Choosing a preschool for your little one can be a stressful time, so to make life easy, the Herald has compiled a list of possible choices.
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Tamera North-Jalbuena, left, and Asha North decide what to eat for lunch at the Montessori Preschool Daycare on Wednesday. The school offers organic, gluten-free lunches for all its students.
For parents seeking healthy meals and an alternative to public and catholic school pedagogy, the Montessori Preschool Daycare might be for you.
Based on the teachings of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori, the school promotes emotional, physical and physiological wellness says Montessori Preschool Daycare owner Adelie North.
The school is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, and offers organic, gluten-free lunches for all its students.
“Parents have told us that they are very happy that we only feed their children natural foods,” North said.
The Montessori Preschool Daycare is currently full for the fall semester; however, North says parents can put their name on a waiting list, and they will be contacted when a vacancy becomes available.
For parents looking to immerse their preschooler in French, there are two options available in Prince Albert.
L'Ecole Des Petits is an independent preschool, offering instruction in both French and English.
“Children are like sponges when it comes to learning a second or third language, and they soak it right in,” L'Ecole Des Petits teacher administrator Jara MacFarlane said.
“By learning French, you can make more friends and feel more comfortable travelling around the world.”
The school is located through a separate entrance to Holy Cross School, and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the mornings, and from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.
L'Ecole Des Petits is still accepting students for the fall semester, but spaces are filling up fast.
Le Jardin D'Amis Preschool Co-op Ltd. also offers French and English instruction. Preschool teacher Chantal Edwards says she is looking forward to trying out their new smart board in the upcoming school year.
Classes run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday to Friday, with the option of an additional 45 minutes for parents who are unable to pick their children during the noon hour.
There is only one spot left at Le Jardin D'Amis, so parents are urged to apply soon if they would like to register for the fall semester.
One of the larger preschools in Prince Albert is the Wee Care Preschool. With 100 students, and a growing waiting list, parents should plan ahead if Wee Care Preschool is right for them.
“We actually filled up incredibly quick this year,” teacher Laurie Domoslai said.
Although the majority of instruction is in English, student will be taught some basic French, Domoslai said.
The preschool runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 12:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., and offers early morning childcare from 8 to 9 a.m. as well.
The Prince Albert Catholic School Division will be offering an additional Pre-K class for children three to four years of age at St. John’s Community School to go along with existing Pre-K classes at Turgeon, St. Michaels and St. Francis School.
Prekindergarten programs are also offered in the following Saskatchewan Rivers' schools:
Canwood Community School (306) 468-2150
John Diefenbaker School (306) 763-6031
King George Community School (306) 763-7571
Kinistino School (306) 864-2252
Princess Margaret School (306) 763-5217
Queen Mary Community School (306) 763-7672
Riverside Community School (306) 763-6495
Shellbrook Elementary School (306) 747-2588
St. Louis Community School (306) 422-8511
T.D. Michel Community School (306) 469-2128
Vincent Massey Community School (306) 763-7494
W.J. Berezowsky School (306) 763-7404
Westview Community School (306) 922-4094
Times and days of operation vary, so parents should contact the school for more specific information regarding program format.
The Daily Herald was unable to reach anyone for comment from the Prince Albert Aboriginal Headstart Preschools.