Preschool Friends

What Your Child Will Learn

Social Skills

There is no better way to learn how to interact with peers than to practice with other children day in and day out. Preschool Friends is a safe place for your child to learn how to make friends and to be a good friend. She will be immersed in a small community of familiar children and will have the direct support of a teacher who knows her well. The low teacher:child ratio of 1:5 will provide many valuable, guided opportunities during the day to practice being patient and empathetic, playing cooperatively, and resolving conflicts. Using the skills she has learned, your child will be ready and eager to make friends when she enters Kindergarten.

Imagination

Rigbee’s deliberately simple, uncluttered, screen-free environment will give your child’s imagination room to run wild. Open-ended art activities, unstructured play, role-playing, outdoor time, and read alouds are top priorities in the Preschool Friends program. I believe in giving children lots of space to form their own thoughts and make their own decisions. Your child will not come home with a fancy teacher-directed art project, but instead, you will pick up a child who exudes life, has stories to tell, and probably has muddy shoes - all signs of a day well-spent.

Independence

Preschool Friends provides the perfect space for children to gently and gradually gain confidence and independence before they enter the larger setting of a Kindergarten classroom. We will work on basic skills such as dressing independently, using the toilet (if they are not already toilet trained) and tidying up after themselves. Children will be encouraged to take responsibility for their environment by working as a team to help prepare lunch, tend to the balcony garden, and repair and organise toys. You will undoubtedly see your child mature from her time at Preschool Friends as their self-control, persistence, patience, and risk-taking muscles are strengthened.

 

Program Details

Preschool Friends is a high-quality program, located in Caledon, that prepares preschoolers for Kindergarten. Under the guidance of an Ontario-certified teacher, your child will learn social skills, stretch their imaginations, and become more independent. 

 

Ages

Preschool Friends is for children ages 3 - 5. (Children just shy of 3 may attend as long as they turn 3 during the term in which they are enrolled.) The program is useful for children who are going to enter JK the following year or for current Kindergarten students who may not be ready to attend a large classroom full-time. The maximum teacher to child ratio at Preschool Friends is 1:5.

 

Days, Time, and Cost

Preschool Friends  operates every Monday and Friday. Your child may attend every Monday, every Friday or both days per week throughout the session. 

 

The program runs from 8:45 AM - 2:15 PM and costs $45/day. Parents will be asked to contribute one box of snacks at the beginning of the session. Lunch is provided.

 

Calendar

  • Summer session: July 3, 2019 - August 28, 2019 (FULL) 

  • Fall session: September 9, 2019 - December 18, 2019 

  • Winter session: January 6, 2020 - April 3, 2020 (closed for March Break)

  • Spring session: April 6, 2020 - June 26, 2020

How to Register

There are three ways to register:

  1. Print the registration packet and drop it off or mail it to 17277 Old Main St. Belfountain L7K 0E5. You can also print, complete, scan, then email to rigbeechildminding@gmail.com

  2. Click here to have the form sent to you via regular mail or email. (Please include your mailing address in the email.)

  3. Stop by the centre to register in person.

Example of a Typical Day

8:45 - 9:45 outdoor play

9:45  - 10:00 snack

10:00 - 10:15 read aloud with a mini literacy lesson

10:15 - 10:45 exploration/art

10:45 - 11:30 quiet time/independent play

11:30 - 12:15 outdoor activity

12:15 - 12:45 prepare and eat lunch

12:45 - 1:00   read aloud with a mini math lesson 

1:00 - 1:45 free play

1:45 - 2:15 organised activity (e.g. parachute, game)