Our Coquitlam preschool offers play-based classes for 3 and 4 year-old children. As play is the primary medium for learning, growing and communicating in the early years, our preschool strives to provide your child with multiple opportunities to discover their world through a variety of enriching experiences. Parents and teachers work together to help the children acquire fundamental skills in preparation for Kindergarten.
Parents Are Involved, Too!
Working collaboratively as a parent-involved preschool and non-profit group, the teachers and parents work together to keep the school running smoothly.
A Community Together!
Our teachers are both licensed Early Childhood Educator (ECE) developing a curriculum based on each class’s strengths and needs. We seek to nurture each child’s independence, confidence, and intellectual needs in preparation for entry into the full-time Kindergarten school system. Additionally, many families form friendships that continue into their child’s formal school years.
Baker’s Corner Preschool has been a member of the Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam community for over 40 years. For most of that time it has been run as a parent participation preschool. In recent years the amount of parent involvement required from individuals seemed to be leading to lower and lower enrollment. Hoping to save the preschool, the executive council was excited to find that the Council of Parent Participation Preschools (CPPP) had a program called “Parent Involved Preschools” which answered the time commitment concerns for all of us.
We have two young and talented new ECE-qualified teachers for our current class of 16 students. In January 2015 we added a whole new class, running Tues/Thurs. We also offer a full week preschool option. In the 2015/16 school year we will have mixed classes, 3 & 4 year olds, running with Tues/Thurs, Mon/Wed/Fri classes, as well as the full week option! In September of 2016 we are hoping to offer additional spaces with an afternoon class so please email us and see what we have available.
The differences between the old participation model and the new Parent Involved Preschool are that parents would not be required for “duty days”, all teachers/assistants hired will have ECE-qualifications, parents will only be required to attend four general meetings a year, and parent education opportunities would be voluntarily attended. Instead of a two-parent mandatory duty day, we will have a monthly sign-up sheet on which parents will sign up for a classroom participation day, usually once every two months depending on enrollment. Monthly, parents would stay after class for an extra half hour to assist with classroom clean-up. As with any parent participation school, parents will be responsible for a job within the operations of the preschool such as bookkeeping, laundry, emergency preparedness, fundraising, etc.
Our programs include a science corner, a play kitchen/dining room, a loft quiet area/reading space, a water/sand table, a large book display shelf, an art supply station, a large, handcrafted communal snack/crafting table, painting easels, puppets/puppet theatre, various toys including trains, cars, bricks, marble run, little people, dollhouse, dress up clothes, baby dolls and prams, fake food/cooking implements, puzzles, playdough, etc. We have an age-appropriate playground on the elementary school grounds, which was specially designed for preschool age children. This was funded by a grant obtained by previous Baker’s Corner parents. We are also given access to the school gym for rainy day exercise. Additionally we are lucky enough to be able to use Baker Drive Elementary’s new outdoor classroom space, that was built in 2015 on the schools upper field.
You can find our registration package for new students and the coming year here on the website. If you have a child of preschool age or know someone who does, or have any questions not answered here, please send us an email at email@example.com. We are really excited to share our new program and our new teachers with the community.