Early Childhood Program
For the youngest Pembroke Hill students, the early childhood school offers several after-school programs: Lunch Bunchers, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Lunch Bunchers Plus, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.; and Extended Day Preschool Pals (for all early childhood school children), from 3 to 6 p.m. Each program offers children continuity of care with many of the same teachers who they have in the morning while in a familiar environment. Age-appropriate activities through a balanced schedule of small and large group settings, with quiet and active play, is offered.
The Lunch Bunchers and Lunch Bunchers Plus enjoy free play time, lunch, nap, outside play and choices of planned activities each day such as art projects. During the second semester of prekindergarten, the program offers clubs that cover various topics such as music/movement, art, structure and building and science. This gives the prekindergarten children the opportunity to mix socially while enjoying some very fun, educational activities. It is also designed to help students with the transition to kindergarten because they are mixing with the other students, and their rest time is reduced a little, which is similar to what they will experience in kindergarten.
The goal of the Extended Day Preschool Pals is to offer children a program that allows them to de-stress from their day. We provide age-appropriate activities through a balanced schedule of small and large groups, quiet and active play in a multi-aged setting.
The schedule also allows a great deal of flexibility with lots of free play both inside and outside. While there are activities planned, children have the option to participate or not. Sometimes, children may not want to do the activity, but would rather look at books quietly or just sit in teachers’ laps. But whatever the children choose, there is always a lot of tender, loving care. Drop-in care is available based on our staffing.