Little Friends Nursery Centre has high quality, caring and committed staff. Each room has a primary teacher and a teaching assistant. Current criminal record checks and vulnerable sector searches are completed for all staff. In addition, staff must maintain a minimum Level I childcare certification and First Aid/CPR certification.
Kelly Petryk – Toddler Room Teacher
Kelly and her family have lived in Crestwood for the past 23 years. She has two sons, Max (21) and Renn (19), who both attended Little Friends Preschool. Kelly has participated with the school as a parent, board member, PS assistant and is currently the teacher in the Toddler Room. She completed her education degree at the University of Alberta. While not at Little Friends, Kelly spends her time with her family and volunteering in and around the community. Entering her fourth year as the Toddler Room teacher, she is excited to expand on her outdoor classroom, classroom garden and the ever changing opportunities each new year brings!
Wendy Bit – Toddler Room Assistant
Wendy comes to Little Friends this year as the Toddler Room Assistant. Wendy has many years
experience with children of all ages. She has been a Sunday Community Living Preschool
Teacher, Preschool Dance & Drama Teacher, and a Volunteer Girl Guide Leader. She is also the
proud mother of four beautiful and amazing young ladies. Wendy loves to sing, dance and
explore nature outside. Let’s Play!.
Ashleigh Bit – Playroom & Playschool Teacher
Ashleigh is the Playschool and Playroom Teacher. She has been with Little Friends since 2019. Ashleigh currently holds her Level 2 and is finishing off her Early Education Diploma. When Ashleigh isn’t busy with school, she enjoys getting outside, reading and drinking tea. Ashleigh is excited to play, create and explore!
Marie Ulliac – Playroom & Playschool Assistant
Marie has a long history with Crestwood Community and Little Friends. She and her husband raised 4 children here, 3 of whom are Little Friends alumni! Prior to that, she worked as a Teacher Assistant with Edmonton Catholic Schools, mainly in Kindergarten, Special needs and ESL. Marie is always excited to be part of the team that provides your little ones with a safe and happy learning time at preschool. She especially enjoys running into Little Friends families around the neighbourhood; don’t be shy to say Hi!
What is Expected of My Child & I?
For a detailed explanation please download our Polices & Procedures Handbook
Students are expected to observe basic respect for others. No rough physical contact or verbal abuse is tolerated. All families will sign a conduct policy agreement.
Students are expected to arrive for class on time and be picked up immediately after class finishes. Late students will be admitted to the classroom at the teachers’ discretion. Please be courteous and remove all wet or dirty shoes before going on the stairs. The children are required to use these stairs to access the gym so we want them kept as clean as possible.
All families contribute to Little Friends by fulfilling one volunteer position per enrolled child over the school year. Due to Covid-19, all in class parent participation has been suspended until further notice. The board and teachers may require volunteer positions that would be independent of classroom participation.
A snack for toddler room and playroom students will be provided by a parent from each classroom. The snack should include 2 to 3 items from different food groups, cannot be homemade and must be brought in whole. Please no nuts or meat products. Some examples of snack include:
- Fruit (i.e. banana, pear, apple)
- Cheese sticks & crackers (goldfish are a favourite)
- Digestive biscuits, Arrowroot cookies, animal crackers
- Mini fruit or bran muffins, banana, date or applesauce breads
- Yogurt cups or tubes (please supply spoons if needed)
- Raisins or dried fruit
Please note that if your child has a food allergy you must indicate the allergy on your registration form and inform the Registrar and Roster Board Member.
Play school students will bring in their own snack as part of their preparation for kindergarten.
There is currently no Roster Duty due to Covid-19.
Field trips are cancelled due to Covid-19. Teachers will be encouraging gross motor play outdoors, and will give advance notice. Please dress your child appropriately for warm or cold weather. Teachers will ensure that students are dressed in whatever items they were sent with that day (i.e.: hat, mitts, scarf, snow pants).
All children in the Toddler Room are required to wear diapers or pull-ups. Many students are in midst of toilet training, but it takes time to get to the bathrooms. Please ensure the backpack contains a minimum of 3 diapers/pull ups and an extra change of clothing.
Little Friends Nursery Centre Society 2023-2024 Board of Directors
President: Lindsay Jo Pawlyk
Vice-President: Tara Krys-Pringle
Treasurer: Sally McInnis
Registrar: Shyloe Slatter
Personnel: Christine Chan
Communications: Jessica DeSerres
Church Liaison: Nikki Lubemsky
Roster: Kyra Leuschen
Supplies: Sarah Lamb
Special Events: Laura Butcher
Volunteer Coordinator: Daniella Clonfero
Members at Large: Morgan Wheaton, Erin Nikolic, Jade Comeau, Shaun Tyson