Welcome to Tiggy Winkle Preschool
Our bright and spacious classroom is located within the Kitsilano Community Centre, with access to a community playground in Connaught Park. Our preschool is a licensed, inclusive play-based program that offers both morning and afternoon classes for 3 and 4 year old children.
Our Tiggy Winkle Program:
Learning through play is an important part of the Tiggy Winkle program. Our monthly theme-based curriculum offers both structured and non-structured learning activities and experiences that foster and support growth in all areas of child development. The preschool room is set up daily with exciting and engaging art & manipulative activities, puzzles, playdough/water/sand experiences and much more.
Our Class Times & Fees for September 2020 – June 2021:
|Our 3 year olds|
|Morning:||Tue & Thu||9:00-11:30 am|
|Our 3 to 4 year olds|
|Afternoon:||Tue & Thu||12:30-3:30 pm|
|Our 4 year olds|
Our Tiggy Winkle Teachers:
Angela and Jessica
There are two licensed preschool teachers for a maximum of 20 children per class. Our teachers bring with them many years of teaching experiences and are all licensed Early Childhood Educators and posses current First Aid, CPR and Food Safe training.
Children must be toilet trained to attend our preschool.
Connecting With Us
For registration & fees inquiries please connect with the KCC front desk staff at (604) 257-6976.
About Our Program
The teacher to pupil ratio is 2 teachers to a maximum of 20 children per class. The staffs include certified Early Childhood Education teachers, with updated first aid and various workshops throughout the school year.
Our philosophy is child-centered. Our goal is to help each child gain a good feeling about themselves and others. We encourage each child to explore the world with curiosity and enthusiasm.
In order to facilitate meaningful choice-making, we give the child the chance to move about in a setting which offers many attractive, interesting and stimulating and valid things to do. Since the child becomes a person through his/her own individualized response to the environment, we will be open, flexible and willing to experiment with the environment; for as the child grows, so must his/her environment.
Although we do value free play, our program has an underlying structure to it. The security and well-being of all children in our preschool depends upon this structure which maintains certain limits, repetition and consistency.
- Behaviour that protects the rights of others will be encouraged and supported
- Behaviour that protects your child, as well as others, from harm will be encouraged and supported.
- Behaviour that protects the environment or animals, objects or materials in the classroom will be encouraged and supported.
Guiding Your Child’s Behaviour
Teaching children to express negative feelings in a positive manner.
Children are encouraged to use words instead of screaming, pinching or hitting.
We stop the child if he/she is not managing a particular situation. We tell the child why we have stopped their play – e.g. you are throwing sand; then we explain what they should be doing – i.e. sand is for digging, so we use the shovel to fill the pail.
We bend down or kneel so we are at the eye level to the child. Any discipline situations are personal and are only between the teacher and the child involved.
If the child has done something to harm another child, we explain what they have done in terms of feelings – i.e. you have hurt Johnny, pinching him has hurt him. You have made him sad.
We explain to the child how to handle the situation acceptably – i.e. ask Susie if you can play with the ball or ask if you can play with her so that you can share.
If the situation lends itself to removing the child from his/her surroundings for a short while then we do so, or we explain why we are removing the child from the situation.
If we see that the child is not able to manage, we redirect them to something they will be content with. Redirection is often the best technique to use.
We include the child and use praise liberally for things he does properly.
We encourage children to express their feelings verbally – i.e. “I don’t like that”, “I like you”, etc. We realize this age group is going through a transitional period from parallel play to social and group play. They are learning what feelings are all about and what it is like to have a conscience.
It is important to give choices only where he/she can make a definite decision.
Respecting and understanding the child’s feelings in any situation is very important.
Children enrolled in the program MUST BE toilet trained as the room is not set up for diaper changing.
Monthly Calendars and Newsletters
Spontaneity and flexibility are important in our program so there may be times when the scheduled event is postponed or cancelled to allow for another activity to occur that will enhance the program and your child’s experience.
Your Child’s Birthday
Field Trips and Special Guests
School Fees, Cancellations and Refunds
If you wish to withdraw your child from the program, you must give one full month (30 days) notice in writing to the Kitsilano Community Centre office and the preschool supervisor. Your remaining post-dated cheques will be returned to you.
If your child is allergic to ANY foods, please inform us so that we can keep a record of it. Although healthy snacks are encouraged, we do make exceptions for birthdays and special events.
Since some children suffer from serious allergic reactions to certain foods –i.e. nuts, – we would appreciate if they are not included in your choice for snack at preschool. We strive to be a “nut-free” classroom.
A Day In The Life Of Your Preschooler
Free Play – Including planned art, science, cooking and math activities
Clean-Up – Song “Time to Put the Toys Away”
Wash Up Routine – Song “Come On Everybody and Wash Your Hands”
Snack Time – Transition song “Hungry, Hungry, I am Hungry”
Quiet Time & Books – Song “Come On Everybody and Sit Right Down”
Circle Time – Song “Time to Put the Toys Away so We Can Have Our Circle”
Outdoor Play (weather permitting) – Song “It’s Time to Line Up”
Good Bye Circle – Song “The Goodbye Train is Coming”
About Your Child’s Health
What Should My Child Wear to Preschool?
Dropping Off & Picking Up Your Child
Children will be dismissed from inside the classroom and will leave on arrival of the parent or a designated pick up person. Please be punctual when picking up your child. Many children become anxious if they are not picked up at the same time as the others. If you will be delayed, please advise us at 604-257-6993. If your child is to be picked up by someone else, please inform the staff and sign the “Pick up Sheet.” Please also tell your child who will be picking them up. Your child will not be dismissed if you have not informed us of alternative pick up arrangements.
Please be on time. Your child is eager to see you and tell you about their day. Waiting can be really hard sometimes.
When the door is open, we ask that you stay at the door, and your child’s name will be called. Your child knows that they need to wait for you on the carpet area. This is one of the preschool’s safety rules.