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WE ARE LOCATED AT:
6555 Grand River Dr NE Ada, MI 49301. This is ¼ mile north on Grand River off Fulton. See Map.
OUR CONTACTS ARE:
- Nicole Turchetti, Owner/ Director
- Riley Turchetti, Owner/ Business Manager
- Angie Carigon, Director
THE SCHOOL OPERATES:
9 months, regular preschool is September-May with multiple summer programs, June/July/August. We are open Monday – Friday, 8:00am- 4:00pm.
Each class is three hours.
Tuesday/Thursday morning: 8:30-11:30am
Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning: 8:30-11:30am
Tuesday/Thursday afternoon: 12:30-3:30pm
Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoon: 12:30-3:30pm
YOUNG FIVE’S SECTIONS:
Each class is three hours. Students need to be 5 or turn 5 by January 1st, 2021.
OUR COSTS ARE:
For the 9-month preschool year, $210/month for 2 days per week classes and $295/month for 3 days per week classes and $375/month for the Young 5’s program, Monday thru Thursday. Summer programs have varied costs. Also, there is a $65 annual enrollment fee (for the 9-month year) which is non-refundable and non-applicable to tuition. We do not offer scholarships.
To enroll, fill out the Online Enrollment form, and send enrollment fees by mail to school. We encourage parents to make a pre-enrollment tour to visit to inspect our facility and learn more about our program.
AGES ACCEPTED ARE:
3 – 6 years.
OUR LICENSED CAPACITY:
is 48 children. The typical small group size being 9 children for preschool, and 12 for Young 5’s.
OUR CLASS GROUPING:
is based upon developmental appropriateness as all ages 3-6 are accepted in each class for the preschool. Students need to be 5 or turn 5 by January 1st, 2021 for the Young 5’s classroom.
OUR STAFF TO CHILD RATIO IS:
at the most, 9:1 preschool, 12:1 Young 5’s.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN:
are considered and accepted on an individual basis through consultation with the Director.
is required for enrollment. Student needs to be an independent bathroom user.
CURRENT STAFF HAS BEEN WITH US:
1 – 17 years
ONGOING TRAINING FOR STAFF:
is provided through professional workshops, conferences and in-services, staff receives 16 credit hours yearly.
OUR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT:
consists of a beautiful school containing four rooms for preschool and 1 room for our Young 5’s program. We are located on 11 acres of land, which includes pastures, fields and woods. There is a large play area with a climbing unit, tires to climb and play on, swings, and oversize sandboxes. There is a barn and stable. Farm animals consist of 2 ponies, 3 cows, 5 sheep, 4 goats, 2 pigs, 1 alpaca and many chickens.
We start our day outside on the playground (weather permitting). After playground time we do an outdoor activity which may include nature hikes, large group games, animal care, horse rides and other related experiences on our spacious playground and in our barn. Once we go inside we have “Small Group” time for songs, finger plays, rhythm instruments, calendar, weather, stories, and science experiments. Small Group is also a time where the children share a story/language experience, do hands-on activities, have free play and have snack. After Small Group, we enjoy more activities outside or we have indoor Free Choice which allows the children opportunities to explore in centers, such as art, housekeeping, blocks, books, fine motor manipulatives, and science/nature. All activities are theme related.
OUR GOALS AND PHILOSOPHY:
Our program is developed and implemented based upon the belief that children learn the most from the environment in which they are placed and that their love of learning is nurtured through having positive experiences. Our goal is to provide children with these opportunities that will lead to the development of questioning, reasoning and thinking skills. We believe that learning within the community and the natural surroundings far exceeds the book/pencil experiences for this age group and that children need time to enjoy the excitement of being a child! We also believe that learning should be fun!
ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES IN CHILD MANAGEMENT:
Canterbury Creek maintains a policy of positive reinforcement and intervention. We seek to guide children in learning positive, appropriate ways to resolve conflicts and solve problems.
Children are under constant supervision. Children are released only to persons designated on the Child Information Card.
PROVISION FOR A “SICK” CHILD:
Child is cared for until parent or designee can pick him/her up.
is welcomed and encouraged through regular participation in programs. A monthly newsletter is sent home to parents highlighting the upcoming month’s themes and activities.
is made through ongoing informal observations during the school year. More formal parent/teacher conferences are scheduled in November and March.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS / SUMMER CAMP:
One week summer sessions, offering daily ½ day classes are available June through early August for ages 3 through 6. Dates will vary from summer to summer. (Registration will open on March 2nd 2020).
We thank you for your interest in our school. We urge you and your child to visit Canterbury to observe our facility and activities. We are open to visitors on a daily basis; however we do limit the number of persons who visit on any one day. Please e-mail to arrange a date and time.
Since the provisions of our State license limit the number of children enrolled in any one session, we suggest that you visit us soon so that we may better accommodate your child.