Our Program & Teachers
At A Place to Play, we offer a play-based program where children learn and have fun! There are two, three and five day programs - offered in the morning and another in the afternoon.
Morning Programs: for 2.5 - 4 year olds
The two-day program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The three-day program runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Each program has space for 16 children. A limited number of spaces are available for children 2 - 2.5 years old.
The morning programs focus on play-based learning where most of the children's time in the classroom is spent engaging in free play. Every week teachers choose a different theme to focus on, such as "emotions", "music", or "senses" and the toys, books, crafts, and activities are rotated to reflect the theme. Teachers encourage sharing, cooperation, creativity, imagination, safe play and having fun.
Healthy snacks are provided every day by the parent on duty, or in the afternoon program, by the parent on snack duty.
Every morning the class gathers for circle time that includes "show and share", where the child whose parent is on duty shares something special they've brought from home. Circle time also includes lots of fun songs and actions. From time to time special guests come to the classroom, such as a visit from a dentist during occupations week.
In addition, every day includes 30 minutes of active play in our fantastic outdoor space. In bad weather, children play inside the church's spacious gym. The school is well-equipped with many toys for active play, including tricycles, balls, tents, shovels, sleds and plasma cars.
- 9:00 - 9:15 – Arrival
- 9:15 - 10:15 – Theme-based free play and lessons, arts and crafts
- 10:15 - 10:45 – Snack and free play
- 10:45 - 11:15 – Circle Time
- 11:00 - 11:30 – Active play
- 11:15 -11:45 - Pick-up. Late pick-up is available for a fee if arranged in advance.
Afternoon Program: for 3 & 4 year olds
This is a three-day program and runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are no duty days required with this program. Instead, parents rotate through snack duty where they provide the food for snack and teachers prepare it. Parents are not required to stay in the class for snack duty.
This program is ideal for children who no longer nap or will be starting kindergarten the following year.
In addition to play-based learning, the afternoon program includes enrichment activities for older kids. Children are introduced to concepts such as the date, letter and number recognition and printing. Some science experiments are introduced, such as building a volcano. Other cognitive activities are modified to be more challenging for older children.
- 1:00 - 1:15 – Arrival
- 1:15 - 2:15 – Theme-based free play, enrichment activities such as writing in workbooks, science and math-based lessons
- 2:15 - 2:45 – Snack & free play
- 2:45 - 3:15 – Circle Time
- 3:15 - 3:45 – Active Play / Pick-up Time. Late pick-up is available for a fee if arranged in advance.
My name is Kelly. I have been a teacher at A Place to Play (APTP) since 2012. In June of 2016, I graduated from George Brown College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. I am also registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
Being a teacher at APTP is very special to me as my own daughters attended the school. Olivia attended in 2006 and Vanessa in 2008. Their experiences with APTP were nurturing, caring and supportive.
It is my passion to help guide the children through the various levels of their development as they play, explore and learn during their time at APTP. It is my privilege to be a part of their lives in this way. I enjoy the look of pride on their faces as they accomplish new goals, learn and master new skills.
My name is Dominique. I have been at a Place to Play (APTP) since 2014, and I have lived in the community for two decades. Being a dedicated mother of three children has provided me with an invaluable, hands-on experience that growing learners require.
Working with children is a responsibility that I cherish and each day anticipate with great joy. Giving back to the community and the cooperative established at APTP is both a rewarding and a satisfying experience - it enables me to celebrate the accomplishments of your child in the positive and inclusive atmosphere that APTP provides.
Being with pre-school aged children is a vocation for me. The reward of simple accomplishments over time become monumental moments of learning for both me and your child.
Our School Year
The school is open from the beginning of September to the end of June. It is closed for two weeks in December, statutory holidays, and March break. We remain open for PA days.