Strathcona County offers a variety of programs for children throughout all ages and stages along their preschool journey; whether it’s learning new skills with a caring adult nearby (parented), building confidence being away from loved ones for the first time (unparented), or preparing for the transition to Kindergarten (Pre-K). Programs are available at various recreation facilities in rural and urban Strathcona County. Each location has access to unique amenities and outdoor play spaces.

Programs offered

Our programs reflect the importance of play in a child’s healthy development.  Through intentional teaching practices, purposefully designed learning environments, and enriched activities, our inquiry-based recreation programs offer children opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge in a fun and safe environment. We also offer drop-in times for both parented and unparented programs.

Preschool programs


Know before you go

There are a few things you may want to know before taking part in Strathcona County preschool programs.

Know before you go: preschool guidelines and procedures

  • Your instructor will greet you and your child and guide you through the drop-off process. We require a parent or guardian to sign-in and sign-out their child each day.

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  • We appreciate your participation in helping keep our staff and participants safe. Please keep your child home if they are feeling unwell.

    • Preschool staff will follow all provincial and Strathcona County guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
    • Stay home if you are sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been directed to self-isolate.
    • Activities have been modified to encourage physical distancing
    • Hand sanitizer is available – participants are asked to use it when entering and leaving the program space.
    • Please leave non-essential items at home (toys, blankets, etc.)
    • If you need to speak to your child's teacher, please do so while practicing physical distancing.
    • Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place – tables, chairs, toys and equipment will be sanitized after each class. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the program time.

    We are constantly learning and adapting to changes and new best practices. If you have questions or concerns about your child's experience – please contact us via email at preschoolprograms@strathcona.ca.

  • Children registered in unparented programs should be toilet trained. Please note: parents/guardians will be contacted by phone to attend to any changing needs.

    What to bring to class:

    • Please leave all non-essential items at home (toys, blankets, etc.), and ensure that all items outlined below are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
    • A backpack with indoor shoes and extra clothes.
    • Snack/lunch items that your child can easily open and close on their own.
      • Half day (3 hours) – a water bottle and a small, nut-free snack.
      • Full day (6 hours) – a water bottle, a small, nut-free snack and lunch.
      • Programs less than 3 hours do not require a snack.

    Prepare for outdoor play:

    • Recommended winter wear:
      • Wear layers to allow for regulation of body temperature.
      • Choose a hat that covers the whole head, including the ears.
      • Appropriate footwear such as running shoes, rain boots, or winter boots.
      • Wear pants that are warm and waterproof. Snow pants are recommended for colder months and rain pants are recommended for rainy days.
      • Mittens are better than gloves for keeping hands warm, as fingers generate more heat when they are not separated.
    • Recommended summer wear:
      • Dress your child in layers to allow for regulation of body temperature. 
      • Open-toe shoes such as sandals are not recommended. 
      • Apply sunscreen and bug spray prior to drop-off. 
      • Bring a hat for additional sun protection.  

About preschool programs

  • Our Philosophy - Our preschool programs reflect the understanding of the importance of play in a child’s healthy development. Through intentional teaching practices, purposefully designed learning environments, and enriched activities, our inquiry-based recreation programs offer children opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge in a fun and safe environment.
     

  • Our program plans use an inquiry-based approach to learning that is centred on the children's interests. These interests are developed into activities planned by the instructors. This provides engaging learning opportunities for children, as they are encouraged to explore topics that are important to them. 

  • We offer several different types of registered programs for multiple ages, including parented, unparented, and pre-kindergarten options. Parented and unparented programs run between 4 to 11 weeks and pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) programs run for up to 11 weeks during the fall, winter and spring sessions. Registration for Pre-K is available for 11 weeks or all 33 weeks, September through June. We also offer summer programs for children ages 3 to 7 years old.

    View all current and upcoming preschool and pre-kindergarten programs.

    Registered Programs

    Parented - For parents or caregivers who want to spend time with their child in a registered program that is led by an instructor.

    Unparented - Your child will discover and learn in our inquiry-based programs. Our focus is to facilitate children’s play experiences and provide learning opportunities while they get comfortable being away from home. Our preschool rooms are equipped with exciting play centres for your child to experience. Programs are offered at various locations, one or two days a week, and range from 2 to 3 hours in length. Registered programs have access to facility amenities such as the Preschool Playground, Edu-tainment Centre, Love to Play room, or mini-gym spaces. Children will also have outdoor playtime.

    Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) - This is a preschool program for children who are four years old and will be attending kindergarten the following year. We offer half-day (3 hours, 2 days per week), or full-day (6 hours, 1 day per week) programs at various locations. Pre-K focuses on developing social skills and building confidence while away from home. We provide foundational learning opportunities in language and literacy, pre-math, physical movement skills, and social and emotional development. Our preschool spaces are equipped with engaging play centres to ensure that your child is exposed to unique learning activities. Pre-K, programs have access to facility amenities such as the Preschool Playground, Edutainment Centre, Love to Play room or mini-gym spaces. Children will also have outdoor playtime.

  • Preschool is based out of two rural and three urban locations, each with unique features. Preschool rooms are equipped with numerous learning centres: art, blocks, dramatic play, sand and water, nature and science, math and manipulatives, and literacy; which are vital to the hands-on experiences you can find in our preschool programs. All our locations have indoor gyms and outdoor spaces for your active preschooler.

    For facility locations see the Strathcona County recreation facilities map.


Common questions: preschool programs

Questions?
780-467-2211
recreation@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Friday, June 24, 2022
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