Early Learning Program
Vulcan Prairieview Elementary is proud to offer outstanding early learning programs for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds. Our program offers children a fun and safe learning environment to build early literacy skills, develop social skills, fine and gross motor skills, speech development, and many other skills important for pre-school children to learn and do prior to entering kindergarten.
Our programming allows for 2-half days for both the 3-year-old and the 4-year-old programs. *Some children requiring interventions may be eligible for more program time as part of their intervention.
This excerpt from Palliser Regional Schools' Early Learning Pamphlet explains the philosophy behind our program:
Early childhood is a significant period in human development. Independence, initiative, decision making, creativity, the ability to learn, the ability to relate to others, and feelings of self-worth all have their beginnings in early childhood. What young children learn at this stage will have a major impact on successful learning experiences in school, on personal development and future participation in society.
Young children are naturally curious and eager to learn. Purposeful play is an important mode of learning for children. Through organized activities and purposeful play, children explore and experiment with their environment. The preschool program provides concrete, first-hand experiences with a variety of materials and people to help build a solid foundation for later abstract thinking in a safe and secure environment. The goal of the preschool experience is to provide learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate to meet the diverse needs of children and promote a positive attitude to lifelong learning.
Program Fees and How to Register for Pre-school
Registration forms for pre-school are available from the main office. Children are eligible to begin attending pre-school as soon as they turn 3 years of age (even if that occurs after the start of the school year).
There are a few things you can help your child with to ensure they are more independent at school:
- go to the washroom independently
- put on/take off their own shoes
- dress themselves ie: coats, hats, etc.
Program fees: $80/month
*Children needing interventions such as speech/language or occupational therapy may qualify for government funding (PUF) which will replace the program fee. This is dependent on the child meeting the qualifications as per the Alberta Education funding model. Ask your child's pre-school teacher, Diane Smith, or our early learning support teacher, Katie Wade, for more information.
Program Hours for 2019-2020
Morning classes will run from 8:30 to 11:30 am with drop-off time between 8:30 and 8:45 and pick-up time at 11:30. Afternoon classes will run 12:30-3:30 with drop-off time being between 12:30 and 12:45 and pick-up time is 3:30. Please do not drop your child off early. At the end of class we will either be out on the playground or we will bring your children to the front doors.
Please make sure your child is signed in and out each day; the clipboard is located just inside the classroom door.
Students may ride the bus if they are 4 years old and have an older sibling on the bus.
What Your Child Needs To Bring Each Day
Children will need to bring the following:
- a backpack
- inside shoes (can be left at school)
- extra clothes because accidents do happen (can also be left at school)
- a healthy snack and drink. Please send peanut-free snacks. We encourage the children not to share snacks but sometimes they can be very generous and there are children with allergies!
- a communication bag will be provided to send home notes, crafts, etc. Please check this everyday and return it.
- appropriate outdoor clothing. We do try to go outside everyday.