Morning Preschool

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Morning Preschool


Eligible Ages: 2 1/2 to 4 years
Program Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 11:30 am, 12:30 or 2:25 pm (3, 4 or 6 hours -
Can include optional 8:00 am drop-off)
Attendance Options: 2, 3 or 5 days a week
Adult-Child ratio: 1 to 5

For more than 30 years, preschool has been our flagship program. Our award winning teachers and preschool curriculum has a loyal following within the East Toronto community and continually generates a waitlist of interested parents. Our morning preschool program includes two classrooms with 21 children per class aged between 2.5 and 4 years. There are 3-4 adults per classroom, including 2-3 teachers and participating parents, resulting in a 1:5 ratio, far better than Ministry requirements.

Our program is founded on an ‘Emerging Curriculum’ approach wherein activities evolve following the children’s interests. Each day begins with ‘free play’. Teachers allow an activity to expand over time, which gives the children the opportunity to develop a more complete understanding of the activity and to build self-confidence. Children may choose gluing, painting or drawing at the easel, as well as math and language activities. We have a wide range of puzzles and fine motor activities, ranging from simple to complex. As children progress, more challenging materials are made available. We rotate sensory activities including centres based upon sand, water, snow,  play dough, pasta and beans to name a few. Children try out new roles in dramatic play and dress up, get involved in large and small block building and various interlocking construction materials, explore the science and nature tables and play with the doll house. At the end of this segment, children learn to tidy up together.  Following tidy-up time, children prepare for stories and songs including scheduled structured music time with percussion instruments with a certified music teacher and then enjoy a nutritious snack. Each morning includes outdoor play, weather permitting.

Throughout this program, teachers model and encourage empathy, acknowledging feelings, and problem solving so the children learn to express their needs and handle their own conflicts. Children learn to be away from their caregivers, follow routines, listen to others’ ideas and take turns contributing to group activities.

Classes are balanced taking into considerations factors such as friendships, age, gender, and special needs.

Please contact the school if you would like to speak to a parent about their child’s morning preschool experience!

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Additional program options:

Early Birds (8-8:30AM): This program gives your child an extra 30 minutes of our preschool curriculum. The smaller class size between 8-8:30 (demand pending, but we expect ~10 children) means your child gets more time with our award winning teachers. Meanwhile, the early drop off time gives parents a bit of extra time at the start of their day. Note: We also plan to offer an “Early Birds” program for Wilkinson students between JK and Grade 3, wherein students can be dropped off at CPS at 8am, and CPS will ensure they arrive at their class at Wilkinson in a safe and timely manner.
Lunch (11:30-12:30): CPS offers a nutritious lunch program, which instills in young children table manners, social norms, and healthy eating. Our menu, which is entirely trans-fat free, is based upon a 4 week rotation of meals that always includes protein, carbohydrates, milk, fruits and vegetables, teaching children to eat a wider variety of foods. We are able to accommodate cultural or allergy restrictions with meals made to look like that from the regular menu, so as not to make children feel alienated. Please talk to the office about your child’s dietary needs.
Afternoon Preschool (12:30-3:30): Morning preschool students are encouraged to stay for our afternoon program, and can stay as late as 2:25pm (ie less than 6 hours, based on our Ministry licensing). Extending your child’s preschool experience into the afternoon will expose them to a new set of peers and experiences, and allow them to test and apply their learnings from the morning in the afternoon.