LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
The Beaches Co-operative Playschool is a non-profit, community-focused preschool. With a play-based learning curriculum, children are invited to fully explore their innate curiosity in a safe and nurturing environment. Family-led separation is a cornerstone of the co-operative school. For 40 years, the preschool has been providing quality child care for the Toronto Beaches & East York communities.
A Modern Co-operative
As a modern co-operative, where we recognize and appreciate there is a spectrum of time and contributions families can make. We no longer require "duty days", or dedicated time spent in the classroom. The contributions to the co-op range from a few hours a month (washing toys, for instance) to a few hours a week (serving on the executive committee).
Community is important to the school, and we invite all kinds of families and welcome levels of co-operative contributions.
We switched to BCP a few weeks into the school year last fall, from a more “traditional” preschool. My daughter seemed to have quite a lot of trouble fitting in with the teachers/program at the other school, according to the head teacher; however, since we would just drop our kids off and they would disappear into the classroom until the end of the school day, I never got to see firsthand what her issues/challenges were. Happily, from our first day at BCP I was encouraged to stay and be involved in my daughter’s preschool education."
When we first started, it offered the best possible opportunity for me (the mom) to slowly pull away, allowing him the chance to adjust to being away from me (which he hadn’t experienced before). My son looks forward to going to playschool everyday, and speaks of the teachers, students, and the students’ parents fondly."
The play-based curriculum fits perfectly with our family’s belief in experiential learning. And the family-led separation and family participation was also important since we were new to the area, with no support system. Thus my daughter’s attachment was very strong and a traditional drop-off would have been very difficult for us (and for any teachers involved)."