Program Questions & Answers

How does entry into the program work?

Staggered integration into the school year commences following Labour Day Weekend.  All parents of registered students will be notified of the integration date for their child.  On the integration date, parents accompany their children to the school for the first class, to provide support and help with integration efforts.  This also provides parents with an opportunity to understand how the program operates, which will assist the parent in understanding the routine for duty days. The school year runs until mid-June. Holidays, as outlined below, coincide with those followed by the Ottawa Board of Education.

How does the Cooperative Approach work?

A co-operative nursery school is a family project with the parents/guardians and staff all interested in the same venture. The more the parents/guardians put into it, the more they will get out of the experience.

Our Executive is made up primarily of parent volunteers, please let the current President know if you are interested in volunteering on our Executive for an upcoming term.  Your involvement is welcome and appreciated!

Are there any Field Trips?

In order for a child to participate in any field trip, an Offsite Authorization Form must be completed and returned by the parent/guardian at time of registration. In addition, an individual authorization form will be distributed for each trip.  Our Junior & Senior Programs offer the following field trips per year and are subject to change from year to year:

Miller’s Berry Farm & Pumpkin Patch

Children look forward to our annual trip to Miller’s Berry Farm every year in the fall.  Parents need to drive and accompany their children and we all enjoy a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick our very own pumpkin.  After our wagon ride, we have a chance to sit down and enjoy a story and an apple, and then have some free time to wander and jump on the big bales of hay!

Valleyview Little Animal Farm

Our summer field trip to Valleyview Little Animal Farm is always so much fun for both our children and our parents!  Our crew are entertained with a puppet show, a ride through the fields on the train, they are also able to wander around and visit with the animals, and play in the wonderful children’s playground.  Bring a snack or pack a lunch and feel free to extend your day and enjoy everything that Valleyview has to offer!  Parents to provide transportation and accompany their children on this trip.

Strawberry picking at Foster Family Farm

What Holidays does the school recognize?

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas Break

Family Day

March Break

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Victoria Day

The school may close occasionally during the year because of exceptionally bad weather conditions; if in doubt, call the School. If school buses are not running, or if the School Boards close the schools, then the Nursery School is closed.

What should children wear to nursery school?

We encourage comfortable play clothes for indoor and outdoor activities, well suited for the weather conditions. Clothes should be washable so that your child does not have to worry about getting them dirty.

Each child needs to have a pair of soft shoes or slippers with non-slip/waterproof soles and an extra change of clothes to be brought in each day in their school bag – 2 to 3 children may be required to share a cubby during the week making it cumbersome to leave these items at the school for the duration of the week.

Anything that is to be taken off – mittens, hats, scarves, sweaters, and especially boots need to be labelled.

During the winter season, please ensure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing (ie. neck-warmers, hats, mittens, snow pants, etc.).

What kinds of snacks should I pack for school?

Each child is responsible for his own snack and drink. Any containers used need to be labeled and taken home on a daily basis to be cleaned thoroughly. Please send nutritious food in re-usable containers. We are a peanut/nut-free school, please ensure all snack are peanut/nut free. Please read labels! If an item is made in a factory that processes nuts/peanuts please do not send it to school. We do not permit sharing as some children have allergies.

Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend the school?

No, children do not need to be toilet trained to be able to attend the school.  We will encourage the use of the toilet for those children in the process of being trained. An adult will be present to assist in making this endeavor a successful one.

If a child needs to be changed, the teachers will do so.  Leave a few spare diapers in your child’s cubby, as well as a complete set of indoor clothing. Label all items as well as the bag they are to be stored in.

How do I alert the school about my child’s allergies?

If your child has an allergy, this needs to be indicated on the registration form.    Any allergies will be posted with details stating what the allergy is, the child’s name and an identifying picture, a likely reaction, and follow-up procedures.  This information will be posted at the child’s snack table.

Will the school administer medication if required?

If medication is required while a child is at the school, the parent must complete a Medical Authorization Form each time the medication is required.  This form can be obtained from the Program Director.  In cases of potential emergency such as asthma, anaphylaxis, allergy, parents can complete the Emergency Medication Authorization Form once, indicating the condition under which the medication may be used.  Parents must provide permission in writing for the nursery school staff to administer the medication if they see just cause to do so.  These medications must be kept in a place that is safe from the hands of children, or carried in a fanny pack by the teacher.  Medication must be labeled and in its original container.

What if I can’t afford the fees for the school?

The North Gower Cooperative Nursery School believes that preschool education should be available and accessible to all. The school maintains the lowest possible tuition fees in order to assist all families, including low income families, to gain better access to early childhood education. Volunteer cooperative responsibilities and yearly fundraising play a crucial role in this low-cost delivery of high quality programming.