Registered Preschool

Registration

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, registration for all Fall 2020 Preschool programs will proceed as a lottery draw.

  • Lottery Draw will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. With facility closures due to COVID-19, and to respect physical distancing protocols, the lottery will not be held in-person. Instead, it will be completed by City Centre Community Association staff to ensure transparency and accuracy
  • Names will be chosen randomly. When all names have been drawn and compiled to a numbered list, participants will be notified by phone and/or email. Families will be offered a choice of available spaces. If no preferred space is available, names will be waitlisted in the order they were drawn.
  • Once notified, participants will have 24 hours to respond. If we have not heard back from a family, their position will be forfeited and we will move on to the next name on the list. Only after a client accepts or declines a space, will the next lottery draw be contacted.
  • As of 11:00am on Monday, May 11, 2020, you will be able to access a link to our lottery ballot form on our City of Richmond preschool website or it can be downloaded below.
  • Download, print, fill out, and email the form back to iziegler@richmond.ca no later than 11:59pm on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we conduct our Fall 2020 Preschool registration. We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to being in touch soon!   

Learn more about our Registered Preschool programs, including fees and registration information.

Preschool Families

For our families with children currently enrolled in our preschool, visit our private Preschool Families page to see photos and videos of this year!

Circle of Friends Licensed Preschool

Circle of Friends preschool is designed to enhance children’s development in all areas of growth. We provide opportunities for social interaction, physical activities, artistic expression, and hands-on exploration. Through these experiences, children will learn to share, take turns, and listen to each other and respect other’s ideas. 

The goal is for children to become independent, build self-esteem and acquire the skills to succeed in Kindergarten. We encourage children’s curiosity, creativity and imagination. In addition we introduce academics such as language and numeracy. A strong emphasis on physical literacy is also part of the program. To further enrich the children’s learning, the preschool will attend field trips, explore our community, and participate in seasonal celebrations.

Time for Twos

In Time for Twos, children have the opportunity to socialize and participate in group activities. Children will build skills through songs, stories, music, and movement activities. Our program prepares children to have successful interactions with their peers such as taking turns and sharing. This helps to ease the transition to preschool.

In addition the children will have the opportunity to practice throwing, jumping, and balancing. These activities help with the development of children’s large muscles (gross-motor skills). The Time for Twos programs has gradual entry approach. Program entry may require parent participation until your child is comfortable in the preschool setting.

Our Philosophy

Our preschool programs are designed to develop the whole child. We support children to grow intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally, and cognitively. We provide a positive and encouraging learning environment. In this space, children of various cultures and backgrounds share and learn about each other and the world around them.

We believe children learn most effectively through play, using all their senses to explore and experiment. Children understand the world around them their sense of wonder and curiosity.

We believe that children are capable of constructing their own learning. This has led us to experiment with some ideas and approaches of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. This philosophy believes that children are capable individuals who use many languages to express themselves. It sees the environment children interact with as being a third teacher.

We believe that each child is unique. They learn, develop, interact, and play in individual ways. They have the right to a safe and secure environment where they are free to express themselves and explore with all their senses. We believe each child should have the opportunity to reach their potential. Our role as caring, supportive teachers includes preparing the environment with open-ended materials for the children to explore, according to their level of development and interest. We strive to maximize each child’s learning potential.

Our goal is to provide a safe nurturing environment for children that fosters social, intellectual, physical, emotional, and language development. We hope to foster love and respect for nature and the environment. Spending time outdoors will allow the children to discover and connect with the wonders around them. Through these interactions, the children will learn about seasons, flowers, trees, bugs, and more.

Financial Assistance for Child Care 

A child care subsidy or allowance is available to help low income families in B.C. with the cost of child care. Our Circle of Friends Preschool Program is a Licensed Preschool. Participants can apply for Child Care Subsidy from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

You may be eligible to receive full or partial subsidy based on your family’s circumstances. To learn more, please contact us at 604-204-8588.

Our Staff

Our Staff are licensed Early Childhood Educators. They are required to maintain current First Aid certificates and police record checks. In addition, staff are also required to keep up to date with the latest findings in child development and education through professional development opportunities.

For information about program content, please contact Ines Ziegler, Preschool Coordinator at iziegler@richmond.ca or Julie Sousa, Preschool Administrator at jsousa@richmond.ca.

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