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Calgary's most innovative preschool! Our experience, education and passion in the field of Early Childhood Education has given us the opportunity to design a program that is guided by the Alberta Early Learning Curriculum Framework, and draws inspiration from The Reggio Emilia Approach. A program that will ignite children's sense of wonder and curiosity,
The Akidemy Way!


About Us

AKIDEMY was established in 2014 by Tristan Katz and Dina Ottoni-Battistessa. We understand the importance of providing an environment where children feel safe and secure. Providing the highest level of education and care for your child in a warm, nurturing and safe environment is our passion.

We are closely tied to the Early Childhood and Education programs at Mount Royal University, delivering workshops and mentoring students through their studies and practicums. As founding members of the Alberta Preschool Advocacy Association, advocacy work is very important to us as leaders in our field and programs. 

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Our Philosophy

At AKIDEMY, we don’t rush childhood. We honor children by giving them the time and opportunities they need to develop at their own pace, in their own unique way.  We value children as competent and capable; full of curiosity and knowledge.

Our approach is thoughtful and balanced. It is also developmentally appropriate and based on best practices in our field. We blend together the Reggio Emilia Approach and the Emergent Curriculum philosophy, which reflects our commitment to helping children, lay the best possible social, emotional, physical and cognitive foundations.

We nurture and challenge, support and encourage, listen and engage. We care about what children think, how they feel, and what they have to say about their world. We are dedicated to providing children with a rich and stimulating environment that supports their growth in every way. Put simply, we are passionate about 3-6.  It’s what we do; it is who we are.

Programming is determined by projects based on children’s discussions, community or family events, as well as the known interests of the children.  Throughout a project, teachers help children explore the direction of study, the ways in which the group will investigate the topic, the medium to be used to demonstrate their learning and make it visible all the while ensuring children are exposed to opportunities for development in areas such as fine motor, literacy, music, gross motor, creative expression, science, numeracy, and social/emotional.

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