Kindergarten and Nature Kindergarten

Kindergarten and Nature Kindergarten

Holy Redeemer's Kindergarten program is a student-centered program based on the Reggio Emilia approach.  In the Reggio Emilia environment learning is encouraged and developed through student-led investigations, using their diverse perspectives, learning styles, and interests as a guide to inquiry.

Kindergarten operates a full day program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with some Fridays throughout the year.  (Age requirement is 5 years old by December 31)

Children are engaged in learning all day long with our play-based, emergent curriculum program.

To find out when your child can be registered for kindergarten, put in your child's date of birth in our Kindergarten Calculator and it will tell you the eligible year. 


Play-based learning provides natural and authentic opportunities for learning. While engaged in play, children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Language development and the understanding of numeracy concepts grow in contexts that are genuine and fit children’s interests.  Play-based learning gives children the opportunity for developing their social and personal skills at the different centers provided and offers up opportunities for the children to explore different environmental settings and role play, using their imagination to discover and transform the environment.  This program provides opportunities for success in all areas and for all levels of experience.

Children will be engaged in activities that will cover the Alberta Education Curriculum such as:

  • Religious Studies
  • Citizenship and Identity
  • Early Literacy
  • Early Numeracy
  • Physical Skills and Well-being
  • Personal and Social Responsibility
  • Environment and Community Awareness
  • Creative and Cultural Expression

The Jolly Phonics Literacy program is one of the main resources used in our class - songs, dancing, jolly jingles with gestures and characters help to provide scaffolding to aid students in retaining and connecting important literacy concepts. This hands-on learning is fun and easy, enjoyed by students at all levels.

Students are provided with many opportunities to engage with the rest of the school.

  • Two scheduled daily recesses with the whole school
  • Scheduled gymnasium time
  • PALS - A younger class and an older class is partnered up for activities throughout the year
  • Kindergarten participates in whole-school activities, such as celebrations, school events, faith assemblies, etc.

Come and visit our Kindergarten classroom or call for more information at 780-922-4522

To register for kindergarten, please access the Elk Island Catholic Schools website. Click here to be taken right to the kindergarten information and registration.

Kindergarten Fees: $250.00 for field trip fees for the year.

Nature Kindergarten Fees: $425/Month (Please see section below for course details)

Teacher: Mrs. Stephanie Spilchak

Kindergarten / Nature Kindergarten Open House

April. 4 2024, 6:00pm - In the Gymnasium


Frequently Asked Questions

Kindergarten Open House Presentation 2023-2024

Nature Kindergarten

Nature Kindergarten is an optional program available to students at Holy Redeemer and students in Sherwood Park, Rural Strathcona County, and Fort Saskatchewan. Children will continue in their community kindergarten classrooms as per the EICS kindergarten calendar, attending nature kindergarten on the other days providing an option to attend kindergarten full-time. This early years enrichment opportunity will allow children to spend the vast majority of their day outside engaged in meaningful ways with their body, mind and spirit while located in a natural setting. 

These students will continue with their current EICS kindergarten programming within their respective community schools. Working as a group of explorers, nature-based kindergarten children will be given additional outdoor opportunities to be self-directed through their own curiosity and play. Using multiple natural learning environments, children will develop confidence in their own abilities to investigate and to collaborate outdoors and within their natural environment. Children will be physically active and engaged in movement skills that will facilitate their balance, stamina and strength.

Nature Kindergarten Open House Presentation (Powerpoint)

Nature Kindergarten Brochure 2023-2024

Age requirement is 5 years old by December 31, 2023

Unfortunately, bussing is not available to students for this program.


  • $425 per month for children participating in an EICS Community Kindergarten.

Staff: Mrs. Stephanie Spilchak

If you would like more information or have questions, please call the school at 780-922-4522.


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