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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.

The school is a non-profit, self-supporting, co-operative venture that depends on tuition fees, fundraising revenue, a small township grant, and a small direct operating grant from the Ontario government to pay its way. With the exception of the teaching and cleaning staff, all work in the organization is voluntary.

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.

Child Little Dude

“I have had both my boys go through the North Gower Cooperative Nursery school. I cannot say enough good things about the program, I found them both so well prepared for Kindergarden with essential skills that were needed. The teachers are amazing, and work with you and your child to make the best experience for everyone. Most importantly, how much fun they always had, the beautiful crafts, activities, songs and stories that were always planned. They bonded so well with teachers and gained great social skills with new little friends. I can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough for the program and re live it all over again.“

Emma Kewley


“Our daughter loved going to the North Gower Nursery School from day one.  She loved the crafts, the singing, stories and all the activities.  She gained confidence, independence and relationship building skills in a wonderful and fun environment. The teachers are so warm and caring with all of the children.”

Nadine Campbell


What We Have Achieved

Happy Preschoolers

Years Fostering Growth