Who We Are

Our mission and vision

We provide affordable, high quality child enrichment for preschool children in a supportive and nurturing environment.

We nurture the imagination and spirit of our children to enable them to be brave, kind and playful now and in the future

Our philosophy

We believe that children learn through play and experience. Our goal is to provide opportunities for children to grow and develop to his/her fullest potential through a variety of activities that highlight social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, with the guidance of qualified and experienced staff.

We will:

Provide a social/recreational program for children between the ages of three and five years of age, with focus on self-growth and the importance of the child’s well-being, built through relationships with other children and caring adults.

Provide an opportunity for all children to become aware of their own self-identity and to develop a feeling of adequacy and self-worth.

Obtain maximum physical growth and performance by improving the coordination of their large and small muscles.

Provide a fun atmosphere doing crafts, singing songs, going of field trips, playing with other children and enjoying an extensive array of creative and educational toys at a developmentally appropriate level.

Foster the development of the child’s intellect so he/she can initiate their own activities; learn to ask questions and discover answers and use language to comprehend and make verbal explanations.

Allow the children to become a contributing member in all areas of the Preschool.

Our Board of Directors

We are operated by a volunteer Board of Directors made up mostly of parents that have their children registered in the school. The Board is responsible for overseeing the administration, policy making, and various functions related to the operation of the school. Each spring at the Annual General Meeting, current parents will elect a volunteer Board of Directors for the following school year.

There are 10 board positions to fill each spring:

  1. Chairperson
  2. Vice Chairperson
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Field Trip Coordinator
  6. Fundraising Director
  7. Events Coordinator
  8. Volunteer/Recycling Coordinator
  9. Maintenance Director
  10. Registrar

Meet Our Outstanding Teachers

At Fuzzy Pickles Preschool our wonderful teachers provide days packed full of fun activities which promote the social and academic development of children. Whether your child is a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner, our activities will engage and inspire!

Ms. R (Richelle Rothecker)
Director / Teacher

Ms. R is a professional in the Child Care industry with 28 years of experience and holds a Child Development Supervisor certification from MRU.  Ms. R has been a Teacher at Fuzzy Pickles for going on 10 years but has been part of the broader family for over to 16 years, as her daughter attended Fuzzy Pickles, where at that time she volunteered on the board and in the classroom. Ms. R has two children, a son and a daughter, and raising her family, and being involved in their sports and schooling in Airdrie over the years has been her passion and focus. When Ms. R is not at school helping to shape the little minds of preschoolers, you will find her supporting the Airdrie community as a skating coach for the last 20 years.

“Teaching 3 to 5-year-old children is extremely fulfilling! I feel so lucky to be part of their growth, both mentally and emotionally, watching them accomplish new things, connect with others and getting them ready to move on Kindergarten is a very rewarding experience!”

Ms. M (Michelle Demers)
Assistant Teacher

Ms. M is a professional in the Child Care industry with 15 years of experience and holds a Child Development Assistant certification. Ms. M has been a teacher with Fuzzy Pickles for going on 9 years and has lived in Airdrie for 17 years. Ms. M has a son and has a soft spot for animals, especially her dog Koda.

“I love that each child is different and seeing their reactions as they meet developmental milestones is so rewarding. Building a rapport with each child and their parents is what I love most about teaching preschool!”