Our House Preschool

Offering Enriching Preschool Programs for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

At Our House we follow an emergent, play-based curriculum, and are guided by the BC Early Learning Framework (BC ELF). Through our practice, we aim to create an environment that represents all of our children, to facilitate learning opportunities that promote awe & wonder, and to embrace children’s natural curiosity about the world around them.

Learning can be messy, and the learning journey doesn’t often happen in a straight line – we embrace this – and collaborate with the children, families and other team members to make sense of the world together in the ways that work for our children at the time.

Our House thrives on utilizing the BC Early Learning Framework. “By supporting the creation of rich, joyful early childhood spaces where children & adult’s ideas and miracles come together. Knowledge is co-constructed about learning and living in ways that are local, inclusive, ethical and democratic.” – BC Early Learning Framework 2019.

 

Our House Preschool Location & Contact
  • 123 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, V5Y 0B3 (16th Avenue and Manitoba Street)
  • Registration: Vera.lara@vancouver.ca or 604-257-3061 ext 2
  • Our House Preschool Phone: 604-707-0311
Preschool Classes

Spaces still available for the 2021 – 2022 school year! Please get in touch for more information.

2022 – 2023 School Year Classes

Every child requires a $50 non refundable registration fee of $50 – Activity #399208

Activity Number Class Day Class Time Monthly Fee/Deposit
Children 2 years of age before December 31, 2022
399209 Tuesday AM 8:45 – 10:45am $90
399211 Thursday AM 8:45 – 10:45am $90
Children 3 years of age before December 31, 2022
399212 Tues/Thurs AM 8:45 – 10:45am $145
399213 Mon/Wed/Fri AM 8:45 – 10:45am $215
Children 4 years of age before December 31, 2022
399214 Mon/Wed/Fri AM 8:30 – 12:30pm $375
399216 Junior Kindergarten Mon – Fri 11:45 – 2:45am $535
Children 3 to 4 years of age before December 31, 2022
399218 Tues/Thurs PM 11:45 – 2:45pm $215
399220 Mon/Wed/Fri PM
Music & Art Class Info
1:30 – 2:30 $110

Once registered, registration form packages will be sent out to families by the end of April.

Registration Dates and How to Register

Registration for 21/22 School years is ongoing. Please contact Vera.lara@vancouver.ca to inquire about spaces available

 

Who Can Register
How to Register
Date
Internal Preschool Families
Online Only
Friday, March 4 2022 at 10:00am
MPCCA Childcare Families
Wednesday, March 9 2022 between 10am – 9:00pm
Public Families
Online Only
Friday, March 11 2022 at 10:00am – onwards
Public Families
Telephone/In Person at Mount Pleasant
Monday, March 14 2022 – onwards
 

In order to register we require:

  • Visa or Mastercard for pre-authorized monthly payments
  • June Security Deposit  (1 month fee)
  • $50 non-refundable registration fee (activity code for 2022 – 399208)

City of Vancouver – Parks Board Account:

If you do not have an on-line account already you will need to set this up at least 48 hours before registration day.  Please visit www.ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/ to create an account.  Please make yourself comfortable with the on-line registration process.  

Forms and COVID-19 Procedures

 

In relation to COVID-19, we follow the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings, which can be found here

Registration FAQ’s
  • Is the $50 non-refundable registration fee required?
    • Yes. When registering online there is a separate activity number for this fee.  Please register for your desired class, then go back and register separately for this fee.
  • Can I register my child in more than one class?
    • Initial registration is for one class only.
    • If there are spaces available after initial registration, we will offer the opportunity to register in a second class.
    • Registration in more than one class is at the discretion of MPCCA.
    • Please note, due to childcare licensing, your child cannot attend more than 4 hours per day.
  • Age Restrictions
  • Children must meet the correct age requirements listed. If your child does not meet the specific age requirement, we will withdraw your child from the program and issue a refund.

2 yrs old – must turn 2 years old by December 31st, of the year they are registering in.
3 yrs old – must turn 3 years old by December 31st, of the year they are registering in.
4 yrs old – must turn 4 years old by December 31st, of the year they are registering in.

Our Qualified Educators

We are proud to have excellent Early Childhood Educators (ECE/IT/SN) who are certified by the BC government, meet Provincial Child Care Licensing Regulation and maintain a valid First Aid Certificate.

Qualified substitute staff are called in when teachers are away for reasons of illness or vacation

Child to staff rations are 10:1 as determined by Child Care Licensing.

Meet Our House Teachers

Funding

Affordable Child Care Benefit

We encourage families who may benefit from financial support to apply for the Provincial Affordable Childcare Benefit. Factors such as income, family size and type of care will be considered when determining each individual’s funding allowance. Please visit the website for more information and to access the funding estimate calculator: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/child-care-funding/child-care-benefit .

If you are interested in applying, please reach out to the Child Care Administrative Assistant Vera Lara, at vera.lara@vancouver.ca

 

MPCCA Childcare Bursary Fund

Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association is thrilled to be able to offer a Bursary Fund to those that require financial support to attend childcare, or financial help to those whose child may need that bit of extra support to enable them to thrive in our care. Please see below for information regarding the application process and an application form.

MPCCA Child Care Bursary Fund Eligibility Process

MPCCA Child Care Application for Funding (Nov 2021)

If you are interested in applying, or would like to submit an application please contact the Director of Licensed Child Care, Sarah Dempsey, at sarah.dempsey@vancouver.ca

Inclusion Policy

Vision: Every child and family is unique and should have access to an inclusive and respectful child care experience.

Policy: MPCCA child care programs embrace diversity and celebrate environments of acceptance, respect, understanding and inclusion. We commit to learn, understand and appreciate each person’s unique attributes, abilities and cultural history to ensure that each child is recognized, reflected and valued in our programs. Our educators support the unique abilities of each child to ensure they reach their highest potential. MPCCA works with BC Centre for Ability and other community partners to enhance our ability to support children of all abilities through training and consultation.

Withdrawal Policy

Families must give one month’s written notice (or e-mail to vera.lara@vancouver.ca​) to the Preschool Teachers when withdrawing their child from the Preschool program.  Families are required to give notice by the first calendar day of the month.  For example, if you decide to withdraw your child from the program for September 1st, then you must give one month’s notice on or before August 1st.  Withdrawal notices are not permitted for the months of May and June.  April is the last month to withdrawal, which means your withdraw notice would have to be in by April 1.

Mount Pleasant Community Association