Our program follows the Capable, Confident and Curious – Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework. We take cues from the children, incorporating their ideas and things of interest to them. This framework’s image of the child sees children as curious, creative, full of potential, capable and confident.
Upon arrival at the preschool, children are given a free time to share, play and explore all areas of the school. (Or outside if weather permits). This important social time allows the children to participate in one or more favourite activity as well as discovering any new learning materials that are available, either side by side their peers or together. Interaction with the staff is also an important part of this welcome time.
Together time, Circle time or Group activity time is a structured period of the day where songs, poems, finger-plays, games and stories, art, science experiments, or baking are introduced. It is also a time where children can share and ask questions of the teacher and classmates. At times, there may be visitors that come to the school to share knowledge and information.
Art time, either as a structured group activity or art time during free play, can be another time where children can explore, experiment and express their individual ideas and creativity. A wide variety of fine motor activities are offered with many mediums and loose parts.
We try to have outdoor play daily, weather permitting and we also have a gym, so children should come to school ready to play in comfortable clothing which allows them to play without fear of getting messy, to move freely and with the appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather. For safety reasons, your child will need to wear a closed shoe indoors and outdoors.
7:30 – 9:00 Arrival and Free Play – Indoor &/or Outdoor
9:00 – 9:15 Prep for snack – including washroom routine
9:15 – 9:45 Snack
9:45 – 10:00 Clean up from snack – including washroom routine
10:00 – 11:30 Free Play, Small group activities &/or outside
11:30 – 11:45 Prep for lunch – including washroom routine
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 12:45 Clean up from Lunch & Prep for rest time – including washroom routine
12:45 – 1:45 Rest / Quiet time – container toys, table toys &/or outside
1:45 – 2:00 Transition from rest – including washroom routine and free play
2:00 – 2:45 Free Play – Indoor &/or Outdoor
2:45 – 3:00 Prep for snack – including washroom routine
3:00 – 3:30 Snack
3:30 – 3:45 Clean up from snack – including washroom routine
3:45 – 5:30 Transition time – Free Play, Outside, Gym, Groups &/or Dismissal
Full-Time – Your child attends five full days a week (Monday through Friday). Priority for space is given to full-time families.
Full-Time Part week – the option for a few days a week are available upon request and available spaces.
If you wish to ADD days for your family, you need to provide written notice and we will determine if space is currently available to accommodate the change. If no space is available, you will be added to our wait list.
Enrolled full-time families will be given priority for an available space over other families on the waiting list who are not already registered in a program at the school. Provided their account is in good standing.