PLAYSCHOOL

Spaces still available for the 2019-20 School Year!

Small Hands, Great Treasures Playschool

Our playschool is a quality, licensed, play-based playschool within a Christian environment, serving the families of the community for 18 years

We believe our program meets the needs of the whole child by combining an intentional balance between indoor and outdoor play, structured and whole group experiences.

“Both of our daughters attended this playschool and we have nothing but positive feedback for the program and teachers. Our girls both enjoyed playschool very much and the teachers and support staff are all wonderful. I would certainly recommend this playschool for anyone looking to put their child in a preschool program.” - Alice

We Believe

  • Engaging in play is the way children develop in all areas...cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally

  • Through play, children learn how to think creatively, how to test out their own ideas and how to problem solve

  • When children play, they are always developing new skills…from gross motor skills during outdoor play, to fine motor skills when holding a crayon to do art  

There is a wide body of evidence-based research that supports that play is an excellent way for children in the 3-5 year-old age group to learn.

What to Expect

  • A caring environment where your child will thrive

  • Teachers who work hard to develop an atmosphere of discovery and exploration

  • Small class sizes, snack included

  • Early literacy and numeracy development through structured and independent activities

  • Further development of language through peer interaction and listening and responding to staff

  • Activity areas that change monthly

  • A full-size gym

  • A fenced, outdoor play area

  • Special events throughout the year (i.e. “Meet the Teacher” night, Mother’s Day Tea,4 Year-Old Graduation)

  • We observe Christmas and Easter, however our curriculum is not faith-based

Note: Parent volunteers are welcome (police checks required).

The Role of Families

We understand that you know your child best as you are their first and life-long teacher. Therefore, we are excited to partner with you to create positive experiences both at home and at school through ongoing communication and cooperation.

Registration

A non-refundable registration fee ($50) for new students or ($30) for returning students is due when you register your child

  • Children must be fully toilet-trained (no pull-ups) by the start of the program and have some knowledge of spoken English

Three Year Old Class 

If your child will be 3 years old by October 15, 2019 (this date is firm), they may enroll in our 3 year-old program

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 - 11:45 AM

  • Cost: Only $165.00/month!

Four Year Old Class 

If your child will be 4 years old by December 31, 2019 (this date is firm), they may enroll in our 4 year-old program

  • When: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:30 - 11:45 AM

  • Cost: Only $190.00/month!

Our Staff

Director

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Mrs. Sloan

Hayley was born in North Wales and immigrated to Canada as a child. She attended Wilfrid Laurier University and then earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. She worked as an elementary and special education teacher with a focus on literacy development.

Hayley has recenlty relocated to Calgary with her husband and two children. She is very excited about her role as Director of Small Hands, Great Treasures and is looking forward to meeting all the families of the playschool.

Teachers

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Mrs. Louie

Mrs. Louie was raised in Calgary and graduated from U of C in Education. Upon graduation, she moved to Vancouver and taught elementary school for a number of years. Her family returned to Calgary where she taught ESL at the YWCA. She also worked casually in Perinatal Education for AHS while raising three young children.

Mrs. Louie feels privileged to have had varied experiences in the broad field of education. She is delighted to be back again for another year of teaching at the playschool.

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Mrs. Nielsen

Mrs.Nielsen grew up on a farm just outside of Lethbridge, but has lived in Calgary for the last 16 years. Most of her education experience has been in the early elementary years and she has taught at a different private schools here in the city.

Mrs. Nielsen is excited to be teaching at Small Hands, Great Treasures and is looking forward to seeing the growth in each child that comes into the classroom.

Teacher Assistant

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Caroline Felker

We are so happy to have Mrs.Caroline joining our playschool again this year! She has 14 years’ experience working with preschool children and has her Child Development Assistant certification.

She and her husband have two wonderful daughters. She enjoys music, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.

My daughter absolutely loves the preschool. She has great admiration and respect for her teachers. She wishes she could go to school there every day! I would highly recommend the preschool as it is an open, warm and kind environment for children to learn and grow.
— Emily
Ahoy Matey
Both of our daughters attended this playschool and we have nothing but positive feedback for the program and teachers. Our girls both enjoyed playschool very much and the teachers and support staff are all wonderful. I would certainly recommend this playschool for anyone looking to put their child in a preschool program.
— Alice

To find out more, book a tour, or to register, call the office at (403) 249-8605 or e-mail playschool@bethanychapel.com.

Find us on Facebook and on Instagram at shgt_playschool.

Looking for a staff member's e-mail or extension? Please see our staff page.