Pre-nursery/Pré-maternelle (1-3)

Our pre-nursery section welcomes children in two age groups 13 months to 2 years and 2 years to 3 years. The learning environment is designed to be fluid, engaging and intentional. Discovery provides an environment for the child to gain independence, self respect and respect for others, language skills, potty learning skills and an opportunity to fine tune all of their senses.

The children participate in  story time, sensorial activities, toddler math manipulatives, arts, movement, sand/flour explorations and other hands-on activities. Discovery teachers provide a calm, peaceful environment with tender care and love for all of the children in order to provide the best learning environment during this sensitive period of development. Practical life activities in the classroom are given to aid in the child’s intellect, will, and movement and to aid the child in his path to independence.

Our pre-nursery program also appropriately accommodates the very young child’s sensitive period for language by offering creative and intriguing concepts to expand their growing vocabularies. Joining conversations, listening to stories, classifying objects and learning songs and poems all nurture their budding language skills.

To help smooth their initial social interactions, the children also learn to use words for the feelings they experience in themselves and others. Many of the activities in the toddler program highlight the self–help skills that lead to independence. Children are gently urged to hang up their own coats and aprons and to solve a problem rather than say, “I can’t”. Since this is an age of very strong imitation, the teachers constantly model appropriate social skills, good manners and consideration of others.

Through song, dance and freedom of choice, the toddlers have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl or skip. These exercises, as well as creative art activities, are offered for each child to choose. This freedom in a safe space is crucial to the toddler program. However it is always tempered by two important limits that will be beneficial for a lifetime — respect for others and respect for the environment.

Structure intermédiaire entre la famille et l’école maternelle, ce Centre d’éveil a pour objectif de faciliter l’éveil progressif de l’enfant, de favoriser sa socialisation, son autonomie et sa préparation à la scolarisation par le biais d’échanges, de jeux, d’activités ludiques, éducatives et des ateliers de motricité.

Ainsi, l’enfant joue une grande partie du temps, alternant avec des temps d’apprentissages et tout cela dans une atmosphère de douceur et de tendresse.

De plus les enfants y sont initiés à l’anglais sous des formes diverses.

Nous y accueillons les enfants :

  • De 13 mois à moins de 2 ans
  • De plus de 2 ans à moins de 3 ans en classe de Toute Petite Section (TPS).