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SAECE Program Office, Main Phone: 604-576-4434
PO Box 34161

SAECE has been registered as a non-profit society in British Columbia since October 1973. The Association was originally established by a group of concerned educators and citizens who were interested in providing appropriate learning experiences for preschool children who would benefit from an early intervention program. The program still adheres to its original intent of providing a quality educational program for all children.

As a non-profit Society, SAECE has a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers. We currently have a mix of professionals, business people, parents and community citizens on our Board. The Board meets monthly and has an Annual General Meeting in the Fall of each year.

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We're starting our 2018-2019 year and we're thrilled to help our children again ... Join us for fun, activities and learning.  Click the What's New, to look at our September Welcome, and we recommend everyone to choose 'Program' to see the updated Parent Handbook Introduction.  For more information, or to arrange to visit a classroom, please call the program office at 604-576-4434.
Thank you.
Please review our School Closure Policy, which we have now included here as it's own document.

Check out our Parent Pages -- We're sure you'll find something there to catch your interest.

If you're looking for registration forms, click here.. the link will take you right to them.


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Children play in a variety of ways. Putting together a puzzle, riding a bike, reading, playing with a busy box, drawing and writing are all activities that children might do alone. Playing alone is called solitary play. Parallel play refers to children playing in the same space in their own way. One child may be measuring water in a cup while another child at the water table is floating a boat. Cooperative play happens when children actively play together, such as building block structures or playing store or house.


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Through play children can:

  • learn how to get along with others
  • expand language
  • build self-esteem
  • problem solve
  • learn turn-taking
  • exercise curiosity
  • explore their world
  • develop skills
  • expand independence
  • examine mathematics
  • practice cooperation
  • strengthen muscles
  • try out different roles


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Paving the way for play..

Listen to children as they play. Children will give you clues about what you might provide to extend their play

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Sometimes children have trouble getting play started. Offer what you can then bow out. Be sure to check in from time to time. Participate when invited, but make sure that play belongs to the child. A well- placed call from mission control or the pet store may keep the game going a little longer.

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If a child is playing fire station, perhaps a piece of hose and a pair of big boots will add interest.

bmar.gif - 885 Bytes  Invite everyone to play all parts

A world of opportunity awaits every child. Pay extra attention not to give the impression that certain jobs, toys or colors belong to girls or boys only. Stereotyping is no way to share fun.

bmar.gif - 885 Bytes  Encourage cooperation

Forcing children to share or apologize may backfire. Children learn to share when others model being generous. Children are compassionate when others are sensitive to their needs first.

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Give children the opportunity to resolve problems themselves with words. You will need to intervene if violence breaks out. Be ready to "hear" the child's feelings or change the activity when trouble starts.

To start the process, state the problem, listen to everyone's thoughts and feelings, together generate ideas, list them all without evaluating, cross out ideas that people don't like and pick a plan from the choices that are left. Working this out on paper will extend the learning.

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A tent made under a table or space behind a sofa or the inside of a big packing box are good private spaces.

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Keeping Play Fun

Offer a variety of toys to stimulate social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Allow plenty of time for play. A flexible schedule that allows pretend play to expand without interruptions can be a precious gift in a busy, often highly scheduled, family life.

Offer toys that encourage children to do the playing. Watching electric trains or battery powered dolls has limited interest. Children need to be the active ingredient, not the spectators.

Create a special space for children to call their own. Toys stored on low open shelves, well marked with pictures, help children find and put away toys more easily.

Young children are not ready for competition. They need to learn cooperation first. Children under ages 7-8 generally enjoy the process of playing, while older children and adults seem to enjoy the end product.

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