About Us

Our philosophy is that children learn best through play-based activities!

  • We believe that each child is an unique individual and learns at his/her own pace.
  • We provide an environment that stimulates curiosity, creativity, imagination and independence.
  • We provide opportunities to develop gross-and fine-motor skills.
  • We encourage social interaction and cultivate problem solving skills.
  • We have highly qualified teachers with strong early childhood  skills to help your child  develop.

Please note: Our staff is neither trained nor equipped to handle children with mental disabilities, or those who suffer serious emotional problems, or those with certain physical or medical conditions.  If your child has health issues, please discuss this with the teacher before registering.  If your child requires emergency medication or special care, an aide may be required to attend with the child.  There is Goverment funding available to parents in these situations but you are required to persue it before registering with our program. 

The following links offer information for children with special needs or who have English as a second language. You may want to consider alternative programming should your child require these services.



Our Teacher

Shirley Hiemstra has been with Woodcroft (formerly Dovercourt Playschool) for 22 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and has previously taught Kindergarten, and Grades 1, 2 and 5.  She also has Level 3 Certification (Child Development Supervisor) from Alberta Children's and Youth Services.

She has a passion for teaching young children and loves "playing" with them; facilitating their growth and development by leading them through fun and exciting "learn through play" experiences.  

Shirley has served several terms on the Edmonton Preschool Association's Board and regularly attends Conferences and Workshops to continually upgrade professionally. She has current Child Care First Aid Certification.

She has been nominated for the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.


Our Educational Assistant

Debbie Doyle has over 20 years of experience working with chldren  The first nine years of her career were spent working with children and families fleeing domestic violence.  The last thirteen years have been spent running an accredited day home.

Debbie enjoys working with young children.  Watching them grow and learn is her favourite part. She believes children learn best through play!

Debbie attends at least three workshops a year to continue her own learning journey and also to learn how to best help the children entrusted to her care.  She holds a current Child Care First Aid Certificate.