Purcell International Preschool (PIP) was founded in 2020 to create early learning programs for Canadian children in Kimberley, BC. International education has always been part of the vision for the unique opportunity afforded by PIP. Beginning in September 2022, international children aged 3 – 5 will be invited to participate in PIP’s unique programming that includes significant Indigenous and outdoor education components and of course the opportunity to learn English at a formative and empowering stage of each child’s development.
To engage early learners in a constructive and supportive manner, PIP cultivates educational opportunities and pursues learning outcomes that reference and reflect the British Columbia K-12 curriculum’s Core Competencies. PIP engages these intellectual, personal, and social/emotional proficiencies in a variety of contexts with reference to the First Peoples Principles of Learning to focus on sustainability and reflect the importance of both Indigenous and international education to 21st-century
learning and life.
Teachers and assistants at Purcell International Preschool integrate different learning styles into the daily curriculum. We appreciate that each child has unique strengths, interests and needs. Teachers actively engage children to discover their interests, and encourage them to fully explore their creativity to develop self-confidence, independence, and satisfying peer relationships.
“I can’t say enough about our location, our staff, or our approach to early learning. We have a winning combination and I can’t wait to share it with international children from countries around the world.” Cheryl Anderson, Manager, Purcell International Preschool
REGULAR PRESCHOOL: Purcell Preschool offers a blended program of early learning and daycare from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday to Friday, for children aged 3 – 5. This program includes outdoor play and learning but it is not the focus of the programming.
FOREST PRESCHOOL: PIP also offers an outdoor-oriented program for children aged 4 – 5 based on the Forest and Nature School (FNS) approach to early learning. The focus of the program is on experiential learning in an outdoor environment. The goal is to enable and empower children with increased confidence, resilience, self-esteem, and independence while cultivating an appreciation for and connection to nature.
BONUS OPPORTUNITY: Do you have another child who is older than five years of age that you want to bring with you to Canada? PIP has partnered with School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain) to make placements available to children in Kindergarten to Grade 7 as well.
PIP is pleased to provide four spaces in each of its programs (Regular and Forest) to international children during the following timeframes:
September 19 – December 16, 2022
April 3 – June 30, 2023
Each preschool cohort at PIP includes a maximum of 16 Canadian children and two staff. PIP will support the additional international children (max. 4 per cohort to a total of 20 children) with an additional staff member who has completed TESOL training to maximize each child’s second-language acquisition opportunity.
The cost per child is $1800 per month or $5000 for a three-month placement. All other costs (accommodation, food, air travel, local transportation,
medical insurance, etc.) are parent responsibilities.
Optional support services for parents are provided by AQG World, a Kimberley-based international education company. AQG can assist parents with accommodation arrangements, recreational activities, trips, and adult-education opportunities.