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Open from Feb 1, 2022 – Sept 30, 2022

Registration Fee:

Enrichment Fee:
$400 Payable as a lump sum or $40/month

Contact: Erin Murphy (Principal)
Phone number: 403-828-7865

Email Erin Murphy

Class Times

First Day of School:
September 8, 2021

Morning Class:
Mon – Fri 8:50 – 11:40 am

Afternoon Class:
Mon – Fri 12:45 – 3:35pm

Program Details

Foothills Creative Beginnings Kindergarten is funded by Alberta Education and follows their curriculum guidelines. As an independent program we participate in the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI). We receive a basic instructional grant from Alberta Education for each child that is registered as of September 30, 2022.

Fees may be paid in monthly instalments of $40/month, in 2 payments or in a lump sum. This fee covers field trips, supplies, and extra programs such as French and our cooking program.

Alberta Education provides a grant to families to transport their children who live more than 2.4 kilometers from the school. The school will receive these monies from Alberta Education and they will be paid to the parents in June, 2022. To date the total grant has been approximately $500. The continuation of this grant is dependent upon government policy. We will advise parents if there is any change in this policy.

Alberta Education Transportation Grant Application form

For further information about the kindergarten program Alberta Education’s website is at Click on Curriculum Handbooks.

Kindergarten Teachers

Tara Schimpf – Teacher, B.Ed

Hello, my name is Tara Schimpf, and I teach afternoon kindergarten. I am a passionate educator who believes that trusting relationships and positive early school experiences lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Creativity, discovery, and exploration are integral to my teaching practice. My professional experience is varied. I taught Kindergarten through grade two with the Calgary Board of Education for many years. I was also the teacher and founder of a Reggio-inspired program, Naturally Curious Preschool, here in Cochrane from 2013-2017. Additionally, I have enjoyed many years working alongside children and their families supporting Early Intervention Services with Foothills Creative Beginnings. As a mom to three busy children with various needs, I understand the importance of clear communication and a caring classroom environment. In my personal time, when I am not managing my family and our many pets, I might be found working in my garden, quilting on my sewing machine, exercising at Boot Camp or reading a good book in a quiet spot!

Sarah Roberts – Teacher, B.Ed

Hello, my name is Sarah Roberts and I teach the morning kindergarten. I completed my B.Ed from the University of Alberta. I have worked in many different communities and settings in and around Cochrane over the years the majority being with PUF programs. When I am not working or have time off I am usually travelling, looking for wildlife to photograph, taking my dog for walks/hikes and enjoying time with my family and friends.