Program Philosophy and Goals

Our Mission

Salto Gymnastics Preschool aims to provide a gymnastics and educational program that focuses on the total well-being of each child, in an atmosphere of movement, fun and play.

 Our Philosophy

We believe that an active mind grows from a strong, healthy body. Salto Gymnastics Preschool provides a semi-structured, safe and positive environment that is a balance between child-directed and adult-directed activities.  Activities and lessons focus on the whole child and therefore cover the areas of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development.

Our Objectives

-To teach the children Fun, Fitness and Fundamentals as outlined in the Canadian Gymnastics Program.

- To provide a quality program of activities that will enable the development of the whole child.

- To prepare the children for a smooth transition into Kindergarten.


Preschool Team

Preschool Program Manager: Kerri Cowell

Kerri is a licensed teacher who began her teaching career in 1995 serving children, their families and their communities around Alberta.  She has taught primarily grades one, two and three but has spent time with children of all ages.  Kerri finally found her home in the world of Early Learning in 2007 when she opened and taught in her own privately run Preschool.  She has a very strong background in early literacy and self-esteem building and has been a part of the gymnastics world since 2008.  Kerri joined Salto Gymnastics Preschool in 2015, as Preschool Manager and believes all learning can be fun and filled with joy and every child can feel success every day.

Kerri’s Certifications include: Bachelor of Education (UofA), Permanent Alberta Teaching Certificate, Child Development Supervisor Certificate, Level 1 Trained Gymnastics, Active Start Trained, Respect in Sport Certificate, Ethical Decision Making Course, First Aid & CPR Certificate.


Preschool Assistant Level II: Brittany Mulligan

Brittany has worked in a variety of positions at Salto gymnastics since 2006. It was through her experiences as a recreational coach that she discovered her passion for working with young children.  Brittany graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree, focussing her studies on Second Language Acquisition, specifically Spanish and French.  She treasures her time spent in the preschool room getting to know the students and encouraging each child to achieve their personal best. Brittany believes that growth and development through discovery and movement is an integral part of early childhood education.

Brittany’s Certifications include: Bachelor of Education (UofA), Interim Professional Teaching Certificate, Child Development Supervisor Certificate, Level 2 Certified in Gymnastics, Level 1 Certified in Trampoline, Active Start Trained, Rhythmic Gymnastics Trained, Respect in Sport Certificate, Ethical Decision Making Course, First Aid & CPR Certificate

Preschool Assistant Level I: Lori Hudson

Lori has been working with preschoolers since 2000 and has been with Salto Gymnastics Preschool since 2008.  Throughout the years, she has taken Early Childhood Development courses, volunteered in hearing impaired classrooms, ran a full time, licensed day home and become a certified gymnastics coach. Lori is a proud mother of three beautiful girls, two of which now coach at Salto as well.  Lori’s loving and playful nature is always apparent in the classroom.  She believes in fostering individuality and helping each child find his/her inner artist.

Lori’s Certifications include: Child Development Assistant Certificate, Level 1 Certified in Gymnastics, Active Start Trained, Respect in Sport Certificate, Ethical Decision Making Course, First Aid & CPR Certificate.


Register for Preschool

To register for preschool classes please call us at 780-449-1518 or stop by the office Monday to Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Note: There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50 per year

About Our Preschool

Daily Classroom Routine

Gymnastics45 minutes
Circle Time
15/20 minutes
Activity Time   
15/20 minutes
Snack 15 minutes
Play Time
30/45 minutes

15/20 minutes



Gymnastics: Throughout our program we will enhance your child’s health and well-being by developing the ABC’s of movement: Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. 

These fundamental movement patterns provide the foundation for all sports. Through age-appropriate activities and utilizing our gymnastics equipment, children will improve their gross motor skills, flexibility, strength and the ABC’s. They will also build self-confidence and social skills through their participation in physical activities. Children in the Active Start stage should see physical activity as a fun and exciting part of everyday life.


Literacy: Children learn to recognize letters and sounds using a well-developed program called Letterland.  Introductory pre-printing and printing activities will be offered on a regular basis. Children will also work on recognizing, tracing and printing their names.


Math Readiness: Children will be counting on a daily basis and working with numbers 1-10 in the Tots class and 1-20 in the Tykes class. They will be counting objects, making groups and completing pre-addition and pre-subtraction activities. Children will also be making and repeating simple patterns and completing shape activities.


Socialization: Although this area does not have many planned activities directly related to it, socialization and relationship building is a huge part of the Salto Gymnastics Preschool Program and is focussed on daily.  If you would like to know more about some of the ways in which we actively help children build healthy relationships and strong self-esteem in the classroom, please feel free to contact the Program Manager for more information.


Schedule for Classes


Tumbling Tots (Ages 3 & 4)

  • Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:30
  • Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-3:00
  • Children must be completely toilet trained prior to the start of the program
  • Children must be three years of age by December 31 of the current school year to enroll in the Tumbling Tots.

Tumbling Tykes (Ages 4 & 5)

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00-11:30
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:30-3:00
  • Children must be four years of age by March 1 of the current school year to enroll in the Tumbling Tykes.


All classes follow the Elk Island school calendar.


Contact Information:


Office hours:             Mon.-Fri.            9:00-4:30

             Sat.                        8:30-2:00


Preschool Extension 108


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