Deer Park Extended Program

Our Programs

Educational Philosophy

We believe that education is a three-way process involving the child, the teacher and the parents. Our aim is to create a child-centred environment and to provide a wide variety of enjoyable experiences for the children.

A good balance between basic and necessary communicative skills, arts, sciences and physical education is stressed which, we believe, permits participants to reach their greatest potential. A positive self-image is fostered which helps the children to become independent, self-directed, curious, critical and responsible members of society.

Every child is provided with opportunities to learn and play in a supportive atmosphere. A wide range of materials and learning experiences is provided along with enrichment activities such as Music, Art, Drama, Cooking or Cognitive Games.

These experiences are designed to stretch and challenge the children mentally, physically and emotionally: however, children are not hurried into activities for which they are not ready. Healthy, emotional development is also stressed so that children can learn to recognize, accept and express emotions and to give, share and receive attention.

Enrichment Classes


Art activities focus on the process not the product. The end product does not, nor should look the same as each others. The children’s creativity makes each one unique. Children develop communication skills by describing their creations and social skills by having to take turns and share the art materials. Other skills developed are problem solving, self expression, creativity and fine motor skills. Most of our activities are done individually i.e Masks, ghost footprints. While others are done in small groups snowmen, Chinese dragon.



Our cooking activities start by learning to follow a recipe together in a small group. Each child takes a turn measuring an ingredient i.e 1 cup flour, 1 tsp salt etc. Children take turns stirring and pouring into pan. Cooking with the children and allowing them to measure ingredients themselves, enables them to learn an array of skills, early reading skills, science, nature, vocabulary, diversity and nutrition. We make an assortment of recipes from sugar cookies to bread and especially enjoy recipes from a variety of cultures within the class.



The children use a variety of materials/props to participate in role playing, whether it be the retelling of a familiar story (The Gruffulo, Goldilocks etc) or pretending to be an astranaught taking a trip to space. By using representations to explore people, places and events the children benefit by expanding their attention span, developing social skills and communication. It also encourages self esteem and confidence.



Children in this age group love to sing! They love songs that repeat words, melodies, rhythm and a beat. They enjoy action songs that invite them to participate. Our music circles incorporate traditional rhymes, finger plays and nonsense rhymes/songs. We use a variety of musical instruments, bells, drums, triangles, xylophone and rhythm sticks, encouraging the children to listen and follow the beat.


Cognitive Games

In pre-school, children begin the basics for learning numbers, letters, vocal and speech--the skills necessary in order to learn to read in elementary school. When the children are actively engaging in a cognitive game, their developmental skills include attention, memory, classification, perception, problem solving, emotional regulation, language acquisition as well as observing and questioning. The class may include memory, guessing, sequence or matching games.