Program Details

Age: We accept children aged 2 1/2 to 4 years of age 

Time: Our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Friday.

Class Size: The maximum number of children on a given day is 24.

Adult to Student Ratio: Our ratio is 1:5 or better. We have two E.C.E teachers daily who are supplemented with volunteer support from participating families who have children enrolled at the school. Depending on the number of children in attendance on a particular day, there may be anywhere from one to three family volunteers working with the teachers.

Enrolment Options: 2, 3, 4 or 5 mornings per week

School Year: The school operates from September to June, with statutory and seasonal holidays. 

Our Program: The program provides gently guided activities with a wide range of materials. Our theme based environment offers children the opportunity to explore and learn through many different avenues. Arts and crafts, dramatic play, gross motor and a learning circle are all part of a child's daily activities. Indoor and outdoor activities encompass a variety of developmental areas that help children flourish on a day to day basis.

Philosophy

Children learn and thrive with our “learning though play” school philosophy. Manor Road Co-operative Nursery School offers a warm and nurturing environment where teachers and co-operative parents work together to stimulate each child’s physical, social,emotional and intellectual growth, giving them a strong foundation from which to draw on throughout their lives.

A Typical Day At Manor Road Co-op

8:30 - 9:10 - Arrival/Free play in gym
The children and duty day parents arrive. Children are free to play in our gymnasium where several play areas are set-up. Different activities are provided to promote gross motor development (e.g. tricycles, balls, slide, an obstacle course). Children also have the choice to engage in other activities such as blocks, a sand table, a play rug with cars, dramatic play, and many others activities to promote children’s play and interaction.

9:10 - 9:20 - Welcome song/Story of the day 
After the play equipment is cleaned up, the children sit on the carpet with the teacher and sing a welcome song to greet each child. The teacher then reads a book aloud to them (related to the week’s theme). The children are also informed on what activities are set-up in the various learning centres before moving into the classroom.

9:20 - 10:05 - Learning centres/Free play in classroom
The classroom is well-equipped for playing/learning activities that are set-up in accordance to the weekly theme. Children are encouraged to engage in the learning centres, such as our dramatic play area, art easels, sensory and water tables, interest table (with theme related items), science and math activities, puzzle centre, listening centre, play dough table, blocks, chalkboard and reading area. Small groups work on various crafts and art projects with teachers and duty day parents at the tables to help develop fine motor skills, creativity and language. Children are encouraged to assist in tidying before moving to a new activity.

10:05 - 10:25 - Circle time
Children choose a book and read quietly until Circle time. During Circle Time, the children learn about and participate in discussions about the theme of the week, sing songs, and discuss the weather and calendar.

10:25 - 10:35 - Washroom routine
The children are assisted with toileting and hand washing before snack.

10:35 - 10:45 - Snack time
A healthy snack is provided and served at the snack tables. Children are expected to tidy away their own snack dishes.

10:45 - 11:30 - Outdoor Play
Weather permitting, the children go outside to play in our playground. Self help in dressing is always encouraged. If it is too rainy or cold, the children play in the gym.

11:20 - 11:30 - Dismissal
Children are picked up by parents in the playground or gym. (All times are flexible and approximate)

Program Enrichment

In addition to the above program we offer the following:

  • Specialized programs that occur on various days throughout the month and include:
    • music program that allows the children to participate in songs
    • sports program which introduces them to a variety of different sports in a non-competitive play based atmosphere
    • Spanish program
  • Field Trips:
    • trips to the Pumpkin Patch and Maple Sugar Bush are organized for the children. They travel by school bus with their parent or caregiver accompanying them, along with the teachers 
    • group walks to nearby places in the neighbourhood also offer educational opportunities for the children
  • Visitors:
    • the school arranges visits by people qualified to instruct the children on such topics as safety (e.g. fire department), health or music