Program: 3s-4s (M/W/F)
Within our child-centered environment, designed for active learning through play, children are supported by their teachers to grow, create and learn at their own unique pace. Using their expert knowledge and understanding of how young children develop and learn, teachers plan and facilitate curriculum and routines based on the children's interests and abilities. In order to develop self-esteem and social competence, children are encouraged to help themselves, take initiative, and become increasingly independent. Teachers provide children with a framework for problem solving while teaching and supporting conflict resolution skills
Throughout the morning children explore and learn through play in both their indoor and outdoor classrooms. Children actively participate in their learning process by choosing from a variety of meaningful and hands-on learning activities:
- Water & Sand Play
- Dramatic Play
- Large & Small Block Play
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm
- Must be 3-years old by September 1st
- Child/Adult ratio of 5:1
- 3 head teachers, 3 parents, 30 children
Sample Class Schedule
9:00 Children Arrive/ Inside Play
9:15 Greeting Circle
9:30 Inside Play/Snack Opens
10:00 Outdoor Classroom Opens
11:45 Closing Circle/Small Group Time
*12:00-2:30 Lunch Bunch + Playgroup Programs (optional add-on)
Parent participation is an essential part of our school philosophy. Regularly scheduled parent participation is approximately 11 times in the 10 month school year. A limited number of reduced (50%) participation contracts are available.
In addition, all TOPS parents are required to:
- work one Saturday morning maintenance workday per year, and
- serve on the Executive Board or other parent committee.
There are also fundraising events and parent education evenings which parents are encouraged to attend.
Tuition is paid in installments: one-third is due at registration in March and the remaining two-thirds is paid in three installments billed on June 1, October 1 and January 1.
- Regular Participation - $4,700/year
- Reduced Participation - $5,150/year