Regular Program

Class times

Mornings Mon through Fri           (9:15-11:45 am)
Afternoons Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri  (1:15-3:45 pm)

Our regular program offers classes which have children from 2½ - 5 years of age. Children younger than 3 years old can only attend morning classes. A mixed age classroom allows children at different ages to learn from each other, and reduces conflict between children of the same age.

At Strathcona Nursery School we have carefully designed our program to support and enhance children's experiences of "learning through play". We value the importance of play because play is the children's language, and through play they make sense of their world. Play is the children's work. Children learn best when they are actively engaged with material that stimulates their senses. This, in turn, promotes brain development. Learning and play cannot be separated; they occur simultaneously. The child's experience is "the learning process". "Learning through play" enhances the growth and development of the whole child, which includes their physical, social and cognitive development. Physical development includes large and small muscle development, and their senses: hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell. Children benefit from being a part of a consistent play environment, where they can meet regularly with the same group and have time to develop their relationships with one another and learn about themselves.

4+ Year-Old Enriched Program (only for 2017 - 2018)

Class times

Mornings Wed & Fri (9:15-11:45 am)
Afternoons Wed & Fri (1:15-3:45 pm)

The 4-year-old enriched program is offered on Wednesday and Friday. It is designed to offer the 4 year olds a more challenging environment. We focus on developing the children's readiness skills for kindergarten. The children play co-operative games during their outdoor time, and the art projects are more focused to help children develop their fine motor skills. The main benefit for the 4 year old is the friendships they form and the beautiful co-operative play that develops between them. The 4 year olds grow a tremendous amount in their social skills because they begin to play together in large groupings of 5 or 6 children. Socialization, and developing a strong sense of self are the most important pre-kindergarten skills that children can have. We organize field trips periodically throughout the year to offer a variety of different learning opportunities, and exciting experiences.

Typical Nursery School Day

  • 30 minutes outside play (weather permitting)
  • Free choice at centres.
  • Group centre - includes conversation, stories, songs, finger plays, games, or calendar
  • Snack time
  • Free choice play
  • Final group centre - includes music, songs, dancing and games
  • Dismissal

Strathcona Nursery School, 8530 101 St., 780 432-9226   |