Welcome to Belgravia Co‐operative Playschool!
NOTICE: Playschool is happy to be able to open in September 2020. As many operational and safety protocols have been adjusted to meet the new COVID-19 environment, please contact playschool directly for full details. A waitlist will be in place should registrations exceed available spaces.
We are a not‐for‐profit co‐operative school promoting learning through play. We strive to give children the tools to develop their physical, psychological, social and emotional potential, and to foster their confidence to explore the world around them. We recognize that children each progress at their own rate, and therefore endeavour to provide an environment that is both developmentally appropriate for their age group, but also flexible enough to cater to individual needs.
The school is located in the Belgravia Community League Building. It is a bright, sunny classroom with access to a full kitchen as well as a large space for gym-type activities. Right beside the building is a playground and Belgravia Elementary School is right next door. Some of the children’s daily activities are teacher-directed, but the majority of their time at school is self-directed. A wide range of materials, arranged at various centres throughout the classroom, are aimed at giving each child the opportunity to follow their own interests while still participating in the program as a whole. Centres available on a daily basis include art, dramatic play, blocks, manipulatives (i.e. puzzles, small blocks, stringing beads, etc.), and a book area. Daily activities usually include songs, stories, finger plays, music, large muscle and/or creative movement activities and sensory activities such as the sand or water table. Weather permitting, children also have outdoor playtime daily.
Children must be at least 36 months old to attend the program. Generally, three‐year‐olds attend the Tuesday/Thursday session and four‐year‐olds attend the Monday/Wednesday/Friday session, but this is not a strict rule. You can register your child for the session that works best, or for both sessions. Split sessions (for example, Tuesday/Thursday plus a Wednesday) are allowed as long as there is space but full session registrations get priority.
Children should be toilet‐trained to attend Belgravia Co‐operative Playschool. Due to new public health and licensing guidelines, we are not able to accept children who are not fully toilet trained, nor may parents attend with their child to assist with toileting.
Our playschool focuses on the educational, social and developmental benefits of play. There are periods deliberately allocated to unstructured (but still supervised!) play, which allows the children to experiment, explore and test vital skills such as identifying their own interests, initiating and responding to interactions with other children, problem solving, and understanding cause and effect. There are also periods of guided play-based inquiry and exploration. Play-based learning is endorsed and recommended by education departments across Canada and backed by academic research. If you’d like more information about play-based learning, please reach-out to the playschool.
Registration fee: $100 per child (non-refundable and non-transferable). This fee is required to hold a spot for the child, and is only charged if there is a spot for the child. First come first served. There is no fee to be on a wait list. For a full list of fees, please contact the playschool.
Parent Handbook – Revised 2018/2019 – updated version coming soon!
Emergency Contact Form
Lunch Registration Form (if program is offered)
Natural Environment Play Consent Form