Now accepting new registrations for 2020-2021
A comprehensive look over the special measures in place for the 2020-2021 school year. This guide complements our Parent Handbook guidelines available in our Registration section. This is a live document that is reviewed on a regular basis according to updates from Hamilton Public Health.
As facilitators of learning experiences, our teachers implement strategies, as Tools for Life, to support the development of socioemotional learning, through the use of a common language that builds positive, and respectful relationships.
Our playground provides a well-secured shaded area for children to play outdoor. A variety of tricycles, cars and kinetic toys are available for gross motor activities, as well as a Mud kitchen to explore natural materials and engage in messy play, promoting creativity, role playing, collaboration and motor skills. We enjoy outdoor play, weather-permitting, year-round.
Circle time provides a great opportunity for the children to gather together in a group setting in order to share and listen to stories, present show and tell, and join music and movement activities to explore rhythm and coordination.
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 program is encouraged on duty days, scheduled at least twice a month, in order to assist our Early Childhood Educators as environmental staff.
Children's morning routine
9:00 am Arrival at school
Free Play / Creative art
Music 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.
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