Living in one of the new neighborhoods in Sherwood Park, the playgrounds are filled with kids. Through the year, we’re always meeting new kids (and new parents) and getting the chance to chat while the kids are playing in the playground. A few of the things that always comes up are; things to do with the kids, childcare and preschool. I’ve teamed up with Mindful Moments, to share some information about the programming.
Mindful Moments Preschool & Before/After School Care
Mindful Moments opened in Sherwood Park in September 2013. It offers a unique program that includes three different spaces for the children – an activity room, play room and gym, providing plenty of space for kids to learn and grow.
Tip: All of the current staff at Mindful Moments have a teaching degree from the University of Alberta or an Early Childhood Education Diploma.
The preschool is based on a learning through play philosophy and offers a natural looking play space that is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy. There are five different class options to choose from for children 2.5 – 5 years of age. One of the unique offerings at Mindful Moments is the enrichment activities. The children are offered music lessons through Toadstool Music and also get taught yoga and dance. The children also enjoy monthly field trips or special guests.
The before/after school program offers the children a variety of fun programmed activities and also has a strong focus on recreation (just check out that traverse wall).
Conveniently, the centre is open during PD Days, school breaks and is also open through the summer. On these non-school days the children enjoy a variety of field trips and visits to the nearby playgrounds. I love the fact that summer and PD Day care are available in such a fantastic space.
During the school year, transportation is available through EIPS bussing. The program is fully accredited through AELCS and is heavily based on the in the strong voice of the children’s interests.
For parents searching for a preschool or a before and after school care program, Mindful Moments is hosting an open house, on January 28th and registration is available as early as January 15th.
Coming Soon: Montessori Preschool Program
The owner of Mindful Moments will soon be opening a home based authentic Montessori program for children ages 3-5. The class room is still being designed but you can get on the mailing list for more information, and take part in the open house to be scheduled in March after the classroom has been finalized. The program will be the first Montessori Preschool in Sherwood Park, and provides a local option for parents seeking the Montessori learning route.