The Beaches Co-operative Playschool is a great option for families who are looking for more involvement in their child’s early education. Here’s why we stand apart from other preschools in East York and the Beaches area:
Family is always welcome to participate at school, and caregivers can often be seen spending time in the classroom
Parental participation is central to the school, from daily circle time to roles within the co-operative community
Family-led separation is a cornerstone of our philosophy, allowing the child and caregiver to transition at their own pace
Play-based learning enables learning AND lets kids be kids
Our teachers are qualified, well educated and compassionate educators
Don't just take our word for it... here is what some of our families say about our great school.
We switched to BCP a few weeks into the school year last fall, from a more “traditional” preschool. My daughter seemed to have quite a lot of trouble fitting in with the teachers/program at the other school, according to the head teacher; however, since we would just drop our kids off and they would disappear into the classroom until the end of the school day, I never got to see firsthand what her issues/challenges were. Happily, from our first day at BCP I was encouraged to stay and be involved in my daughter’s preschool education.
When we first started, it offered the best possible opportunity for me (the mom) to slowly pull away, allowing him the chance to adjust to being away from me (which he hadn’t experienced before). My son looks forward to going to playschool everyday, and speaks of the teachers, students, and the students’ parents fondly.
The play-based curriculum fits perfectly with our family’s belief in experiential learning. And the family-led separation and family participation was also important since we were new to the area, with no support system. Thus my daughter’s attachment was very strong and a traditional drop-off would have been very difficult for us (and for any teachers involved).