Early Learners Playschool

This play-orientated, learning program for three-and-four year olds promotes learning in a friendly, positive and fun-filled atmosphere, and is geared towards preparing your child for kindergarten. It provides a good balance of structure and free-play time as well as themed activities. To further enrich learning, children will explore the community, participate in seasonal celebrations, and attend field trips. This program is available at two different recreation facilities in the City.

Early Learners Playschool
Early Learners Playschool Outside
Early Learners Playschool

About our Playschool

A typical day at playschool may include the following:
  • Active and passive games such as outdoor play and gym time as well as board and memory games
  • Fine motor skill development within free play centres (i.e. blocks, puzzles, tracing)
  • Music education through dancing, singing and playing instruments
  • Arts and crafts open ended projects like painting, collaging and special holiday crafts
  • Circle time with songs, stories and show and share
Sample Classroom Activities 
  • Transition Activities - Teachers use songs to signal a change in the routine 
  • Snack - This is a relaxing time for children to learn healthy eating habits, good table manners and it allows them to socialize with the other children
  • Music and Movement - Through movement, children learn cause and effect, and action and reaction. We encourage children to move to the beat and find their own individual rhythm
  • Gross Motor Skills - Our program plans for at least 20 minutes each day
  • Circle Time - Our instructors lead activities like songs, poetry, finger-plays, discussion, stories, puppets, music and movement, or drama
 Classroom protocol

Closures and Gradual Entry

  • Playschools are closed on statutory holidays
  • The Port Moody Early Learners Playschool Program follows the School District closure calendar including provincial and district-wide professional days, as well as spring and winter breaks.
  • Gradual entry may be implemented first week of our program.

Health and Safety

  • We ask parents to keep their children at home if they are sick with anything that could spread throughout the preschool (i.e. colds, flu, or an infection).

Allergen Aware Policy

  • For the health and safety of all children, we may require a program to be allergen aware, which means restricting some types of allergens (i.e. nuts, dairy).

Pick-Up Procedures

  • Please be on time to pick up your child. It is often upsetting for children to be waiting after class has finished. Many of our instructors have only a brief break in between classes and late pick-up delays preparation time for the next class.

Support in the Classroom

  • On occasion, one-on-one support is provided to children in our program from an outside agency. All adults interacting with children have completed a successful Vulnerable Sector Check.

Parental Consent and Student Information Form

  • Forms are used to capture important information regarding your child’s medical conditions, allergies and additional contact information in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Procedures

  • In the event of a fire drill or emergency evacuation, an instructor will lead the class out of the building to a designated meeting place. Instructors have your contact information, in the event that you need to be called.

Payment Plan Reminder

  • The first instalment of the monthly payment plan will be taken on or around October 1. Please call us to update your credit card information if it has changed from date of registration (i.e. expiry date has changed).
Contact Details

Program Email: earlylearners@portmoody.ca

Program Phone:  (604)469-4611 & (604)469-4715 

Fees and schedule

The preschool term is September through June and follows the School District 43 closure calendar including provincial and district-wide professional days as well as spring and winter breaks. Preschools are closed on statutory holidays. 

 Rocky Point

If your child is three years old, the playschool program costs $98.67 each month and is offered on Tuesday and Thursday from:

  • 9:15am to 11:15am or
  • 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Child must be three years old prior to December 31, 2020 – no exceptions.

If your child is four years old, the playschool program costs $138.60 each month and is offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from:

  • 9:15am to 11:15am or
  • 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Child must be four years old prior to December 31, 2020 – no exceptions.

 Glenarye Centre

If your child is three years old, the playschool program costs $98.67 each month and is offered on Tuesday and Thursday from:

  • 9:15am to 11:15am or
  • 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Child must be three years old prior to December 31, 2020 – no exceptions.

If your child is four years old, the playschool program costs $150.49 each month and is offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from:

  • 9:15am to 11:30am or
  • 12:15pm to 2:30pm

Child must be four years old prior to December 31, 2020 – no exceptions.

Registration, Payment and Withdrawal

 Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 Early Learner programs starts on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 8am. 

Students must be three or four years old prior to December 31. The first months payment is non-refundable and due at the time of registration.

Children who are registered and complete the 3-year-old program are guaranteed a spot at the same location and time for the 4-year-old program. Registration is still required for the reserved space.

Once registration has been completed, you will have seven working days to provide us with:

  • payment plan information
  • signed paperwork
  • a Birth Certificate or Care Card for age verification
 Payment

Fees can be paid in full or a monthly payment plan is available. Monthly payment plan can be made by credit card or Debit Mastercard and VISA Debit.

Fees are divided into ten equal payments; therefore fees are the same each month and not prorated regardless of the number of holidays/professional days observed or date of registration.

Your pre-authorized payment will be deducted on the first of each month.

If the fee has not been authorized by the third working day of the month, this may cause your child's participation to be suspended until full payment is received

Additional nominal fees may be required for fieldtrips throughout the year.

 Withdrawal

We require a 30-day withdrawal notice. There is no refund for partial months due to vacation or illness.

Withdrawal requests must be made directly to our office 604-469-4536.