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Township of Esquimalt Recreation facilities have some adjusted openings. Playgrounds are open with posted safety reminders. For related program and facility updates, please see our dedicated facility update page:

COVID-19 Facility, Park & Playground Updates

Esquimalt Parks & Recreation provides recreational art, cooking, dance, general interest, music, and sport programs for ages Birth-12yrs. Some great programs may be cancelled without adequate registration. Minimum registration must be met 3 days prior to the start of the program, please register early.  Quick links:


Program Updates   

Update, April 2, 2020: Updated 2020/2021 Preschool & Out of School Care Registration Process Due to COVID-19

Applications for registration for September 2020 for Preschool & Out of School Care programs will be accepted as of April 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM PST via email to [email protected] and must be received by May 5, 2020 to be processed in priority order:
*Please do not submit your application before the 7:00 am opening time.  Applications received before 7:00 am will be marked as end of day April 21st.*  

  1. Current participants applying for exactly what they’re currently registered in as of April ‘20
  2. Current Before Care participants wanting After Care
  3. Siblings of current participants entering OSC
  4. 2019/2020 Preschool participants
  5. New registrants

*After May 5, 2020 we will continue accepting applications for the waitlist. 

As a community we recognize the financial uncertainty families are facing during this challenging time. No fee is required to submit an application. Upon being offered a place in our care, a $30 fee is required to hold your child's spot. Any families experiencing financial hardship during this unprecedented time may notify us in confidence for accommodations to be made.  

We are committed to supporting you as best as we are able during this difficult time. We are in this together. 


Out of School Care Application

2020-2021 Application 
 

Preschool - School Year Program Information & Applications 

General Programs Information:

  • Application Forms must be completed in full before registration is completed. 
  • Once a space is confirmed for your child(ren), a $30.00/family registration processing fee applies.
  • Monthly payment plan available.

Puddle Jumpers Nature Preschool

This program will focus on learning through play indoors and by exploring the outdoors.  Children work together, share ideas, develop fine and gross motor skills while building new friendships and social skills - indoors & out!  Monthly fees will vary.  Ongoing registration while space permits.  
Location Drop Off: Saxe Point Park
Location Pick Up: Saxe Point Park
Sep-Jun Tue/Thu  9:15am-11:45am  

Please note:

  •  Puddle Jumpers is NOT a licensed program, therefore it is not eligible for the Affordable Child Care Benefit (Subsidy).

  • Since Puddle Jumpers is NOT licensed please used the application package linked below. This is a different application package from the Licensed Preschool Programs.  If you are looking register in Puddle Jumpers and a License  Preschool Camp, two different application packages are required.

  • For 2020-2021, drop-off and pick-up with be done at Saxe Point Park.

2020-2021 Puddle Jumpers Application
 

Licensed Preschool Programs

 

Fantastique Fridays

Extend your week with this terrific Friday class.  Your child will be introduced to the French language through songs, stories and rhymes.  Our ECE Instructors will chose monthly themes inspired by the interests of the group and may include, cooking, seasons, space, friendships and more .  Each class will include free play, art activities and circle time with a focus on fun and beginner French.  Ongoing registration while space permits.  Register online and pay for the entire year, or call Esquimalt Recreation to set up payment plan.
Location: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
Sep-Jun   Fri 9:00am-12:00pm  

Kinderstart Preschool 

This program will focus on Kindergarten preparation. Children will learn through play, while developing fine & gross motor skills in addition to social skills. This program is designed for children entering kindergarten the following year. Children must be 4 years of age by Dec 31.
Location: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
Sep -Jun  Mon/Fri 12:30pm- 3:00pm  

Esquimalt Preschool (3-5yrs)  

Allow your child to explore their creativity through an array of exciting activities including free play, arts & crafts, singing & dancing, story time, and so much more. Our ECE certified staff provide a fun and safe environment for your little one to grow and develop their cognitive, physical, and social skills at their own pace. Join us in the mornings or afternoons, where having fun is rule number one!
Location: Esquimalt Recreation Centre
Monday/Wednesday Classes 
Sep -Jun  Mon/Wed       9:00am- 12:00pm            
Tuesday/Thursday Classes 
Sep -Jun   Tue/Thu 9:00am-12:00pm  

2020-2021 Esquimalt Preschool Application 
 

Childminding 

For details on our childminding (while you workout), click here.