Welcome to our Preschool!

We are very excited to be a part of the New Brighton Community in SE Calgary! We are located on the upper floor of the New Brighton Club in the heart of the New Brighton Community.

Our tailored focus to the development of the whole child means that every child will find a happy home here. In keeping with this philosophy, the program is designed to offer children the freedom to choose from a variety of experiences such as, play, craft time, and circle time which provides stimulating and interesting opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills, as well as build confidence at their own individual pace.

We have two 3-year-old programs and two 4-year-old programs. Each program has a minimum of two qualified teachers with over 30 years combined experience. We include professional music and yoga classes as part of our monthly programs for all classes. We also take every advantage of our huge outdoor play spaces behind the security of the locked gates of the New Brighton Club.

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.


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 research based curriculum that is individualized to every age, with planned activities that combine learning and fun to create happy, curious kids.

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Preschool Schedule

  • 3-year-old AM Class: 9:15am - 11:15am
    Tuesday & Thursdays
  • 3-year-old PM Class: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Tuesday & Thursdays
  • 4/5-year-old AM Class – 9:15am - 11:15am
    Monday, Wednesday & Fridays
  • 4/5-year-old PM Class – 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Monday, Wednesday & Fridays

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Holly Poley

Lead Preschool Teacher

Ms. Holly is both morning and afternoon teacher for the 3 and 4-year-old Programs. She brings over 25 years’ experience in Early Childhood Development and a program that reflects her expertise. Ms. Holly has a talent for recognizing and fostering the children's natural abilities and helping them to overcome their challenges. She inspires children through her creativity and adapts her programs, learning experiences and activities to suit the needs of each child in her class.

She keeps the children motivated and interested in topics with her innovative ideas and a clear understanding for how children learn. When Ms. Holly is not in the preschool program providing the children with a quality program rich in experiences and opportunities, she loves to spend quality time with her family, gardening, baking and loves to travel.

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Sonia Smith

Lead Preschool Teacher

Ms. Sonia is both morning and afternoon teacher for the 3 and 4-year-old Programs and 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 contribute to and enhance our preschool's child centred, play based program. 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.

Ms. Sonia not only creates an environment that supports the children’s overall growth and preparedness for their next steps of education, she ensures that the environment enables every child to have a positive early educational experience. When Ms. Sonia is not in the preschool nurturing young minds, she spends her time with her family camping, watching movies and relaxing.

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