Jack and Jill Preschool has been a staple of the Sunshine Coast community for over 50 years. Generations of Sunshine Coast residents take pride in being alumni of Jack and Jill, a chapter of life that brings early childhood and parent education together, forming life long friendships, year after year.
We follow the B.C.’s Early Learning Framework, which establishes a vision for respectfully living and learning together.
We are an inclusion Preschool, where all teachers and enrolled families are welcoming of all peoples from/with different cultures, lifestyles, opinions, and abilities.
Our preschool is an Early Childhood Education Centre that offer two age based classes.
• A 3 year old Class held on Monday and Wednesday from 9:15am-12:15pm (3 hours long)
• A 4 year old Class held on Tuesday and Thursday 9:15am – 1:15pm (4 hours long)
. At Jack and Jill, each class type follows a routine suitable for that age group. Each day, different activities are set out inside or outdoors, to challenge a child to build their age appropriate skills and to achieve milestones in areas of: physical growth, cognitive development, emotional and social development, language development, sensory and motor development. Play is the focus of our program, as through play, a child forms their first interpersonal interactions and develop important social skills related to empathy, cooperation, conflict resolution, and self-control, which will be used throughout life to maintain healthy relationships with others. Academics are lightly introduced in our 4’s Class.
Registering and enrolling in one of our classes means you are committing to be be enrolled for the school year. Our teachers are hired based on our September enrollment, with a school year contract.
Our preschool is run as a Non-Profit Society, who follow our own Constitution and Bylaws and the BC Societies Act. Our Teachers manage the day to day operations/Administration of our school. When families enrolled their child in our school, the become a member of our Non-profit Society. Members cease to be members at the end of each school year, unless their child is already enrolled in the next school year. Members are required to “vote in” Executives, approve Budgets and make group decisions on major capital expenses or changes to the school at our Annual General Meeting. Executives(Directors) fulfill the Non-profit requirements of the Society.
We are a Parent Participation/Involvement Preschool, which means each family/parent is involved in the school in some way, by being on our Executive or taking a job on the Schools job list (such as laundry, indoor or outdoor maintenance, weeding, lawn mowing, composting, fundraising) which helps our teachers with the maintaining of our school. Parents are also encouraged to engage with our Teachers on learning what Developmental Milestones their child is achieving, to discuss behaviour questions or frustrations they are having, thru daily conversation and thru our parent education opportunities.
And finally, we see teachers and membership, as our own community of families, where when we get together, we can respectfully share experiences, ideas, stories, achievements or be a sounding board, for each other. These connections are vital to the formation of healthy, family relationships, friendships and can be a life line for many.