Wolf Creek Public Schools held an open house for its Bright Futures Play Academy at the Eckville Community Centre on May 24.
The open house invited parents and children into the hall to learn more about the program and speak to some of the Pre-K instructors in Eckville.
“It is like an open house for the Bright Future Play Academy,” Kari Turner, Administrative Assistant for Bright Futures Play Academy said. “We hold it for all the communities where we have our pre-schools and the event is for three and four-year-olds to go through the centres.”
The open house provided some of the learning centre’s opportunities in order for parents to have a better understanding of Bright Futures’ intent, which according to its brochure is “providing young children with opportunities to learn through purposeful play.”
“We have physical literacy centres, language and emotional development centres and also creative and fine motion centres,” Turner said. “The kids are able to come through with their parents and get a gist about what the Play Academy is like. This one is primarily a play-based facility, so they can come in and learn through play.”
The open house also gave parents an opportunity to meet the staff at Bright Futures.
“They can see what the feel of the academy is like; they can meet their teachers; they can play and see everything – it gives them a welcome feeling,” Turner said. “Parents and children can be nervous to leave each other. Three and four-year-olds are still babies, so to go away two or four times per week can be a lot, and it is a change. It can be an introduction, so when kindergarten comes, it won’t be so daunting. They can go and see they have the social skills and the interaction skills that they need for kindergarten.”
Turner added, “we invite people to come down and see what it is all about.”