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Explorers Preschool will provide children their first positive educational experience. We follow the Saskatchewan Ministry Of Education- Play and Exploration early learning guide and use TimberNook outdoor curriculm. Classes run Sept-May following the catholic schol calendar.


Play is recognized as the child's method of learning about the world. Classes will offer a variety of firsthand experiences using play-based learning.


1.  Tuesday/Thursday 9:15 to 11:30 am class  Children must be at least three years old by November 30, 2023 and be fully potty trained to register in this class. 14 spots


2. Mon/Wed/Friday 9:15 to 11:30 am classs  Children must be at least three years old by November 30, 2023 and be fully potty trained to register in this class. 14 spots


Registration fee $ 140/year 

2 days a week is $ 120/month

3 days a week is $ 150/month


*All cheques made out to Explorers Preschool & BAS

Etransfer also accpeted


Play… Learn… Grow!


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All programs are offered on a fee for service use, with limited enrolment.  


2023 Registration is now open. Sign up below!

Please check out our Classroom tour here

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Preschool: TeamMember

Mrs. Giannios

Explorers' Lead Teacher

Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, I can appreciate the wonders our seasons have to offer in an outdoor classroom setting. Seeing my own children enjoy the outdoors through their preschool years has further supported that wonder. Now that my children are moving on to full-time formal education, I'm excited to be back in the classroom! Before having children, I have enjoyed many roles in several preschool classrooms in Saskatoon while completing my Early Childhood Educator Certification. I have stayed involved in early childhood education through music and movement at the dance studio and local community programs and hope to bring that creativity and physicality into the Explorers program. In 2023 I become a fully trained and certified TimberNook teacher and took over the role of lead teacher at Explorers Preschool.



Outdoor enrichment curriculum!

Explorers Preschool is the first school in Saskatchewan to be a certified TimberNook school. TimberNook provides nature-based play experiences for children that challenge the senses and inspire creativity, independence, and imagination in the great outdoors.

​​​​​​​TimberNook  curriculum gets children moving, exploring, and thinking in new creative ways that simply cannot be accomplished inside the classroom.  TimberNook  provides innovative outdoor play experiences for children that challenges the mind and body. 


The TimberNook weekly curriculum is restoring play and it’s benefits to education. Nature is the ultimate sensory experience!  These experiences allow children to participate and learn at their own pace.

Preschool: Testimonial

Shelley Bettker

Founder and Director

My name is Shelley Bettker. I am the founder of Explorers Preschool and Before and After School Care. I spent 10 years teaching at Explorers and now I am stepping back into a role of the director. I have a Bachelor of Education, ECE Level 2 and I am a TimberNook certificated teacher and provider. I love working with children and will help the teachers create lifelong learners. Explores preschool's environment and programming is designed to allow students to feel safe, comfortable, and confident. 


There really are no words to fully describe how wonderful Mrs. Bettker is. She has created the most beautiful preschool space, but the best part about the preschool really is the teacher. It is so evident that Shelley was born to work with young children. Her patience, enthusiasm and warm heart are so appreciated. I'm so thankful we have found her, and that she has been able to shine some of her beautiful heart on Lucy. She is everything and more we have hoped we would find in a preschool teacher. We can't thank her enough.

-Stefanie P.

As a kindergarten Teacher I have high expectations of what the ideal preschool should be. Mrs Bettker has exceeded my expectations and more. She is an amazing, caring, patient, and creative Teacher. She always goes above and beyond. Our daughter loved this preschool and Mrs Bettker. We are all sad to say goodbye but so thankful our daughter experienced a wonderful year of exploration and play. Thank you Shelley!!

-Dana H.

Mrs. Bettker is warm, welcoming, kind, and focused on inquiry learning in her classroom. She provided incredible opportunities in most aspects of my child's development including social, emotional, and academic skills. We are so very grateful for her positive care and kind leadership in the classroom.

-Chanel T.

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