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 preschool settings working with children of various ages. 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)

Bio coming soon…

Teacher / Friday Program

Janice Thornton, RECE

Assistant Teacher "Mrs. T"

Janice is an Early Childhood Educator with over 2 decades experience in child cares, Nursery schools and with Toronto District School Board. Janice is also a Resource Consultant with experience in running programs with Community Living in Inclusion Programs for children with special needs.

Janice has a passion for working in the community through the daily food bank, women’s shelter and the healthy snack program at her daughter’s school. When not working, Janice loves the outdoors and camping. She loves spending time with her family and walking.

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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