The Burnaby French Language Preschool recognizes the immense value of play in fostering a young child’s development and the benefits of learning through play. It also strongly encourages the involvement of parents in their children’s preschool experiences. The overall objective of this preschool is to provide a happy, safe and stimulating play and social environment for young preschoolers to experience the joys of a creative childhood while developing their self-confidence as well as an increasing awareness and familiarization with the use of the French Language at a young age.
In July of 1975, a group of interested parents incorporated a society under the name Burnaby French Language Playschool. The aim of the society is to provide children with stimulating experiences and to introduce them to the French Language. In 2013 the board changed the name to Burnaby French Language Preschool.
The preschool experience introduces French vocabulary and encourages learning through music, dance, free play, painting, arts, puppetry, storytelling, sand and water play. Community visits help children understand the world around them. Weather permitting the children partake in an outdoor activity session at the playground.
French is the language spoken by the teachers, while the children communicate in English and advance to spoken French as they feel comfortable. Early comprehension in French is achieved by limiting class size. Teachers are required to have a high standard of training and to enjoy working with children. Parents are encouraged to visit and talk with the teachers who are available for parent/teacher interviews on request.
3 year-old classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Morning Class: 9:15 to 11:30am
Afternoon Class*: 12:45 to 3:00pm
September 2017 Tuition**: $135/month
4 year-old classes
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Morning class: 9:15 to 11:30am
Afternoon class: 12:45 to 3:00pm
September 2017 Tuition**: $170/month
*3 year-old afternoon class is only available when there is sufficient demand and the morning class is full.
**Tuition will increase in the September 2018 school year to $150/month (3-year-old) and $180/month (4-year-old).