FAQs

Mini Movers is a fine arts club designed exclusively for children that are 2-5 years of age. Students will study dance, yoga, fitness, music, art and drama.

What can I expect from the program?

An experience that is active, educational and creative. It will build self- esteem and social skills in a positive and encouraging environment.

How is Mini-Movers different from a Preschool or Daycare?

Mini-Movers is a fun and active fine arts program that allows children to develop social skills and talents at a young age.  Children participate in dance, yoga, and fitness classes while enjoying drama, art and music lessons.   Each week the students will enjoy a theme such as animals, seasons or feelings and will learn alphabet, numbers and letters.  There are five separate classes each day filled with opportunity for imagination and creativity.

How old does my child need to be?

Level I: ages 2-3 (must be at least 2 years old the first day of program)
Level I is the perfect class for all 2 and 3 year olds that are new to non-parented programs.

Level II: ages 3-5 (must be at least 3 years old the first day of program)
Level II builds on skills learned in Mini Movers I and is appropriate for children at least 3 years of age with significant experience (at least 6 months) in a non-parented setting. Children must be fully potty trained.

Please note that we assess all of our students during the first few weeks and may make recommendations to transfer to level I or II, if appropriate. Our goal is to ensure your child has the best and most positive experience possible.

Do I drop my child off or is this a parented class?

This is not a parented class – you drop off your child for the 2-2.5 hours.  Parents will be invited to watch during designated Parent Viewing Weeks. (Viewing dates will be announced for each class.)

What can I expect during drop-off? Am I able to stay?

Our teachers are trained in child development and know how to deal with separation anxiety.  You will be encouraged to say your good-byes and allow the teachers to take your child to class. If this is your child’s first time in a non-parented setting, it will definitely take time for them to feel secure and comfortable. It is common for children to cry anywhere from 5-20 minutes for the first 4-6 weeks. If your child does not calm down after 20 minutes, we will be sure to contact you.

Integration Policy for Annual Programs

First class – Parents are invited to attend the first hour for a parent and tot class. If your child has siblings, they are more than welcome to attend this class. Children feed off their parent’s energy – when the parent is relaxed, the child is more likely to be relaxed as well.

After the 1-hour class, parents will leave and children will explore and interact with one another. The goal is to set your child up for success and build trust and confidence.

Second class – Parents will come in the room for 30 minutes for a parent & tot class and then we will sing our good bye song to the parents and ask that you leave the building.

Third class – Parents are welcome to bring the child into the classroom and have free play with their child for the first 5 minutes of class. The room will be open 10 minutes before your class begins so parents would have the opportunity to stay for 5-15 minutes of the class.

Fourth class – Parents say goodbye at the lobby area and the teacher brings the students back into the room.

What if my child has separation anxiety?

It’s perfectly normal for children to have anxiety and separation issues when they first begin. Our teachers are prepared to help your child adjust to this new dynamic of leaving mom or dad at the door. In the beginning, we give your child approximately 30 minutes to ease into the class.

Our teachers are well trained in comforting your child and easing them into the class. If your child is still upset and feeling scared, our teachers will call you. Usually within 3-4 drop offs, your child will understand the routine and will be comfortable with attending class independently.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

If you are enrolling your child in level I, they do not need to be potty trained. However, we do ask that you please send extra diapers and/or pullups with your child’s name on them.

In order to be eligible for Mini Movers II, children must be fully potty trained.

How many children are in the class?

We accept 12 students in each class, and we have two certified teachers working with the children. Our standard ratio is one teacher for every 6 children.

What is the background of the teachers?

All of our teachers have experience working with children ages 2-5. They all possess unique certifications, degrees and diplomas, and are passionate about working with this age group!

Is there a discount for registering for 2 day programs?

Participants that register for 2 day programs do not pay the registration fee and save $100 – $200.

Why is your program so expensive?

Please consider what you are comparing our program to. Our program is designed exclusively for this age group and our ratios are 1:6 as opposed to 1:10 in other programs. We have 2 teachers per 12 students and we are the only program in Calgary that currently accepts 2 year olds.

Do I have to pay the full amount at time of registration?

Although 12 week and 6 month programs must be prepaid at the time of registration, we have a monthly payment plan available for our annual programs. The first and last two months must be paid up front, and the remaining monthly payments (October-April) can be paid by post-dated cheques or credit card.

What does my child need for the class?

Please pack along diapers, a change of clothes and soft-soled footwear such as Robeez or ballet/dance shoes. Students also need a nut free snack in a lunch bag with their name on it. Please put your child’s name on all backpacks, lunch bags, reusable cups and diapers.

What if my child does not like the class, can I get a refund?

We are very confident in our program but if for some reason it is not a fit for your child we will place a credit on your account. In the event that this happens, withdraw must take place within 30 days of program start date. Due to the limit of space in each program, we do not offer refunds.

Can I make up a class if I miss one?

Unfortunately all of our classes are full and at a capacity that does not allow children to make up classes. Refunds and credits are not provided for missed classes.