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11 Feb, 2013

A note from Fishbowl patron, the Soloway JCC Ganon Preschool

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Ottawa

I know a lot of Fishbowl readers are on the lookout for great childcare options here in Ottawa. That’s why I wanted to share this information with you from Fishbowl patron, Ganon Preschool. Selecting the right preschool for your children is a huge decision, and it can be so daunting too. I remember those days, and how stressful it is not knowing what your options are. Well here is one for you to consider. :)

Ganon Preschool runs licensed morning programs for 2-year olds, 3-year olds, and a Junior Kindergarten, PLUS, it’s probably one of few places that incorporates swimming lessons (in the Soloway JCC indoor saltwater pool) as part of the program. (Cool eh?)

The Ganon Preschool is open to everyone. The philosophy is that children learn through play and that it nourishes every aspect of children’s development and forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life.

The Ganon curriculum is based upon:

  • Learning through play
  • Integrating languages
  • Balanced teacher and child-directed activities
  • Age appropriateness
  • Individualized programming
  • Building community

Afternoon Enrichment Programs run from 12:30-3:30 and are open for everyone. Classes are designed to stimulate young minds, encourage creative play and keep kids fit. All classes are under the supervision of E.C.E teachers and qualified professionals. In the afternoons, parents can choose any combination of the following:

Monday – Creative Kids (Multimedia Arts) or Small Samurai Karate with Stronger You Martial Arts School.
Tuesday – Fit Kids (Sports) or Funky Feet (Dance)
Wednesday – Monkey Rock Music
Thursday – Splish Splash, Instructional Swimming lessons in the SJCC pool.
Friday – Discovery Kids (Science)

Ganon Preschool strives to give their kids the foundation to do good deeds, support one another, build community, give to others while also learning and growing physically, emotionally and cognitively.

The Ganon Preschool is located inside the Soloway JCC at 21 Nadolny Sachs Private (one block south of Carling and Broadview). For a private tour of the Ganon Preschool contact Preschool Director Lauren Lee at (613) 798-9818 ext. 280 or at ganon@jccottawa.com.

Registration for the 2013/2014 school year begins in February!


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