3 Day Pre-school Program
Katimavik Co-operative Nursery School strives to offer a warm and nurturing environment for preschool children. Our professional staff will provide a stimulating and nurturing program that will vary and evolve according to the needs and interests of each group of children.
A variety of experiences are available to assist the children in developing their skills in the areas of language, cognitive, physical and social development. Each child will be accepted as a unique individual and will be encouraged to develop his/her full potential. The staff will foster independence and self-esteem through play and each child will be encouraged to develop their social skills through interaction with peers and adults.
KCNS recognizes that parents are their children’s first teachers. The school aims to provide children with a positive environment for a formal learning experience outside of the home. As a co-operative, parents are an integral part of the school and, by working closely with the teachers, a supportive relationship is developed between the Nursery School and families.
A typical day at KCNS includes:
- Outdoor Play and Physical Activity
- Small Circle – Songs, cognitive activities, stories and games. The children are divided into three circles based on age
- Snack time – A healthy snack in a social interactive setting
- Free Play – A choice of crafts, puzzles, books, stations and creative play
- Big Circle – The entire class comes together for a musical circle time
Many of the classroom activities centre around themes. The themes are determined based on the teachers' observations of the children's interests and needs. Themes in the past have included trains, farm animals, music, polar animals, oceans and many other topics.
3 Day Morning Program for 2.5 to 4 year olds
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 to 11:30 am.
$210 per month (2017/18 rate)
3 Day Afternoon Program for 2.5 to 4 year olds
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
$210 per month (2017/18 rate)
Optional School Readiness Program
This additional afternoon program is open to those children who will enter junior kindergarten in the following school year.
The emphasis remains on fun, but the mix of two early childhood educators and a maximum of only 16 children allows an opportunity for the children to sample different activities which bridge the experience of nursery school to the more structured JK classroom.
The students build confidence and self-esteem in this tight-knit group as they are involved in drama, baking, and exploration of artists and musicians. They build social skills and learn to take turns playing games.
Early math skills are practiced as they measure, mix and sort to create delicious cookies and soups. Beginning phonics introduces letter sounds in interesting ways, e.g. making letter pretzels. The children are proud to have their very own weekly ‘homework’ where the emphasis is on developing fine motor and pre-reading skills.
Outdoor play involves walks in the woods, skating on the outdoor rink and picnics in local parks.
School Readiness Program for 3 to 4 year olds
Participation in either the morning or afternoon program with the addition of
Thursday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
$275 per month (2017/18 rate, includes 3-day program)
We are fortunate at KCNS to have three dedicated and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators. Each of them is certified in Early Childhood Education and has approximately 20 years of experience in teaching preschool children. Our staff have worked very hard to become a dynamic team and provide a stimulating program for the children.
All of them participate in professional development workshops and therefore are able to introduce new ideas and activities to the children on a regular basis. They believe in learning along with the children and look forward to trying new activities each year.
All of our staff have experience with numerous special needs children and work together with Childrens Integrated Support Services to integrate special needs children into the program. They also have basic sign language, which is used to support English language development with all of the children.
The staff accepts each child as an individual while they become an active member of the group.