Learning Through Play and Exploration

Muppets Co-operative Preschool

Our Mission

At Muppets Co-operative Preschool our mission is to foster learning through play and exploration and build confidence while encouraging collaboration with others. We advocate a strong sense of community through committed family involvement.

Teacher Bios

Supervisor / Teacher

Barbara Keenliside, RECE

Supervisor "Mrs. K"

Barbara is an Early Childhood Educator with over 2 decades experience in child care settings working with children of various ages. Barbara has been part of Muppets family since 2012, taking on the Supervisor role in 2015. The energy, enthusiasm and creativity she brings into the classroom promotes a healthy learning environment. Barbara takes every opportunity to provide positive experiences for the children in the classroom in their day-to-day interactions.

Barbara has a passion for dance and shares it with others by teaching and inspiring children, adults and seniors at various local dance studios. When not working, Barbara enjoys reading, baking and spending time in nature.

Program Support Staff

Thijs Beijer

Program Support Staff "Mr. Beijer" (Mr. Bear)

My name is Thijs Beijer. I have been a stay at home Dad for the last 9 years. I have been lucky enough to have 2 boys go through the Muppets program. I loved my time volunteering and jumped at the chance to continue being involved.

Teacher / Friday Program

Laura Mitchell, RECE

Assistant Teacher "Mrs. Mitchell"

Laura is a recent high honours graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at Sheridan College and is thrilled to bow be a part of the inclusive environment at Muppets. Laura is familiar with the program thanks to her own children being Muppets graduates. During that time, Laura served on the board and was an active parent in the classroom.

Laura believes children to be wonderfully curious and capable individuals deserving of respect and opportunity to expand their learning through play in an atmosphere of community. She brings a loving and playful energy to her interactions with the children.

Outside of the preschool, Laura enjoys reading, traveling, listening to podcasts and spending time with family and friends.

Muppets history

Our History

Muppets was founded by a group of parents who were looking for a co-operative preschool experience for their children in south east Burlington. Opening its doors in 1975 it was originally named Happy Tots and operated out of a church basement on New Street. In 1977 the name was changed to Muppets Co-operative Preschool.

Muppets relocated a few times between 1980 and 1987, making its final move in 1988 to its current home – Appleby United Church.

Preschool facility

Our Facility

Muppets occupies two bright and colourful classrooms on the second floor of Appleby United Church. There is a gym/auditorium on the main level which is used for physical activities and special events, such as our Christmas Open House, Mother’s Day Tea and Father’s Day Brunch.

Appleby United Church is located in a wonderful, quiet neighbourhood, close to parks and green space. The program benefits from this location by outings to the Breckon Park’s playground and the ‘Secret Forest’ off Wilson Street.

Muppets red bag

Muppets Red Bag

The Red Bag has long been a symbol of Muppets Preschool. Each child is given one on the first day of school in September. Each day, the children bring their Red Bags to school with their snack and a change of clothes. Each child has a labelled hook in the hallway where their Red Bag hangs during the school day. The Red Bag is returned at the end of the school year.

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