Early Years & Preschool

Preschool Open House - 2015-16

Come meet our vibrant staff, tour our 3 great facilities and learn why the City of Surrey is the best choice for yearlong preschool.

Our Preschool Open House is scheduled for February 25 at 5:30pm-7:30pm. Meet at the South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre and from there you will have the option to visit our different sites.

Preschool Options

Specific courses are viewable online or you can call/drop by our facility to discuss options. Registration will begin during Preschool Early Registration.

Preschool Early Registration - 2015-16

Our Preschool Early Registration begins Thursday, March 5 at 8:30am.

Register by phone (604-510-5100), online (www.surrey.ca/register) or at our facility. Spaces fill up quickly so consider registering immediately to secure your spot.

Get to Know our Preschool Programs

Why Choose the City of Surrey?

  • Quality - The City of Surrey was a recipient of a 2014 Province of BC Child Care Award of Excellence for our licensed preschools.
  • Cost - Our hourly rate for care is among the lowest in the city. We also have options for child care subsidy and provide monthly payment plans.
  • Reach - We are the largest child care provider in Surrey serving over 900 preschool students annually.
  • Choice - We offer over 85 preschool programs at 23 unique sites across 6 different town centres.
  • Staff - We employ over 90 high quality certified Early Childhood Educators to lead our exciting, reflective program.

Who's it for?

Our licensed preschools are available for children aged 3-5. All children must be either 3 or 4 by December 31, 2015.

  • Preschool Social Recreation (age 3-5)
  • Pre-Kindergarten (age 4-5)

When Does it Run

Preschool is available on a yearlong basis from September to June. There are also some programs delivered ton a seasonal basis and throughout summer months.

There are several program options ranging from:

  • 1-3 times per week
  • 2-5 hours per day
  • Morning and afternoon

What is your program focus?

Our preschool programs are based on a responsive curriculum, supported by the British Columbia Early Learning Framework.

With responsive curriculum, the educator develops the program as they listen and observe your child in play. In this education style, your child becomes part of an engaged, reflective program that is based on their interests.

Responsive Curriculum builds independence and self-confidence. It encourages creativity, promotes sharing and problem solving, aids in concept building, and guides speech and language development.

Our educators are dedicated to developing each child's social, emotional, physical, creative, communication, literacy and cognition skills.

Can I access financial assistance?

Financial assistance is available through child care subsidies for licensed programs.

Where can I find out more about your Preschool Programs?

Learn about the benefits of responsive curriculum, and the City of Surrey's Preschool program philosophy, in our Early Years Parent Handbook for Preschool.

For more information on our preschool classes, visit our facility or call 604-592-6970.

Preschool Locations

South Surrey Recreation Centre

We have 2 spacious preschool rooms well equipped.  These preschool rooms also feature an outside play area that has been designed to allow for energetic playtime.

Photo of South Surrey Recreation Centre

Elgin Centre - 3530 - 144 Street

Historic Elgin School house has been renovated and makes an ideal location for preschool. This location has a large playing field, playground and a covered area for outdoor activities.
Photo of Elgin Centre Preschool

Meridian Centre - 2040 - 150 Street

Stand-alone 1-room schoolhouse offers a well-equipped preschool. This location has a fenced playground and play area for outdoor activities.
Photo of Meridian Centre Preschool


Early Years and Preschool Registered Programs

South Surrey Recreation Centre offers registered and drop-in programs for children 0 to 6 years of age.  View our South Surrey Community Recreation Guide for more information.

Photo of Children at Stay and Play

Stay & Play - Drop-in

$3 (12 months to 5 years) accompanied by an adult, second child 50% discount.

Our Stay & Play program offers you and your child a positive play and learning experience supervised by qualified and caring staff. Join us for Stay & Play to meet new friends and neighbors. Share ideas with other parents and have fun with your child! Guided activities may include parachute games, ride-on toys, music and movement, and active games.

Times vary by season.  Please check facility drop-in schedules for daily times.