Orillia Central Preschool believes that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious, and rich in potential. We believe that children flourish when given the opportunity to make choices, are provided with an environment that offers them reasonable risks and supports their natural curiosity in connecting with the world around them.  Our goal at Orillia Central Preschool is to provide an environment that offers all children the opportunity to develop in their own unique way.

Our program and philosophy is consistent with “How does learning happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years”.  It is based on the philosophy that children’s play is valued, and that children interact with and learn from their peers. We believe that through intentional play children are encouraged to form positive relationships, make choices, and participate in a full range of activities.   Our program is designed to enhance children’s development in all areas, foster self esteem and encourage both independence and interdependence in an environment that is positive and free from coercion.

Children in all our programs are offered a nurturing and comfortable classroom setting where they can creatively explore, investigate and respond to their peers and their teachers.  Our rooms are filled with a variety of carefully selected accessories that offer choices for children to examine and manipulate.  Children are accepted and encouraged to move throughout the different activity centers set up by our educators that reflect the current interests of our children.