I'm aware of 4 non-profit preschools in the neighbourhood and each one has its own features. Location of course is key for most people. If you can walk to preschool so much the better. Who's attending? If your child knows other children in the class it can ease the initial separation anxiety and also make it a chance for you to connect with parents you know. Is the school "a fit" for your child and you? That's a bit more difficult to describe but you'll know it when it's there. The setting, the teachers, the other students, the routine, even the other parents all play into this.
Some key features of the WVCP program that are worth noting and that distinguish it from others:
- it has a weekly optional french program from 11:30 - 2:00 for the 3s program.
- it requires parents to assist with duty days and other co-operative responsibilities; it may be more intense than other co-ops in this regard but it may also be worth it!
- the motto is "Learning through Play" - lovely! and it's practised.