Preschool + Daycare

Welcome

All of our licensed early childhood programs share the same philosophy of learning through play. Teachers nurture and provide care and education for your children, building relationships of trust and security. We believe that your children’s growing capacity for kindness and compassion, creativity and critical thinking skills are the foundation for our future.

  • Our curriculum is constructed around children’s interests
  • Multi-aged groupings invite children to move through their day based on their interests and abilities
  • Children are immersed in the richness of Jewish traditions & values
  • The arts are used as a language for learning and self-expression
  • Science, math and literacy are integrated into programs in a hands-on, age appropriate way
  • Physical activity is an important part of each day

Our Reggio Emilia Inspired Approach to Early Learning

The story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar was a catalyst for co-constructing curriculum with children in the daycare and preschool.

Children expressed their understandings, questions, ideas, and feelings through story, song, movement and art.

Our story of this long term project makes the children’s learning visible and shows them to be competent, capable and curious learners.

Read our Book

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between daycare and preschool?
The only difference is the time. Our preschool program for 3-5’s runs Monday – Friday from 8:45am – 12:30pm. and the daycares are open from 7:45am – 5:30pm. Our play-based, emergent curriculum is part of each room. Each day is a balance of activities – free choice in specially designed learning centres, teacher directed activities such as music, drama, art and science, as well as outdoor or gym time. In the past there has sometimes been a perception that children learn more in preschool than they do in daycare. Not so here! Our licensed teachers provide quality care and education for all the children in our programs whether they are here just for the morning or if they stay all day.

Does the program run through the summer?
The full day daycares, for toddlers 18 – 36 months and children 3-5 years run year round.
The preschool programs run from September – June.

How long is the waitlist?
The waitlist for the Toddler daycare is a pool of names. When one of the 12 spots becomes available, we look to see who is the right age, with member alumni and members getting first priority, moving then to non-members. The wailist for the 3-5 year olds daycares, with 36 spots in total for two rooms, is a lot more concrete. To date, most families who put their children on this waitlist get a spot.
Preschool registration happens every January and a waitlist is then begun when classes are full.

Do you have to be Jewish to attend?
The Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver welcomes families from all faiths. There is a strong emphasis on Jewish values and traditions. Holidays are celebrated through stories, songs, art, games and of course cooking. Hebrew is integrated into our daily schedule. We come together as a community each Friday for Shabbat in the JCC Atrium with family and friends. Visits to Louis Brier Seniors’ Centre and the Weinberg Residence are highlights of our inter-generational programming.

How old does my child have to be to attend a program?
For the Toddler Daycare, you child must be at least 18 months olds.
For preschool for 2’s and 3 -5’s, your child must be the appropriate age as of Dec. 31 of the year you begin.
For the 3-5 daycares, your child must be 3 when they start. There is a licensing allowance for 2 children, 30 – 36 months olds in each of the two daycares.

Do you offer part time daycare?
Our daycares are full day, 7:45 am – 5:30 pm. There may be 3, 4 or 5 day options, depending on availability.

Preschool Morning Programs

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION for SEPTEMBER 2019 will begin in January.

3-4 Year Olds

Bet Preschool (5 days)
Multi-age group
EXTENDED HOURS
Mo-Fr 8:45am-12:30pm

Bring something nutritious to share for snack and pack a lunch. This 3hr 45min program is designed with parents and children in mind.

A longer morning opens opportunities for enriched and extended learning. Whether it’s specially designed learning centers, circle time, games in the gym, trips to the JCC library and art gallery, classes in Jewish culture, music, art and science, there is something to inspire every child.

2 Year Olds

Shalom Aleph (2 days)
Mo & We 9:00am-10:30am or 11am-12:30pm
Tu & Th 9:00am-10:30am or 11am-12:30pm

Shabbat Shalom (1 day)
Fr    9:00am-10:30am or 11:00am-12:30pm

Shalom Aleph and Shabbat Shalom are specially designed for two-year-olds, and may be your child’s first experience in an early childhood environment. Parents are required to fulfill a Hishtatfoot (partnership) Day of 8 classes/year.
Max. enrollment is 12 children with two teachers and one parent to assist. Children may be registered in both Shalom Aleph and Shabbat Shalom for a three day week.

Daycare

These full day programs offer children warm and nurturing, stimulating and challenging environments rich in materials to spark imagination, curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. Teachers develop the schedule, routines and transitions of each day in response to children’s natural rhythms. Whether it’s free play—indoors and out, snack, nap/quiet time or specially scheduled sessions in art, Hebrew, music and sports, we provide a child-centered environment in these multi-aged groupings.
Daycares operate year round.

18-36 Months

Shalom B’raysheet Toddler Daycare
18-36 mo
Max 12 with 4:1 child:staff ratio
Mo-Fr 7:45am-5:30pm

3-5 Year Olds

Shalom Gan Yeladim Daycare
Max 19 with 8:1 child:staff ratio
Mo-Fr 7:45am-5:30pm

Shalom Yeladim Daycare    
Max 17 with 8:1 child:staff ratio
Mo-Fr 7:45am-5:30pm