Parents, teachers and children are all equal players and integral components in the operation of this program. Our objective is to provide opportunities for each participant to meet their needs and develop their potential.
Throughout the years, First Discoveries Preschool has been a strong advocate for the rights of children, regardless of abilities, and as such, we offer an inclusive program that welcomes children with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Our school is wheelchair accessible. We could not do it without the support of educational partners, like Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton (Maier Centre), Centre for Autism Services Alberta, GRIT, Over The Rainbow, Community Options and CASA to name a few. We are also sensitive to students whose home language is not English.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
It is a child’s natural way of making sense of the surrounding world.
By providing a supportive and engaging learning environment, play experiences offer ample opportunities to observe, explore, manipulate, test and retest theories and make predictions, tools necessary for whole child development. Firsthand social interactions are the conduit to express feelings, develop confidence and resilience and discover their bodies and capabilities, thus giving them a sense of accomplishment and self-fulfillment.
At First Discoveries Preschool, children are appreciated for their individuality and our inclusive program reflects the needs of children and their families. The program explores seasonal changes and calendar holidays, and often spontaneous activities based on observations of children’s interests, making our daily activities more child-guided than adult directed. These are delivered through creative art materials and mediums, stories, songs, finger plays, music and movement, dramatic play, baking and group discussions. Math and Science are naturally incorporated into our daily experiences. The role of the staff is to provide a respectful, safe and nurturing environment that promotes cognitive and social emotional skills necessary for later academic success.