Our full day early childhood education and junior kindergarten programs go beyond the typical child care and daycare programs found throughout Canada, presenting students with every possibility to discover and challenge themselves and their potential. Children are exposed to a wide variety of subjects on a daily basis including reading, writing, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), music, physical education, visual and dramatic arts, yoga & relaxation, and culture immersion.
Our teachers have the dual role of presenting activities to the children (as they would in Montessori) and also keenly observing children and their interests, documenting those, and following the child’s lead (as they would in Reggio Emilia schools). CEFA schools also focus on teaching children to learn from any and all circumstances, and to question their learning. In teaching children how learn, CEFA hopes to build the habit of lifelong learning and curiosity.
Gradual entry is recommended for every child. It helps to make the transition between being at home and being in the classroom much smoother for the child. During your parent-teacher interview, the teacher will set up a gradual entry plan that suits both your child and your needs.
Yes, our schools are open all year round. Our programs begin in early September and run until the end of August. Since our school structure is based on the elementary school system, there are some closures throughout the year, such as spring break, and teacher professional days (two per year).
Visit a school site to receive the parent package on this site for your specific school for more information on hours, fees, etc. You can also download school schedules on each individual school page on this site.