Thank you for your interest in Stanley Park Rosemount Preschool!
My name is Dominika and I am currently volunteering as the President for Fall 2017. That is me in the picture with my eldest daughter when she attended SPRP a while back.
As the acting President on the Board for SPRP, I thought it would be valuable to write a post aimed at parents who may be considering preschool for their child but are unsure if it is the right decision for their family. I also thought it would be helpful to discuss the co-operative aspect of SPRP.
My Experience with SPRP
My first experience with SPRP was a few years ago when my eldest daughter attended the preschool. As a stay at home mom, I knew that I wanted to find a program that would help my daughter get ready for JK. She had been exclusively at home with me, and I wanted to start easing her into an environment where she did not have mom at her side all day. My daughter enjoyed preschool quite a lot. She had fun meeting new friends, playing outside, and going on field trips. I believe that her time at SPRP helped her transition smoothly into JK.
Two years later, it was her sister’s turn. After hearing so many stories about SPRP, she couldn’t have been more excited (and so was I!). This Fall, my youngest child will be returning to SPRP for his second time now. He enjoyed his first year with our two great teachers and he cannot wait to go back to do it again. Even during the summer holidays he has been asking when preschool will start again.
SPRP is a parent co-operative preschool, which helps to keep the costs of tuition down. It also means that parents can participate in the classroom. My in-class experience allowed me be a part of my daughters’ early education. It was a lot of fun for me to watch my girls grow and develop throughout the school year, and it was very exciting for them to have me there on those days I participated.
SPRP also has a co-operative board of directors made up of parent volunteers. This provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to play an active role in the decision that shape our preschool. When my second daughter started at SPRP in 2014, I volunteered to join the board as communications director. Two years later, I took the President role. This will be my fourth year serving on the board and it has continued to be a rewarding experience.
New Changes that happened in 2016.
SPRP will continue to be a co-opearative preschool. However, due to changes to the Day Nurseries Act which has become Child Care and Early Years Act, we started running a slightly different program in the Fall of 2016. We continue to offer non-participating and participating spots. The ratio of non-participating vs. participating spots will be higher because we have a Classroom Assistant.The role of the duty parents will be different. There will only be one duty person in the class at a time and they will help mostly with snack and cleaning. Other parents will always be welcome to visit in the classroom should they wish to.
We have a wonderful teacher. Miss K. is an experienced, dedicated ECE. She’s not afraid get down on the floor engaging the children at their level, and she always ensures that every child is heard. She is very patient with the children and aware of each child’s need.
Last Fall, we had another amazing teacher join our classroom. Mrs R joined SPRP in the Fall of 2016. Mrs R’s own children attended SPRP and now she is back working with Miss K providing nurture and care to all our preschoolers.
We are very fortunate to have such two lovely teachers in our preschool classroom.
Register for 2017/2018
SPRP offers a fun, nurturing, co-operative environment and we’d love for your family to join ours.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
2017/2018 SPRP President