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Welcome to the Salt Spring Cooperative Website.

We are a bright & cheerful parent participation preschool with a philosophy of ‘Learning Through Play’. Your child will learn under the care of a qualified Early Childhood Educator & An ECE assistant, and you will reap the rewards of being actively involved with your childs’ first preschool experience.

Unlike other preschools, Salt Spring Cooperative Preschool is owned and operated by you, the parents. Along with the fun of participating in the classroom on your ‘Helping Parent’ days, you can offer valuable input and support during monthly meetings. Everything you give helps to create a loving atmosphere in which your child will learn to feel confident and secure.

Our philosophy provides children with the opportunity to learn about interacting with friends in a playful open environment, and encourages emotional and social development. Our ECE sets up the preschool environment to include activities that inspire the children to explore and actively participate in their learning experiences instead of being instructed. On an average day the children are exposed to math, geography, sciences, social studies, pre-reading and writing skills without recognizing them as such.

The Salt Spring Cooperative Preschool Society was founded in 1977 by a group of parents passionate about "learning through play" and being involved in their children's first school experience. Hundreds of Salt Spring families have upheld and evolved that legacy into the vibrant preschool we have today.

As a cooperative, the families with enrolled children run the school and support our Early Childhood Educators. Involving parents in the day-to-day workings of the school provides a very special opportunity for parents/caregivers to participate in their preschooler’s experience and build community.

Our preschool is a registered, non-profit, charitable society. Our funding comes from student tuition, grants, donations and fundraising. We are a licensed preschool and childcare facility, and a member of the Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association.

To get to know us better and see if we're a good fit for your family, learn more about our amazing Educators, our learning program, and our beautiful school facility.