Now accepting new registrations for 2020-2021
In their first few years, children establish important skills developed through play.
Ancaster Small Fry Preschool provides a welcoming space that encourage active exploration and meaningful interactions to support children's autonomy and sense of competence. Assorted materials and resources in our learning environment support problem solving and imagining, as well as present opportunities for creative expression in all forms throughout daily routines that view children as capable competent, curious and rich in potential.
In compliance with the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), and grounded in current research in early child development through the How Does Learning Happen? (HDLH) pedagogy, our program implements and adjusts practices that aligns with the Foundations for Learning to support children's sense of belonging and well-being, as well as engagement and expression.
Our Morning Program
Monday to Friday
Grounded on the ELECT principles to offer positive experiences and set the foundation for lifelong learning and well-being, our program contemplates long periods of uninterrupted exploration and play, and few structured transitions, allowing children to approach activities on their own terms. Part of the philosophy that guides our cooperative preschool is parents' involvement in the learning experience. Participation in the classroom in encourage on duty days, scheduled at least twice a month, in order to assist our Early Childhood Educators, and cover child/adult ratios in the Toddler and Preschool classrooms
Children's morning routine
9:00 am Arrival at school
Free Play / Creative art
Song and Stories / Show and Share
Tidy Up / Washroom routine /
11:50 am Gathering of belongings
12:00 pm Parents pick up children
Our Full Day Program
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Our Full Day Program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a catered hot meal provided at lunch time. This extended program is offered to families interested in providing their child with an opportunity to adjust to longer school days, and stimulate print and phonemic awareness through the different learning areas. In order to participate in this program, your child must be enrolled in the Preschool Program. This is a Non-Duty class. Registered Early Childhood Educators will be running this program with staff assistance to comply with child/adult ratios. Monthly menus are created following the guidelines in the Child Care and Early Years Act and Nutrition standards by the Canada Food Guide. All meals are cooked in Health Inspected, Nut Free commercial kitchen located in Ancaster.
Children's afternoon routine
12:00 pm Outdoor activities
12:20 pm Washroom routine
12:30 pm Catered Lunch
Tidy Up / Story time
1:00 pm Early Literacy activities /
Science Projects/Creative art
2:20 pm Gathering of belongings
2:30 pm Parents pick up children