GOLDEN EARS PRESCHOOL IS CLOSING
Golden Ears Preschool will be closing permanently. As such our September classes will not be taking place.
This was not an easy decision made by the board. Due to the closure imposed due to COVID-19 in March our fiscal situation will not support us come September. As well our registration is not at a level that would enable us to be financially viable going forward.
Parents of existing students will receive a letter as well as refund of their registration fees.
We wish to thank every parent, student and board member of the last 32 years. Golden Ears Preschool was a special place that made lasting connections. It served multiple generations of students and even had students return to do their ECE practicums here. We will miss serving Maple Ridge’s children.
The Association would especially like to thank the dedicated teachers who provided such amazing care, compassion and instruction to the students who were lucky enough to know you over the past three decades. You will all be missed!
GEPA Board of Directors
The programs offered at Golden Ears Preschool are all designed for children 3-4 years of age. These programs explore a variety of areas including art, music and movement, science and nature, language and literature, drama, cooking and indoor/outdoor activities.
Golden Ears Preschool offers an environment for children that is stimulating, loving, supportive and non-pressured, thus enabling a child to explore the world at his or her own pace through self-directed play. The daily schedule also reflects the developmental needs for young children to have a balance of active/quiet play, large motor/fine motor, cognitive/social and structured/unstructured activities.
We believe that children learn through play and that play is essential for ever facet of a preschooler’s development. Children learn through active involvement in play, using all their senses; through doing things to and with materials, through representing concepts in play, rehearsing roles and thus clarifying them.
Children test out, explore, discover, adapt, classify, organize and reorganize their experiences as they play. Play calls for initiative, imagination and purposefulness. It calls for motor skills and for social skills. Beginnings of symbolic thinking occur in play. Play with other children is considered essential for healthy personality development. Through play, children learn important social skills such as making friends, sharing, turn taking and conflict resolution. Play also serves as a catharsis for feelings and enables them to express themselves in a safe environment. The values of play are increased by informal guidance and a wide variety of appropriate materials and equipment, as well as by a provision for space and uninterrupted time.
Our Teaching Staff
Our teaching staff consists of two fully qualified Early Childhood Educators, for each class of 20 students. Staff members have valid first aid/CPR certificates and current criminal record checks. Our staff members continue to upgrade their skills with ongoing professional development.