Frequently asked Questions
- What makes Educare different from other preschools?
- What are the requirements for my child to attend Educare?
- How many classes are there and what are the hours?
- What are the fees?
- Are there duty days?
- What is expected of the parents?
- How many children per class?
- How many teachers per class?
- What is your policy on timeouts?
- I am on the waiting list, when will I get a call for registration?
1. What makes Educare different from other preschools?
Educare is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on early literacy intervention and language development. Educare also consists of many components: An Early Childhood Development Program, Speech-Language program, Family Literacy Program, Program Enhancement, Family Resource Program, Rock-a-Tots Music Program, a Gross Motor Skills Program, and a Sensory Integration Program. See our Components page for more details.
2. What are the requirements for my child to attend Educare?
Children must be 3 years old, potty trained, and fully immunized.
3. How many classes are there and what are the hours?
There are 3 classes:
- 2 day program that runs Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:20 am – 12:00 pm
- 3 day program that runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:20 am – 12:00 pm
- 4 day program that runs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 12:50 pm – 3:30 pm.
4. What are the fees?
- 2 day is $170 (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:20-12)
- 3 day is $200 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:20-12)
- 4 day is $250 (Monday thru Thursday 12:50-3:30)
Fees are paid Monthly with post-dated cheques given at the time of registration.
There is also a $300 non-refundable registration fee.
Educare offers financial assistance to families who qualify.
5. Are there duty days?
No. Educare does not have duty days; however, parents are welcome to stay and enjoy their child’s preschool experience anytime.
6. What is expected of the parents?
Parents are expected to commit to one casino shift, two fundraising efforts, and parent committee duty that requires 100% commitment but very little volunteer hours.
7. How many children per class?
8. How many teachers per class?
Educare employs 4 full-time teachers including a Family Resource Coordinator and a part time Speech and Language Pathologist.
9. What is your policy on timeouts?
Educare’s policy is to treat children with respect; therefore, they are spoken to clearly, calmly and quietly. All rules are introduced gradually so there is no confusion.
Children are expected to follow some basic classroom rules:
- Speak with an indoor voice
- Touch others in appropriate ways
- Care for personal belongings and all properties of Educare
- Walk in the hallways and in the classroom
- Express feelings in socially acceptable ways
The teacher will emphasize cooperation among the children, remind the children to use their manners and encourage the children to treat people with dignity and respect.
Teachers also re-enforce positive behavior at the first opportunity by verbal expression, facial expression, and a thumbs up. A visual clock is used during a quiet-activity re-direction; this is kept short in duration and not often implemented.
There is no corporal punishment allowed at Educare by a teacher or a parent. If a child misbehaves, the teacher will speak to the child quietly about rules and the consequences of misbehavior. The child has the choice to stop the behavior and continue with the activity or to be directed to a different activity chosen by the teacher. If the child continues to be uncooperative, it will be assumed that he/she has chosen to be directed by the teacher. A child may be asked to serve a “time out” – a quiet activity away from the rest of the group. Choices are no longer available until the child assures the teacher that the misbehavior will not continue. The child may choose to join the group again when the child feels he/she is ready.
10. I am on the waiting list, when will I get a call for registration?
If your child is eligible to attend in September (see 2. Requirements above) the administrative assistant starts making phone calls in April to start the registration process.