The preschool program is designed by our registered early childhood educators to create a learning environment for these 2.5 – 3.5 year olds to be able to explore and learn during play. The room is divided into centres which allow for children to have choice in their day and find exciting new activities to build on their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Edukids’ prides themselves on creating an environment that brings together themes (that the children help choose each week) and self guided discovery. Our centres include: dramatic play, sensory, science, creative and art, building and blocks, literacy, numeracy, outdoor play, group discussions and learning circles, and a lot of spontaneous emergent activities based on the children’s direction.
Mirroring closely to the neighbouring school boards, the kindergarten curriculum is focused on play based learning in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Children aged 4 and 5 have the option of coming to the centre on opposite times as 'big school' or joining us in our full day program. Specifically we work with these children on reading skills, letter and number recognition, printing, mathematics and science. We use literacy programs that are being utilized in the neighbouring schools so that children can build on their learning at both school and daycare. It sounds like a lot of work, but in actual fact the children enjoy every aspect of their day because the registered early childhood educators make sure that all of the learning objectives are done through play and fun! The kindergarten environment is bright and lively bringing in aspects of games, dance, music, songs and lots of laughs! The children have the opportunity to create their own learning through exploration and discovery both indoors and outside and take advantage of asking lots of questions to better their understanding of their world.