KEY Philosophy

Social, Emotional, & Intellectual Development

While fostering social and emotional learning, we teach children essential skills and concepts for long-term success in highly selective schools. Current research shows that children achieve the best results academically, emotionally, socially, physically, and artistically when they develop a balance of these intelligences. KEY teachers know that self-regulated learning is also critical to success in today’s education system and they strive to help young children regulate their learning. Studies have shown that a child who starts ahead in kindergarten will most likely retain that edge all through school. We not only help children get ready for Kindergarten but prepare them to be successful in exceptional schools.

KEY Educators

The best for your child

We strive to provide the best program in B.C. for early-years students by employing and training highly qualified educators, providing a top-tier curriculum, small class sizes, and working closely with families. KEY teachers ensure that children are engaged in interesting and skill-developing activities while building confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem and well-being in each child.

KEY Families

Essential teacher connections

Families are the first and most important teacher for children. We know our families are looking for more than a regular daycare, pre-school, or tutoring company. We offer a safe and happy place nurturing the whole child by fostering social and emotional well-being through strong bonds with our families. Assessments for our students are conducted each semester, enabling families to have a balanced look at a child’s abilities and potential areas of improvement. We also provide parent information sessions and workshops on how to support your child’s learning.

KEY Early Years Programs

We personalize learning experiences for every student, developing materials and activities based on interests and developmental needs of our students. Every program contains activities to develop social, emotional, and intellectual growth to ensure success in top schools. We incorporate yoga, dance, games and activities to teach children to be environmentally responsible while developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

KEY Early Years is introducing a new subject-focused program for group classes. These highly-focused small group sizes provide enriched learning experiences for students. Following the three competencies of the BC Curriculum including: Communication, Personal and Social Skills, and Thinking Skills, this program is essential to your child’s deep, lifelong learning. These group classes are designed to target the subject areas that are most needed for children preparing to enter into private school education. Through our initial assessment we will determine the type of classwork needed to engage children in learning so that they develop the skills and knowledge needed to function in today’s world.

KEY Benefits:

  • Smaller class ratio 4:1
  • More individual attention in a smaller class
  • STEAM and inquiry-based teaching approach · Accelerated learning
  • Our teachers have experience teaching to various levels within the classroom
  • Curriculum is geared toward private school preparation and readiness

KEY Learning Levels

Children come to KEY with different knowledge levels:

Seal - Beginner Learner. Child not having prior exposure to education, or opportunities to build social emotional awareness, children at this level need direct support from the teacher.

Dolphin - Emergent Learner. Child has beginning stages of some education and may even have some social emotional skills, but still needs direct support from the teacher.

Beluga - Meeting Expectations. Child is meeting the developmental learning level and can do some work independently. These children need the support to learn beyond their current level to meet expectations of Private School Assessments.

Orca - Advanced Learner. Child is advanced in his age and grade level, and needs support through Assessment Prep classes, but also to carry on the supported learning needed to continue with the growing demands of today’s digital world. Every class will incorporate KEY’s 6 C’s: creativity, curiosity, character, collaboration, confidence, and critical thinking.

Every class will incorporate KEY’s 6 C’s: creativity, curiosity, character, collaboration, confidence, and critical thinking.

KEY Curriculum

Success for each child

KEY educators write, record, create, and continually evaluate our materials to ensure we meet the needs and interests of our students entering schools in B.C. Our curriculum draws from the wealth of research on early years development, the new B.C. curriculum, and specific methodology to integrate social and emotional learning in everything we do. Students learn academic basics such as language development, phonics, basic math, small and large motor skills, hand-eye coordination, science, technology, computational thinking, and more.

Programming offered:

*Child’s outcome once they have completed all 4 levels.

Reading and Writing

Letter and Word Awareness is the ability to identify individual written letters and words. Once children are able to identify printed letters, they develop the ability to identify entire words. The entire developmental progression from letter awareness to word awareness to fluent reading typically begins around age three with letter awareness and continues through age seven with fluent reading. Children are expected to understand that words are groups of letters separated by spaces on either side.

Learning Outcomes*

  • Child will read all 26 letters
  • Child will understand each letter sound(s)
  • Child will know how to properly write each letter
  • Child will know how to read and write their own name
  • Child will develop better fine motor skills

Listening and Speaking

Auditory processing is the ability to recognize, interpret, and analyze spoken language. Strong auditory processing skills are critical components of activities in the classroom. Children must be able to follow a teacher’s lead and successfully interact with others.

Learning Outcomes*

  • Child will be able to listen attentively to the teacher
  • Child will be able to follow simple instructions
  • Child will be able to focus on the task at hand
  • Child will develop their auditory processing skills by following multi-step directions
  • Child will be able to independently solve basic problems


There are various skills required for math and number awareness. Children are introduced to a wide variety of math and number activities to establish an important foundation for more advanced math activities that will be introduced in primary school.

Learning Outcomes*

  • Child can count to 30
  • Child can count a group of up to 20 objects
  • Child can create a complex pattern
  • Child to learn numeral identification
  • Child to learn to understand basic concepts such as size, shape, and making comparisons


Scientific knowledge helps us explain the world around us, such as why water evaporates and plants grow in particular locations, what causes disease, and how electricity works. Scientific inquiry provides the opportunity for children to develop a range of skills and a natural curiosity of the world around them. These are essential skills to engage students in learning.

Learning Outcomes*

  • Being able to make observations about the world around them
  • Engage in simple investigations like the life cycle of a plant
  • Share and listen to classmate’s opinions 
  • Raise relevant questions
  • Take part in simple experiments
  • Learn to use technology

Arts/Music/Social Emotional

Children need a learning environment where they feel safe and comfortable to help them concentrate on learning. Teaching arts in the early years has been proven to significantly impact cognitive development, increase self-esteem, and actively engage everyone in learning. This unrestricted exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun.

Learning Outcomes*

  • Child to explore, observe, and imitate how things operate
  • Child to be able to separate from parents with ease
  • Child to share materials and take turns
  • Child to demonstrate empathy and caring
  • Child to learn and practice skills like patterning and cause and effect
  • Child to learn proper tripod grip through fine motor activities
  • Child to learn to use critical thinking skills by making a mental plan of what they intend to create and follow through on their plan

Assessment Prep Program

The Assessment Prep Program is specifically designed to prepare children for their private school assessment. Children follow a rigorous program that takes them beyond their level to be as ready as possible for the assessment process. The program is based on the latest understanding of private school admission requirements.

Prerequisites for the Program

  • Separates readily from parents
  • English readiness
  • Writes their own name
  • Letter recognition for the full alphabet (upper and lower case) as demonstrated at KEY
  • Demonstrates proper classroom etiquette
  • Basic math skills (numbers to 30, counting correspondence, patterns, simple addition and subtraction)

Learning Outcomes

  • Able to initiate conversation with peers during free play, without being prompted by teacher
  • Able to problem solve between peers
  • Collaborate ideas and share materials in a group setting
  • Able to actively listen, showing respect in the classroom and following simple directions
  • Showing good manners like “please” and “thank you”
  • Shows a level of confidence when interacting with peers
  • Can display a natural curiosity to learn more about topics of interest by making careful observations and engaging in simple investigations
  • Able to demonstrate self-motivated creativity through unrestricted exploration