COVID-19 Updates: Visit our COVID-19 webpage for full details and up-to-date information.

Note: All recreation facilities are currently closed. All in-person programs and drop-in activities are currently cancelled.

Return to Preschool Programs - What to Expect

(Updated on December 16, 2020)

Note: The following Return to Play guidelines will be in place for when recreation facilities reopen and in-person Winter programs and drop-ins are permitted to resume.

For everyone’s safety and comfort, please review the following information carefully prior to returning to a Town of Aurora Preschool Program or Drop-In. You will also receive an email prior to the start of your program(s) with additional information.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Program Modifications
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced at all times.
  • Activity tables, stations or program equipment will be set up prior to program to ensure physical distancing is maintained at all times.
  • Porous equipment and toys have been removed.
  • Carpets have been removed.
  • Where possible, equipment and material will be divided into kits/bins to ensure items are used exclusively by one individual or household.
  • Staff will limit the number of participants/caregivers at each station to ensure physical distancing at all times.
  • After each program all equipment, tables and activity stations will be cleaned/disinfected before next use.
Facility Access & Participant Screening 
  • Access to all Town of Aurora Facilities is limited to those who have pre-registered for a program or drop-in.
  • Only 1 parent/guardian may participate in the program per participant. No additional spectators may access the facility or program (this includes younger siblings).

  • Registration for Fall Programs and Drop-Ins will begin on Monday, September 28 for residents. Non-resident registration will begin on Thursday, October 1. Visit e-PLAY to register online.
  • As a part of registration, participants will be asked a series of screening questions. If participants answer “yes” to any of the questions, they will not be permitted to enter a Town Facility.
  • Participants are asked to come dressed for their program as the use of change rooms is not permitted at this time.
  • Upon arrival to the facility for your scheduled program/drop in activity you will be met at the front entrance by a Facility Greeter. They will confirm your registration and ask the participant 1 affirmation screening question “When registering for the program, you answered screening questions in relation to COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Have any of your responses to those questions changed?” At this time, the participant’s parent/guardian accompanying them to the program will also be asked the same screening questions the participant was asked at registration. If the participant or parent/guardian answer “yes” to any question, they will not be granted access to the facility. The participant must exit the building and contact their local health unit for next steps.
  • All Staff will also be pre-screening before entering any Town Facility each day. 
Face Masks are Mandatory in all Town Facilities
  • The Town of Aurora will follow all York Region guidelines for mandatory masks as outlined in The Regional Municipality of York Medical Officer of Health Instructions to Businesses and Organizations Currently Operating (under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), R.S.O. 1990 and related Regulations).
  • Note: York Region Public Health lists children under the age of 2 as an exemption, therefore it is not mandatory for them to wear a mask when participating in any Preschool Programs. To review this guideline in addition to suitable exemptions and additional information regarding the use of masks and face coverings, visit the York Region Public Health website.
Physical Distancing & Signage
  • Participants will be required to maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • There will be floor markings and signage throughout each facility to promote and maintain physical distancing.
  • Program capacities have been restricted so participants can maintain physical distance.
  • Programming is modified and limited, to allow for staggered start and end times.
  • There will be one-way directional flow throughout the facility.
  • Participants are asked to arrive for their program no earlier than 15 minutes before their program start time and must leave the facility within 15 minutes of their program or activity ending.
Cleaning & Sanitization
  • High touch surface areas will be cleaned and sanitized between programs and activities throughout the day.
  • Program supplies and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after each program.
  • Individual program supplies will be provided when possible.

Preschool Programs & Take Home Kits

Ages 6 months to 5 years 

Preschool Programs

Preschool Programs logo

Our Preschool programs are dedicated to:

  • Promoting physical literacy.
  • Promoting the development of cognitive, creative and social skills.
  • Providing a stimulating, fun and safe environment for play.
  • Offering a variety of activities that emphasize the importance of play and interaction with others.
  • Encouraging a variety of activities that meet the needs of the children in our community.
Busy Box - Take Home Kit - Sold Out!
  • Sold Out!

We know as the days have gotten longer, those little minds have gotten busier! Looking for something to do with your toddler? Check out our “Busy Box” Preschool Activity Kit that includes a variety of games, activities, and crafts specifically picked to get your kids moving and thinking! Each kit includes both pre-made activities and DIY crafts that you can help your little one create or let them explore on their own. Activities will focus on comprehension and recognition of numbers, colours and shapes. This engaging and adaptable take home kit is designed for children ages 2 to 4 years.

Preschool “Busy Box” Take Home Kits will be available for pick-up on Monday, February 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex.

Note: The Town of Aurora reserves the right to change or amend any of the kit contents. Some activities may require the use of common household items. No alternative pick-up dates/times will be available. Each kit is designed to for 1 person.

Program Information

Group of preschool kids holding hands

Children develop at their own pace. This is why the Town of Aurora Preschool programs begin at the age of 6 months and progress gradually to 5 years old. All programs at this time require parent or guardian participation or a parent or guardian to remain on-site.

Our goal is to provide safe and stimulating programs for all preschoolers. Fulfilling your child's need to laugh, play and to discover is our motivation. We aim to provide you and your child with the best quality and most positive experience possible during these formative and  developmental years.

Note: All Preschool programs require a parent or guardian to actively participate alongside the participant or remain on-site for the duration of the program.

Program Instructors

Preschool room with kids activities

The Town of Aurora's Preschool programs are run by highly energetic and enthusiastic instructors, some of which are ECE educated, as well as being First Aid and CPR trained. We also work with a number of experienced, professional service agreement contractors who are specialists in their respective fields.

Preschool Drop-in

Join us at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (S.A.R.C.) for some family fun!

Preschool Drop-in Program

 Kids playing in gymnasium

Having fun with your preschooler just became a little bit easier! Come play with your child (newborn to 5 years) on a variety of gross motor equipment, learning stations and much more.

Pre-registration is required for all Preschool Drop-In programs. Visit e-PLAY to register online.

Age: Newborn to 5 years

Location: S.A.R.C.

Fee: $3 per child, supervising adults are free

Note: Caregivers must supervise children at all times.

Schedule - Winter 2021

Please see schedule below.

No Drop-in on: March 13 and 20

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

January 16 to March 29, 2021
Day Time
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Contact

Victoria Kendra
Community Programs Coordinator
905-726-4761
Email Victoria Kendra

Julie Stephenson
Community Programmer
905-727-3123 ext. 3121
Email Julie Stephenson

Register Online

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