 3)

Overview


  • Your child will need to be 3 by December 31st of the school year.
  • Low Ratios: 1 teacher for every 8 children and a maximum of 16 children (versus a maximum of 24 children in the 3s program).
  • 2.5 hour afternoon program that runs Monday to Thursday. Parents have a choice of enrolling their children for 4 afternoons a week, or 2 afternoons a week.
  • Promoting independence through dressing, toileting (children still in diapers are welcome), and snack time.
  • Emphasis on cultivating individual confidence through cooperative play skills, toy sharing, conflict resolution, and individual artistic expression.
  • Special days are organized to include activities like baking, themed-days like Beach Day or Pajama Day, special visitors like police and firefighters, and outings and field trips
  • Huge variety of immersed educational opportunities including outdoor education, caring for pets and plants, learning about animal life cycles, science experimentation, and fun cause & effect trials.
  • Programming is modified at a minimum of every two weeks based on the children’s’ current interests and skills.
  • School Readiness report cards are prepared for each child enrolled in the program.
  • No Duty Days required by parents in this program, though parents are always welcomed to participate in the classroom. Parents are responsible for packing daily nut-free snacks for their children.
  • Be sure to read through the Parent Testimonials for greater insight on how our programs have benefitted past students.

Program Times (afternoons)


  • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Monday and Wednesday
  • 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Tuesday and Thursday
  • Drop-In Program  1:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

The 3-Year-Old Program is also available in the morning.

Tuition, Fees and Subsidies


Please consult our Tuition Page for more information.

For a Three-Year-Old, Preschool Provides…


…the opportunity to try out new skills such as cutting, painting and counting and to socialize with peers, which make for a positive first school experience.

IMG_3961_3The best way for your 3-year-old to learn is through play, observation, and conversation. Your three-year-old will now begin to play co-cooperatively with other children in small groups, share her/his toys and develop friendships. In our program there is an emphasis on sharing and co-operating with friends. This is accomplished through a wide variety of creative activities and learning centres such as the dramatic play area, art area, sensory area, block area, fine motor/cognitive area, and language area. More structured times include “circle” for storytelling, songs, movement and music, and special activities.

IMG_3965_3Gross motor play is a daily occurrence in the outside play yard (new in Spring 2013 and meets the Ministry’s safety standards). The play yard is fenced in and shaded by mature trees. Each age group gets independent time to play in the yard. If the weather does not permit outdoor play there is a gymnasium stocked with a variety of equipment.