Preschool programs

Preschool aged kids using magnifying glasses to look at natural objects on a log outside in the woods.

Summer program registration

Registration for half-day, week long summer programs for youth ages 3 to 17 years begins at 7 a.m. on June 8 on Recreation Online. Programs include preschool, visual arts, dance, drama, sports, outdoor skills, family and leadership. Other program opportunities for families, children, teens and adults will be available for registration as well.

Registration for swimming begins June 16 at 7 a.m. on Recreation Online.

All programs meet current provincial guidelines in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Other program news

Whether your child is attending preschool for the first time or preparing for Kindergarten, they will have a fun and educational experience in our play-based recreation programs. Programs are filled with investigation and exploration, with each location offering unique amenities and spaces for outdoor play. 

Summer programs

Find the full class schedule and register with Recreation Online.

Join us this summer for a variety of fun and engaging classes. Options include:

  • Weekly, half-day programs
    • Preschool Play-cation (3Y - 5Y)
    • Forest Adventures (3.5Y - 5Y)
    • STEAM Squad (5Y - 7Y)
  • Monthly, 2 days/week programs
    • Outdoor Explorers (3.5Y - 5 Y or 5Y - 7Y)
    • Kindergarten Kids (4Y - 5Y)

Participants will be spending a lot of time outdoors. Please ensure your child is prepared by dressing them for the weather and apply sunscreen and bug spray prior to the program start time. Play clothes and running shoes are best for active play (open-toed shoes, such as sandals, are not recommended). Refer to the “Know before you go” section below for a detailed list of items to pack for each program. 

Fall programs

Kindergarten Readiness programs

Find the full class schedule and register with Recreation Online.

Welcome to Pre-K! Your child is sure to have a fun-filled and educational experience in our Kindergarten Readiness (Pre-K) program. Classes take place both indoors and outdoors and are filled with investigation and exploration. Through intentional teaching practices, purposefully-designed learning environments and enriched activities, instructors will help ensure your child’s learning experience is fulfilling and enjoyable.

Preschool programs new guidelines and procedures

  • Several modifications have been made and we appreciate your participation in helping keep our staff and other participants safe. 

    • Preschool staff will follow all provincial and Strathcona County guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and are trained in new protocols around cleaning and guest safety. 

    • Stay home if you are sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been directed to self-isolate.

    • Classes are being offered at reduced sizes, in accordance with provincial guidelines in place. 

    • A pre-screen of participants will take place upon arrival at each program.

    • Activities have been modified to maintain physical distancing. Participants will keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance from people outside of their household.
    • Hand sanitizer is available – participants are asked to use it when entering and leaving the program space.
    • Individuals 2 years of age and older are required to wear a mask in all Strathcona County indoor facilities, this includes during class time and outdoor play.
    • We ask that all participants (including grown-ups) registered in an outdoor program wear a mask for the duration of the program time. Preschool staff will wear a mask at all times.
    • Please leave non-essential items at home (toys, blankets, etc.) and only bring a backpack with extra clothes and masks, a water bottle, a small snack for 3-hour programs and a lunch for all day programs.
    • Drop-off / pick-up routine – some locations have outdoor meeting points for drop-off and pick-up. Specific details will be emailed prior to the first class.
    • 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. Hard to clean items and plush toys have been removed from the program.

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

  • Know before you go

    Kindergarten Readiness (Pre-K), Kindergarten Kids, Preschool Play-cation, STEAM Squad and Forest Adventures

    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, extra clothes and masks. 

    • 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. 

    • Sunscreen and bug spray. Please apply before class begins. 

    Outdoor pop-up preschool, Outdoor Explorers

    Dress for the season/weather: 

    • Layers are important for outdoor play. Dressing in layers allows 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. Open-toed shoes such as sandals are not recommended. 

    • Wear pants that are warm and waterproof. Snow pants are recommended for winter play and rain pants are recommended for the warmer months. 

    • Mittens are better than gloves for keeping children’s hands warm, as fingers generate more heat when they are not separated. 

    • Apply sunscreen and bug spray before class starts. 

    • Registrants in outdoor programs should use the washroom prior to attending class; access to facility washrooms may be limited due to ongoing restrictions. 

    • Classes will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather conditions including, but not limited to: extreme temperatures (-20 C or colder with the wind chill factor), poor air quality or severe storms. Participants will be notified via email regarding class cancellations a minimum of 2 hours before the program start time. 

  • Our Philosophy - Our preschool programs reflect the understanding of the importance of play in a child’s healthy development. Through intentional teaching, purposefully-designed learning environments, and enriched activities, our play-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 centered on the children's interests. These interests are developed into activities planned by the instructors. This provides opportunities to explore topics that are important to the children, keeping them engaged. 

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

    For up to date offerings of all of our preschool and kindergarten readiness programs, check out Recreation Online.

    Registered Programs

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

    Un-Parented - Your child will discover and learn in our inquiry-based programs. Our focus is to facilitate the children’s play and provide learning opportunities while they get comfortable with 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, Edutainment Centre, Love to Play room or mini-gym spaces. Children will also have outdoor playtime.

    Kindergarten Readiness (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, twice a week or full-day programs at various locations. Kindergarten Readiness focuses on 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. Kindergarten Readiness, or 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 Sherwood Park 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.

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Last updated: Friday, June 11, 2021
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