Huron Playschool Co-operative offers three separate programs - Morning, Afternoon and After School. The Playschool observes the same winter, spring and summer breaks as the Toronto public schools.
Morning (AM) Program: Full-time registration only. Monday-Friday 9:00-12 noon. The Morning Program has a maximum of 16 children supervised by one RECE professional teacher assisted by two co-operating parents or caregivers. This program is attended by children between the ages of 2.5 and 4. Early drop off (8:45 a.m.) is available for an additional fee. Sessions follow a loose routine that enables children to familiarize themselves with school life. Each session includes free play and planned activities, a circle-time with music, storytelling and movement activities, a healthy snack and outdoor play in the local park.
Afternoon Program: Full-time (5 days/week) or part-time (3 days/week or 2 days/week). This program runs from the end of the Morning Program to 3:00 p.m. It offers a longer day for children enrolled in the morning program. The program is supervised by one RECE professional teacher and a second qualified staff member or a parent. There are a maximum of 8 children in this program. This program includes outdoor play in the local park, supervised lunch (children eat lunches from home), a rest period (or naps for those who need it), and planned activities and free play. The program ends with a group time.
After School Program: Full-time (5 days/week) or part-time (3 days/week or 2 days/week). This program is for JK/SK and Grade 1 and 2 children. The maximum enrolment is 20. The program is supervised by one RECE professional teacher and either an assistant or a parent. There is an escort from Huron Public school classes at dismissal (3:30) to Playschool. The program includes outdoor play at a local park, a snack and planned activities. Activities are planned daily, and there are many age appropriate activities and materials children can choose from. Children from the afternoon program who are 3 years old may join this program.
Children may be enrolled in any two programs (but not three). In all programs children are encouraged to care for each other and their environment, play cooperatively, develop their independence, and communicate their needs and interests. Programs are enhanced by regular visits and excursions. This includes a weekly movement and music class in the morning program, and visits from science educators, animal handlers and others. Regular field trips include outings to libraries, museums, parks and special events.
A typical Session
Sessions follow a loose routine that enables children to familiarize themselves with school life. A session includes the following.
- Free play and a organized creative activity
- Circle time includes storytelling, music, singing and movement activities.
- Snack time where children sit together with adults and enjoy a healthy snack.
- Free play and bathroom time.
- Outdoor play in Washington Park (weather permitting) or a story and free play.
During their time at Playschool the children are encouraged to care for each other and their environment, play cooperatively and communicate their needs and interests and develop independence.
The daily program is enriched by regular visits and excursions. This includes a weekly creative music/movement class taught by an early childhood music specialist, and visits from science educators, animal handlers and others. Regular field trips include visits to community organizations, museums, galleries and parks.