When you come on the ice for your child’s Pre-skate class you will be given a colour dot which assigns him/her to a group and an area of the ice. We usually have up to 15 children for one professional coach and an amateur Program Assistant with 3 groups on the ice. Our format for this Program age is play orientated with parent assistance. Parents can ‘wean’ themselves away when the children are ready. We encourage this with the 4-year-olds and the ones that show more independence, but we rely on ‘helping the parents’ help the skaters for the more timid ones. There is always a trial period and we have found that it takes 3 to 4 weeks for the skaters to get used to the idea of skating.