May 8, 2013


Upcoming Preschool Year – 2018/2019

Preschools at Richmond community facilities are designed to develop the whole child intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and cognitively. A positive and encouraging learning environment is provided where children of various cultures and backgrounds share and learn about each other and the world around them.

The preschool term is September through June with a winter and spring break. Registration must be in person at the facility listed. Please bring:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Care Card
  • Immunization Record

Fees payable by cash, Visa, MC, American Express or cheque are due at registration. All registrations require a non-refundable $40.00 deposit.

  • For all licensed preschools, children must turn 3 by December 31, 2018
  • The Public Registration date for the September 2018 – June 2019 school year starts Saturday April 7, 2018 at 9:00am. Download the Public Registration Flyer to learn more
  • All preschool programs start the week of September 10th, 2018

Please note that waitlists are for this current school year only and do not carry over into future years. If you are on the waitlist and receive a call regarding an available space in the program, you will have up to 24 hours from the time of the call, to respond and secure your space.

For more preschool information with City Centre Community Association, please call 604-204-8588.


2018/2019 Preschool Programs

Circle of Friends Licensed Preschool (Born 2014-2015)
Circle of Friends Preschool combines child-led explorations and teacher-directed activities designed to enhance children’s development in all areas of growth.

We provide opportunities for social interaction, physical activities, artistic expression, and hands on exploration. Through these experiences the children will learn to share, take turns, and listen to each other and respect other’s ideas. The goal is for the children to become independent, build self-esteem and acquire the skills to succeed in Kindergarten. Additional focus will be on encouraging children’s curiosity, creativity and imagination while being exposed to academics such as language and numeracy.

A strong emphasis on physical literacy is also part of the program.

To further enrich the children’s learning, the preschool will attend field trips, explore our community and participate in seasonal celebrations.

Days Time Price Location
Mon/Wed 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $120.00/month Lang Centre
Mon/Wed 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. $144.00/month City Centre*
Tue/Thu/Fri 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $268.00/month City Centre*
Tue/Thu/Fri 1:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. $191.00/month Lang Centre

*Parent volunteer required once a month.


Time for Twos (Born 2016 – Must turn 2 before December 31, 2018)
Time for Twos offers children an opportunity to socialize and participate in group activities designed for their unique stage of development.

Through songs, stories, music and movement the children will be introduced to some basic concepts. Time for Twos will prepare children to have successful interactions with their peers such as taking turns and sharing – easing the transition to preschool.

The children will also have the opportunity to practice throwing, jumping and balancing to help with the development of children large muscles (gross-motor skills).

Time for Twos programs will have a gradual entry which may require parent participation until your child is comfortable in the preschool setting.

Days Time Price Location
Mon/Wed 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $143.00/month City Centre
Mon/Wed 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. $143.00/month Lang Centre
Thu 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $77.00/month Lang Centre
Tue/Fri 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $152.00/month Cook School Portable


Our Philosophy
We believe children learn most effectively through play, using all their senses to explore and experiment. It is through their sense of wonder and curiosity that children understand the world around them. As children play, they are learning to express themselves, how to interact with materials, and how to interact with others.

We believe that children are capable of constructing their own learning, which has led us to experiment with some ideas and approaches of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The Reggio Emilia philosophy believes that children are capable individuals who use many languages to express themselves, and sees the environment children interact with as being a third teacher.

We believe that each child is unique.  They learn, develop, interact and play in individual ways. They have the right to a safe and secure environment where they are free to express themselves and explore with all their senses. We believe each child should have the opportunity to reach his/her potential. Our role as caring, supportive teachers includes preparing the environment with open-ended materials for the children to explore, according to their level of development and interest, to maximize each child’s learning potential.

Our goal is to provide a safe nurturing environment for children that fosters social, intellectual, physical, emotional, and language development. We hope to foster love and respect for nature and the environment. Spending time outdoors will allow the children to discover and connect with the wonders around them. Through these interactions, the children will learn about seasons, flowers, trees, bugs and more.

Our Staff are licensed Early Childhood Educators and are required to maintain current First Aid certificates and police record checks. In addition, staff are also required to keep up to date with the latest findings in child development and education through professional development opportunities.

For information about program content, please contact Ines Ziegler, Preschool Coordinator at or Julie Sousa, Preschool Administrator at

Financial Assistance for Child Care 
A child care subsidy or allowance is available to help low income families in B.C. with the cost of child care. Our Circle of Friends Preschool Program is a Licensed Preschool and participants can apply for Child Care Subsidy from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

You may be eligible to receive full or partial subsidy based on your family’s circumstances. For more information or to obtain application forms please contact City Centre at 604-204-8588.