Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to a number of common questions regarding our playschool. If you are unable to find the answer you’re looking for, please reach out to us through our contact page.
Can we register throughout the year?
Registration is based on a variety of priorities, after the registration day the remaining spaces are given on a first come, first served basis at the teacher’s discretion, provided we have room in the child’s age category. We generally do not accept new students after the Christmas break. For a complete list of registration dates and how registration works, please visit the Registration Page.
What is the Outdoor Nature Program?
Rosedale Playschool’s Outdoor Nature Program strives to connect the natural environment to year-round learning and playing. The children go for a nature walk nearly every class providing the opportunity to use green space to run and the trees and bushes to explore. All of your child’s senses are incorporated into learning in this active class. They’ll strengthen a connection between play and learning by keeping special Nature Journals to document their explorations.
- Outdoor literacy: Children draw or glue something from class in their journal, or draw food chains based conversations at carpet time. As spring approaches we explore plants, gardening, baby animals. We revisit topics such as insects and migration as animals begin their journey back to Calgary.
- Imaginative play: As the leaves fall in autumn and become bare in the winter, children give medicine to trees in hopes that soon it would be healthy again.
- Winter activities: Children transform into fierce animals or mountain climbers looking for the best ways up and down mountains of snow. They’re challenged to work together and help one another.
- Indoor activities: We bring the outdoors inside with unique art activities and centres for nature-based activities.
Are homemade treats allowed?
ALL FOOD THAT ENTERS THE CLASSROOM MUST BE NUT FREE. Homemade treats are allowed in your child’s snack and must be nut free.
FOR PARTIES, WHERE FOOD IS SHARED only purchased nut-free items allowed in school. Some bakeries in town are certified nut-free (e.g., Bliss Cupcakes is one).
What is required of parents when they have a child enrolled at Rosedale Playschool?
Rosedale Playschool is a community-based Playschool and depends on parents to take an active role and assist the Teachers in running the school. See the Parent Involvement page for further detail.
What age does my child have to be to start school at Rosedale Playschool?
- For the 4 year old program the student must turn 4 years old before December 31
- For the 3 year old morning class the student must turn 3 by December 31
- For the 3/4 year old afternoon class the student must turn 3 by September 1 and 4 years old by December 31
- For the outdoor program the student must turn 4 on or before September 1st. Children in kindergarten are welcome!
What are the teacher to child ratios at Rosedale Playschool?
Rosedale Playschool’s ratios are in accordance with licensing requirements and as such, our 3 year old class consists of a maximum of 18 children and our 4 year old class and our 3 and 4 year old split class consists of a maximum of 20 children. There are only eight 3 year olds allowed in the afternoon class. All classes will always operate with two teachers and a parent helper, there is often a student teacher and an aide in the class as well.
What are the requirements regarding completion of potty training before starting at Rosedale Playschool?
All children must be fully toilet trained prior to starting school. We understand that occasional accidents do happen, however, we are not equipped for diaper/pull-up changing or daily accidents. Parents need to send spare changes of clothes in the event an accident does occur during school. If there are medical reasons for pull-ups, we can discuss how to manage the situation.
Government of Alberta Subsidy?
As of 2019, The Government of Alberta no longer provides subsidy for preschool programs.