PreSchool and PrePrimary Programme

The PreSchool and PrePrimary classroom has been thoughtfully arranged to promote educational play-based learning and independence. Our integrated curriculum covers all areas of learning in an interactive manner. The rich learning environment is created through Jolly Phonics, math connections in science and art, singing, creative activities and lots of outdoor play. Each day is a balance of teacher and child led experiences, in combination with group activities. Parental involvement and experiences that promote interactions between children, the school, and the community are part of our daily practice.

The program runs from Monday to Friday from 8:00am-3:10 pm for full-day students with after school programming from 3:10-5:30p.m.

The students in our class range from 3-5 years of age. There are two distinct developmentally appropriate curricula for both the Preschool and PrePrimary aged students. These programmes are the foundation of the school, are consistent with the Armbrae curriculum, and prepare the students for their Primary year.


PreSchool and PrePrimary Director

Rebecca Cornick holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Psychology from Ottawa University, Qualified Teacher Status from School Centred Initial Teacher Training in England, an internationally recognized Montessori Primary Teaching Diploma from the Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia and an Early Child Education Certificate, Level 3.

Preschool/PrePrimary Teachers 2020-2021

Erin MacDonald, Early Childhood Education Diploma, Level 2

Jaime Diaz, Early Childhood Education Diploma, Level 2

Cherise Thompson, Early Childhood Education Diploma, Level 2 and French Teacher


Typical Day

A typical day in the Preschool and PrePrimary classroom consists of free play activities, group discussions, specialist subjects, small group educational centres and outdoor play.

The decision to admit a student or not is determined by: The applicant having satisfied the academic requirements of Armbrae through the entrance assessment and prior scholastic achievements. The applicant having demonstrated a positive attitude towards the standards of dress, discipline, and philosophy required by Armbrae The receipt of school reports for the last two years and contact information for the child’s current school, including the name of the Principal and current teacher. When a student has been admitted, a place may be offered depending upon the availability of space in the grade. Priority may be given to an applicant who has siblings at Armbrae or is the child of an alumnus or alumna or faculty. If there is no space in the grade, the student will be placed on a wait list. Admission does not guarantee that a place will ultimately be offered. If one is offered, however, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $1000.00 must be paid. Places offered to successful applicants will not be secured until the tuition deposit has been paid. The $1000 deposit will be deducted from the first term's fees, but the full $1000.00 is non-refundable if the applicant subsequently withdraws.

A Typical Day in PreSchool and PrePrimary

8:00-8:35 Students arrive and are welcomed at the back door of the classroom
8:35-9:05 Free Play - explore the classroom
9:05-9:30 Circle Time, Group Discussion
9:30-10:30 Educational Centres with Teachers and Peer Snack Time
10:30-11:00 Physical Education, Library Class, French Instruction or Music Class
11:05-12:00 Outside Play, Explore the Armbrae Woods
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Story time
1:00-1:45 Restime
2:00-2:15 Circle Time, Group Discussion
2:15-3:00 Outside Play, Explore the Armbrae Woods
3:00-3:30 After school programming: Individual Work Time
3:30- 4:00 Snack Time and Storytime
4:00-5:30 Free Play-explore the classroom materials


To learn more about Armbrae Academy please Email Suzanne Morrison or call directly 902-830-1418