A place where amazing things Get Done!

We are a licensed child care provider, as we strive to not only meet but exceed all guidelines for the childcare industry. We are not the closest proximity provider to many of our families but have been the provider of choice for most families in the area. We offer the highest level of care by the most qualified and experienced staff at the most affordable price in the community. We are driven by pride in our program and not profit which has created the loyalty and trust we are so grateful to have within the communities we have programs.

1st Class offers a wide variety of developmentally appropriate programs for children with a blended approach combining a learn through play philosophy, lots of physical activity and an introduction to new experiences and curriculum supporting materials and activities.

Group Play

It is a time for story and language development, music and movement activities, and other varied learning experiences.

Dramatic Play

Our programs all have a pretend and learn area devoted to developing a child’s sense of “make believe”.

Before & After Grade 1-6

Our before and after-care programs go well beyond homework help. We support children in becoming the kindest, most capable, and most resilient version of themselves.

Daycare - Ages 19 months & Up

We offer the highest quality care with exceptional long-term staff and management. The single most important ingredient in our program is how our experienced educators relate to the children in our care. At 1st Class it is our mission to make every child feel happy, safe and free to explore and learn, which we achieve through a programming designed specifically to meet the needs of each child, we provide tons of opportunities to engage in STEM, play, physical activities, literacy, clubs, and more.


With regular outdoor time and planned indoor activities, our children experience a world of movement, dance and recreation.


Books allow children to enter a world of “make believe” and learn about new and exciting things.

Kindergarten Care

Our programs use a curriculum that is individualized to every age, with planned activities that combine learning and fun to create happy, curious kids. Our Kindergarten program offers programming that is designed to complement what they are learning in their classroom while still Playing, Growing, Learning & Having fun with weekly themes based on their interests.


At 1st Class, we use emergent curriculum to explore fresh approaches to find a good fit for each child. We implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is designed to stimulate the children through creating unique learning experiences, promoting physical literacy, enhancing creative expression while supporting emotional and social needs through positive role modelling and supportive and sensitive interactions. The curriculum is a flexible and dynamic program that begins with discovering each child’s interests. It invites children to discover more, dig deeper and construct further knowledge

Our Location

Centre Hours

    • Monday-Sunday: 6:00am - 7:30pm

Preschool Hours

    • Monday-Friday: AM Class 9:00am - 11:30am
    • Monday-Friday: PM Class 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Preschool Fees

  • 1 Day/Week: $150
  • 2 Days/Week: $225
  • 3 Days/Week: $300
  • 4 Days/Week: $375
  • 5 Days/Week: $425
  • Registration Fee: $75

  • Centre Fees

  • Daycare:
  • Full time: $1100 / Month
  • Part time: $875
  • 12-18 Months:
  • Full time: $1300 / Month
  • Part time: $1000
  • Daily Drop In: $12.50/hour up to a maximum of $75/day

  • Kindergarten Care: incl/transport to school $875

  • OSC (grades 1-6): incl/transport to school $625

  • Communities Serviced

    New Brighton, Auburn Bay, McKenzie Lake, Mahogany, Cranston

Holly Norem

Centre Director

Ms. Holly joined the 1st Class Preschool team over 6 years ago and has led our preschool and childcare programs at Heritage pointe, the 130th location and is now heading our Shawnessy location. Ms. Holly has been a childcare provider, a Director of a large childcare organization in Calgary and we are so proud to have her as part of our 1st Class Team as she is truly a 1st Class Educator.

She is not only the exceptional mother to two girls, but she also has her highest level of Early Childhood Education and a long career in the industry, bringing her years of experience to build the exceptional program within the 1st Class - Shawnessy location. Holly's creative skills are unmatched, and she is always finding new and innovative ways to motivate and inspire children to learn through their play and to support staff to provide the highest quality of care in the industry.

Sonia Smith

Floor Supervisor/Preschool Lead

Meet Ms. Sonia! Ms. Sonia has been with 1st Class since its inception. Her 20 plus years’ experience in Early Childhood Education as well as her highest level of Early Childhood Education allows her to create a program that supports children in exploring and discovering the world around us, overcoming barriers, building positive relationships, and developing strong confidence and essential life skills.

Ms. Sonia is passionate about engaging the children in opportunities that encourages them to use their skills and develop their imagination, while providing a welcoming and stimulating environment. When Ms. Sonia is not in the program creating an environment that nurtures young minds, she spends her time with her family camping, watching movies and relaxing.

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