Apple Seeds Preschool is licensed with the Ministry of Education. We seek to provide a program that will provide a

warm, supportive, stimulating, and creative environment for each child. Apple Seeds Preschool clearly reflects our sincere appreciation of the Christian perspective. Christian principles are interwoven throughout daily routines and are modeled by staff. It is our belief that each child is created by God as a unique individual.

Our program strives to meet the needs and interests of each child through cooperative learning experiences in every area of a child’s life: socially, emotionally, physically and developmentally. We provide an environment where children can learn through play and exploration by learning to ask questions, make choices and thereby achieve successes. Children are taught to show compassion and respect with each other, at home and in their community.

Apple Seeds Preschool offers two enrolment options to meet the needs of our families. Families can choose from half days or full days. Our hours of operation are 8am to 5pm, Mondays to Fridays. Our Preschool operates from September to June. We do offer a Kids Camp program in July for children ages 4 to 6 years of age. Our Preschool children need to register for a minimum of two days a week. The class has an adult to child ratio of 1:8 with a class maximum of 16 children aged 2.5 years to 4 years of age.

We are located on a 50-acre property, adorned with our own pond simply waiting to be discovered, explored and enjoyed. Apple Seeds has a private fenced-in playground located at the back of the school. Children will enjoy a fun-filled day through center time, circle time, stories, crafts, music and outdoor play. In addition to these fun activities, there are literacy and numeracy activities leading to Kindergarten readiness and future academic success.

As you walk into our classroom, you will see these words written on our classroom wall:

“Belonging, Well-Being, Encouragement and Expression.” 

We have taken these valuable characteristics from the document How Does Learning Happen 2014. We have incorporated these values into the daily routine of our classroom. We are guided by this document. This is Ontario’s pedagogy for the early years as a professional learning resource guide for educators to support pedagogy and curriculum/program development in our Preschool program. We believe in responsive relationships between staff and children as co-learners together. Learning through exploration, play and inquiry occur on a daily basis.

The “How Does Learning Happen” document speaks to four foundations that are important for children to grow and develop in order to reach their full potential.

1 Belonging refers to a sense of connectedness to others, an individual’s experiences of being valued, of forming relationships with others and making contributions as part of a group, a community, and  the natural world.

2 Well-being addresses the importance of physical and mental health and wellness. It incorporates capacities such as self-care, sense of self, and self-regulation skills.

3 Engagement suggests a state of being involved and focused. When children are able to explore the world around them with their natural curiosity and exuberance, they are fully engaged. Through this type of play and inquiry, they develop skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, and innovating, which are essential for learning and success in school and beyond.

4 Expression or communication (to be heard, as well as to listen) may take many different forms. Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasingly complex communication. There are opportunities to explore materials, support creativity, problem solving, and mathematical behaviours. Language-rich environments support growing communication skills, which are foundational for literacy.

These four foundations inform the goals for Apple Seeds Preschool. Our program provides opportunities for children to learn through child initiated and adult supported experiences. Most importantly, children need to feel cared for and safe in this environment. Communication is considered as being of paramount importance. Home and Preschool collaborate closely together. We are committed to ensure that the provisions set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2015 will strengthen compliance and health and safety in our Preschool classroom.

**Families are encouraged to register quickly as space is limited.**

2019-2020 Apple Seeds Preschool Enrollment Form and Fee Schedule
(Please note the tuition prices reflect the monthly amount)

2019-2020 Apple Seeds Parent Handbook

For more information, please contact the office at Calvary Christian Academy at 613-283-5089 or email at preschool@calvaryca.com.

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