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Playschool & Preschool Programs

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Preschoolers love to be active – they run, jump, spin, leap and climb at every opportunity. It’s a great time to get them participating in preschool and playschool programs and learning physical literacy. Physical literacy provides the basics that children need to make physical activity a part of their life. At The City of Calgary Recreation, we think it is important for all Calgarians to be healthy and active.

Drop-in programs

From Kinderschool and Snug to Jungle Gym and Tot’s Gym Time, find a drop-in program that allows your preschool-aged children, to play, learn and grow. Please visit our drop-in search tool.

Preschool and Playschool recreatuib program guide

Registered programs

To find programs check out the Preschool & Playschool Program Guide or build your own program guide with My Rec Guide.

Year-round programs

Play, it’s more than you think. Our Playschools offer preschool children an active and engaging opportunity to learn physical and social skills. The children are taught active play, songs, activities, arts and crafts. They learn skills that help build the foundations of being active for life, while preparing them for school. Playschool programs are offered at our leisure centres from September to June for kids 2Y – 4Y. Registration is ongoing throughout the year, based on availability.


The leisure centres and select pools offer babysitting services. Visit babysitting at pools and leisure centres for more information.

Questions about registration?

Visit registration for recreation programs.

Safety and supervision

Strict guidelines and supervision are provided in all preschool and playschool programs. To ensure the health and safety of participants, the programs have the following standards in place:

  • Our staff are selected on the basis of experience, ability to relate to children, and leadership skills. Staff receive training and are certified in Standard First Aid, CPR, and the High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development.
  • Lower ratios are in place for preschool and some speciality programs.
  • All participants MUST be the appropriate age by the first day of the program.

Children with disabilities are welcome

Our preschool and playschool programs welcome and include children with disabilities. Please make us aware of any disabilities or behavioural needs that may affect your child's participation. While our goal is inclusive participation, there are times when a child requires more support than our current ratios are able to provide and preschool or playschool supervisors reserve the right to request an aide. If required, it is the parent's responsibility to arrange for and provide the aide. Please contact the preschool or playschool supervisor to obtain the Aide Expectation Information.

Program registration dates

Program registration date Program dates
Register Now Fall (Aug-Oct) programs
Register Now 2016-2017 Playschool Registration begins (programs at Southland and Village Square Leisure Centres only)
Mon, Nov 28 Winter 2017 (Jan-Mar) program registration begins
Swim registration date Swim lesson dates
Register Now Sep-Dec 2016 swim lessons
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 Jan-Mar 2016 swim lesson registration begins
To find programs check out our Online Recreation Program Guide.