Junior Kindergarten

What is special about our Junior Kindergarten program?

We offer a well rounded program with a emphasis on hands on learning and outdoor exploration. In addition to working towards school readiness the children enjoy many opportunities to explore and connect with nature in addition to developing their gross motor skills through physical literacy activities and free play.

We have two teachers with a max class size of 16-18. Our program focuses on the five developmental domains for the early years.

What is the cost of the program?

The program cost $200 per month. After school care in our Marmot program is an additional $220 per month for two afternoons 3-6pm, subject to availability. Marmot camps also run during school holidays.

Volunteer opportunities

Families are required to complete 4 volunteer hours per year. We have many ways for you to complete your volunteer hours such as toy washing, laundry, maintenance etc. A popular option is volunteering at our annual Fall Fair. As we have two teachers you are not required to volunteer in the classroom although you are always welcome to visit and share a passion, professional knowledge or cultural experience with our JK students. We ask for parent helpers to assist on field trips however this does not count towards volunteer hours. For more info see the JK section of the OOSC parent handbook


JK Schedule

We offer a full day program from 8.30-3pm two days a week; Mon and Weds OR Tues and Thurs. There is the option for additional after school care from 3-6 pm in our Marmot program, subject to space. We follow the ERS Kindergarten calendar and observe all school closures/holidays.

What age does my child need to be?

Children must be 4 years old by December 31st of the year they began JK to be eligible for the program.

My child will be in the Grizzly room at the Roundhouse, should they attend JK as well?

All programs run by Canmore Community Daycare are accredited which means we meet and exceed government standards of excellence ‘that reflect current research and leading practices to provide high quality child care over and above licensing regulations‘. We believe we offer a high level of program in all our classrooms, including our Grizzly (4-5 year old) room. However some children benefit from a change of environment, especially if they have been attending Daycare for a number of years. JK runs out of Elizabeth Rummel School so it is a great transition year giving children the opportunity to become familiar with a school environment. Some children love being at school with the big kids!

Who teaches the program?

Alice Conniff has been working for Canmore Daycare Society for 8 years. She is a qualified teacher with much experience teaching early childhood education. She is also the mother of two boys aged four and six. Laura Proctor works alongside Alice and currently assists with program.

How do I register for the program?

Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis, your child must be four years of age by December 31st. Please complete a Pre-Registration Form  with a $50 non refundable registration fee and return to the Roundhouse 606b-7th Avenue.