Q: What are the class times & school fees?
A: The fees for our classes are broken down as follows:
- Morning 3 year old class – Tuesday/Thursday; 9:15am-11:45am; $170/month
- Morning 4 year old class – Monday/Wednesday/Friday; 9:15am-11:45am; $200/month
*As of January 2022, our rates have changed due to the new federal-provincial child care agreement. Visit our Registration Page for details on our fees.
- $100 non-refundable
Field trip fee:
- $25 – for information on frequency and the type of field trips we do see the events page.
For further information on the above noted fees please see the registration page, then look for the registration package.
Q: How can I pay for the school fees?
A: The school fees can be paid for either via cheques or by e-transfer. To learn more please see the registration page, then look for the registration package.
Q: Do you offer full-time preschool?
A: We do not offer full-time preschool.
Q: What does the typical daily schedule look like?
A: The standard day usually progresses as below:
- Free play time, art stations and sensory bins are available
- Mindful meeting (this includes our welcome song)
- Bathroom break, all children are required to wash hands before snack
- Snack time (this is a packed healthy snack from home – no nuts)
- Studio time or outside play/activity
Q: What are the class sizes?
A: All classes will have a maximum class size between 12-18 students.
Q: What is the volunteering commitment (and pre-requisite) inside and outside the classroom?
A: The classroom volunteer commitment works out to approximately once per month. This volunteer can be a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. Outside the classroom, parents are required to have a parent job which is generally a 1-2 hour commitment per month. Job sign up is at the start of the school year and the jobs themselves range from making play-doh to coordinating field trips.
NOTE: All volunteers are required to have a valid police check handed into the school. Information on how to acquire this is given once your child is registered, it is free of charge with the discovery preschool form and can be requested at any local police station.
Q: When can I register my child?
A: Your child must turn 3 years old by December 31st to register for the morning 3 year old class. Children turning 3 years old between August 31 – December 31st can be placed on a hold list until they turn 3. Before their 3rd birthday they can still attend class but must be accompanied by an adult for child-to-adult ratio purposes.
Your child must turn 4 years old by December 31 st to register for the morning 4 year old class or afternoon 4 – 5 year old class.
To learn more, please see the registration page.
Q: What is the Reggio Emilia approach?
A: The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an emphasis on project based learning built upon the interests of the students. Topics for study are captured from the talk and play of the children and the teachers use their observations to formulate the direction of the curriculum.
To learn more about the Reggio Emilia approach, please click on the Reggio Emilia tab of our website.
Q: What is the policy on feedback from parents to teachers?
A: We welcome feedback at Discovery Preschool. If you are having an issue please email the teachers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appropriate time to discuss.
Q: How do I get regular updates on what my child is doing in class?
A: Seesaw. Our teachers post regular updates of class exercises in the Seesaw app which can be downloaded for free. Teachers will also email out a weekly update including reminders for the upcoming week.
Learn more about Seesaw here: https://web.seesaw.me/
Q: What does the school use Mabel’s Labels for?
A: Fundraising and keeping track of our belongings! We ask everything that comes to school to be labeled, and Discovery Preschool has partnered with Mabel’s Labels. If interested parents can order labels online and a portion of those profits will go towards the school.
Use the following link to order Mabel’s Labels. Once on their site search and select “Discovery Preschool (Calgary)”. https://mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/fundraising/support/
Q: What is Providence?
A: Providence is a government funded program that provides therapeutic and educational services for young children. Providence resources include Alberta Education certified teachers, speech- language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, behavioral specialists and therapeutic/educational assistants all working together to provide a comprehensive educational program. Discovery Preschool is fortunate to be affiliated with Providence to provide an enhanced preschool program to our 4 year old students.
Learn more about Providence here: https://www.providencechildren.com/