One of the playschool philosophies is learning through play. The focus on play helps to develop social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills that will set the children on a path for successful entry into kindergarten.
An exciting component of the playschool is that children attend various community field trips throughout the year, like exploring nature, trying out yoga and gymnastics, and attending children's theatre performances!
As a parent cooperative, parents help in the classroom throughout the year, assist with toy cleaning, and take on a specific duty, such as laundry helper, field trip planner, or treasurer. They are also encouraged to attend Board Meetings!
It never occurred to me that I would become passionate about early childhood development. Motherhood, to my surprise, led me to my newest passion, teaching young children. While watching two out of three of my children flourish during their years at this precious school, I came to know what a special place Holyrood Cooperative Play School is. I wanted to be a part of it and share in the community at HCPS. A passion of mine is community, I love getting to know the people that live the closest to me; thus, I am excited to get to know the families at HCPS.
My main goal in the classroom is not only to provide a safe, loving environment for the children, but to also enrich their lives with learning while having fun and through play. I became a teacher because I love kids! I love to create and explore, to learn new things and have fun!
I look forward to teaching with Miss Julie at Holyrood Cooperative Play School.
As a mom and ballet teacher I think I understand these little beings pretty well! My oldest daughter attended Holyrood Playschool for three years, and my youngest spent two years at HCPS - I can't believe it, but now I have a sixth and eight grader! I have been the past co-director of HCPS but handed that position over and have been working as a classroom assistant for 6 years now! (Before kids!) I was a classroom assistant at Lansdowne Nursery School (for two years), and have also taught dance at Vimy Ridge Academy in the Professional dance program. In addition to being a mom, I teach ballet at Edmonton School of Ballet and am director of the Junior and Preparatory programs there working Primarily with dancers aged 3-12. I do administration for Edmonton Festival Ballet and I'm also a ballet examiner, adjudicator, and choreographer. I hold current first aid certification specializing in childcare and I also have Level 2 Childcare Assistant Certification.
I always look forward to being a regular part of the classroom. It amazes me how much pre-school aged children change and progress over the year. Miss Brenda is a wonderful, energetic teacher and I feel really blessed to get the chance to learn from her and be a part of the team.
The Holyrood Cooperative Playschool Board is comprised of the following positions represented by parents:
The Holyrood Cooperative Playschool is a program of the Holyrood Community League. As a cooperative run by parent volunteers, we employ a teacher and a teacher’s assistant, have a Board or Directors and rely on parents to help with other duties to ensure the playschool is run efficiently and effectively!
The program is for children ages 3-5 years (must be age 3 on Dec 31 of the school year), and runs out of the Holyrood Community League building located at 9411-Holyrood Road (81 St and 95 Ave) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:00am to 11:15am. Full-time and part-time attendance options are available.
The goal of the program is to provide your child with a positive environment that allows him/her to have fun, to play and through play develop social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills that will be set them on a path for successful entry into kindergarten. A unique component of our playschool is that children are exposed to a basic introduction to French language.
Each day typically begins with the reading corner, journals or letters, and the calendar! The focus on play helps to develop social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills that will be set the children on a path for successful entry into kindergarten.
The playschool organizes up to 5 fieldtrips a year for the students, with parent volunteers assisting on the day. Experiences have included trips to the Edmonton Zoo, gymnastics, John Walter Museum, and Marine Life at West Edmonton Mall.
Children get to play at new centres daily where they learn to share, play and clean-up! They also get to explore their creative side through crafts that relate to the monthly themes.
Each month focuses on a different theme and learning objectives. Themes have included seasons, friendship, cooperation, fairy tales, opposites etc.
The playschool endeavours to have the children play outside regularly (weather dependent) including tobogganing and other fun snow activities, as well as regular use of the Holyrood playground.
There are numerous family events organized throughout the year that allow parents, siblings, grandparents and others to celebrate with the children, including Halloween, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day events.
An exciting component of the playschool is that they receive a basic introduction to French language. Children learn basic French skills like counting and naming months of the year, which may build the framework for later French learning.
Holyrood Playschool has created a great start for our daughter. The teaching team fosters a welcoming environment for the kids with creative activities, song, introduction to French language, outside time and crafts. Rick & Marissa
Joining the Holyrood Cooperative Playschool community has been a great experience for our family! The teachers consistently create experiences that spark curiosity and build confidence in the students. We've watched our daughter grow in many ways throughout this year, and we feel very lucky to have such a great program in our community! Erin & James
All three of our children have been through the Holyrood Cooperative Playschool program over the last 5 years and we wouldn't have it any other way! The staff are so very caring and knowledgeable. We would recommend the program to anyone looking for a family-friendly, creative, and experience-based playschool. Jen & Ryan