About North Gower Cooperative Nursery School
NGCNS is located within the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, in North Gower Ontario. Our facility has been customized and tailored to meet the needs of our programs and our children.
Our nursery school has socially and cognitively oriented programs for children aged 18 months to four years old. We provide a well-planned, stimulating, healthy environment in which a young child can develop socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically. Creativity is encouraged through the provision of diverse materials, equipment and experiences that are not easily available in the home. In our 50 year history, NGCNS has provided quality programs for hundreds of children with the support of parents in the community, the Ministry of Education, and the City of Ottawa.
At the North Gower Cooperative Nursery School, children learn about themselves, their strengths and their limits. A degree of independence is fostered, and enough freedom is allowed that the children are able to express themselves in a way best suited to each. There are times to be messy, to relax, to cook, paint, build, read, sing, talk, complete a puzzle or do a craft. The doing is the important part, not the end result. Children learn to cope more effectively with their own feelings – to relax or control their emotions – knowing that an understanding adult will help when needed. They also realize, by being in a group of children their own age, that others share their fears, curiosities and pleasures. They learn to trust and confide in adults other than their own parent/guardian. They observe the interdependence of people and experience the need for co-operation.