What does "flexible days" mean?
For Playschool, you can enrol your child for between one and five days per week, mornings or afternoons, any days of the week (space permitting). Note that we only accept ages four and older in our afternoon classes. For After School, you can enrol your child for 1 or 5 days, which include Thursday afternoons (early dismissal). We have a short morning program if you need early drop off.
Are parent duty days required?
As our the general operation of our organization is done by parent volunteers, we do require involvement from all of our Playschool and Kindergarten-Enrichment registered families. Jobs range from various executive positions, to making playdough or coordinating school picture day. We try our best to match a duty that needs to be done with a duty that you want to do. A family duty deposit cheque is required upon registration which is later returned if you complete your assigned task. More information on family duties can be found in the Parent Handbook under the Forms menu.
Families registered in the After School program are not required to particpate in family duties; however, any assistance is always welcome.
What is your child to supervisor ratio?
We meet the Alberta Child Care Licensing Regulations for minimum staffing requirements. However, we strive to exceed the ratios as much as possible because we like to keep our class sizes smaller and still have two teachers available. This allows for more focused work with our students.
How many classrooms do you use for your program?
We currently operate our program out of two classrooms located in St Martin Elementary School. The spaces are clean, brightly colored and contain age appropriate toys, books, puzzles and other learning materials.
How is the program funded and are there any fundraising requirements?
Even though we are located within an elementary school, we do not receive funding for our programs from any school board. We are able to meet our financial obligations through tuition fees received, awarded grants, donations, casinos and fundraising. Families who register their child in Playschool or Kindergarten Enrichment have to submit a fundraising deposit cheque which is returned at the end of the year if they fulfill their fundraising obligations. There are several opportunities to participate in fundraising with flexibility for families to select which fundraiser will work best for them. More information on fundraising can be found in our Parent Handbook under Forms.
Families who register in our After School program are not required to fundraise; however, they are more than welcome to participate by purchasing any items.