Learning through play
Our philosophy is “learning through play”. Through play children makes sense of the world around them. They develop cognitive and social skills while gaining confidence, and engaging in new experiences as an individual and with peers. The idea of play being children’s work is now the philosophy of many preschools.
Countryside provides a safe, stimulating environment that allows a child to learn through play. Our spacious classroom boasts well-equipped learning centres and play areas that provide fun and stimulating activities. A large open indoor area provides space for dancing, music, obstacle courses, imaginative play, or group games. Our expansive outdoor playground is the signature piece of Countryside. We are known for being outside every day of our program, rain or shine!
Our teachers follow the British Columbia Early Learning Framework, which recognizes children are active participants in their learning. Children’s experiences within their family and culture are central to their interests and learning, and learning occurs within supportive and safe environments. To find out more, contact us to connect with one of our teachers.
Catherine Kay, ECE
Catherine was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. In 1999 she made Victoria her home, and started working more formally with children. In 2007 she decided to pursue her ECE training, and began the program at Camosun College. Catherine’s love of teaching and children is fed by children’s creativity and their inquisitive approach to the surrounding world.
She has worked in a variety of settings, from one-on-one to large groups. She has worked with all ages of children, from newborn infants to teenagers. Though each age group has its perks, the preschool age is where Catherine finds her spark. Preschool-aged children have contagious, unending enthusiasm. They also have a wonderful willingness to believe in a little bit of ‘magic’ in the world.
When enjoying downtime (no easy task with three of her own children at home!), you can find Catherine knitting or puttering in the garden.
Donna Lambier, ECE
Donna came to Countryside with 33 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She moved to the peninsula in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since! Donna lives in Sidney with her husband and has two grown daughters living on the mainland.
On Mondays we offer a free community drop-in program for children under 5 and their caregivers. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we offer 2 day and 3 day preschool programs. The school is closed Friday through Sunday.
**STAY AND PLAY IS CURRENTLY NOT RUNNING DUE TO COVID 19**
Our school offers two fee schedules to suit your time and budget. Working parent or need time to dedicate to other tasks? Our drop-and-go spots might be right for you. Fees starting at $300/month. Want to get more involved in our community or looking for leadership opportunities? Choose our parent-participation program. Fees starting at $200/month.