A Message From The Teachers

The North Gower Cooperative Nursery School has long been a place where the wonder of learning happens daily for all those who are a part of the program:  the children, teachers, and parents.  We are all learning from each other constantly.

The children are like little scientists, observing faces and body language and noticing all that happens around them.  The world of toddlers and preschoolers is one of extraordinary brain activity.  When children are engaged in purposeful play they are discovering, creating, improvising, and expanding their learning.   We teachers at NGCNS do work around a theme for each week or season as a place to start, however our job as educators is to facilitate play based learning and we do this daily and on an ever changing level, taking the children’s lead.

Evidence is accumulating that when there is an emphasis on social and emotional learning, with a special focus on positive adult-child interactions, children do well.  We work hard here to ensure that there is time spent with each child in a positive, stimulating and safe environment.  As an example, there is much joy gained in the moment where a child recognizes their name, or masters the ability to write the first letter of their name.   Sharing successes and helping a child to reach a goal whether it be physical, social, emotional, or cognitive,  all these achievements are a wonder to witness and a privilege to be a part of.

Watching the parents in their role as a member of a cooperatively based school is inspirational.

The executive member in particular deal with many issues throughout the year.  As a result of shared time and hard work,  those parents that are long gone from the school have maintained friendships for many years.  A sincere and heartfelt thank you to those of you in the past, as well as those of you presently who have invested so much time and energy in the school for our youngest members of society.   If only every child had this kind of love and support, what a wonderful world it would be.

The teachers so appreciate the support and the respect we receive for our knowledge and expertise through our years of experience with all the different aspects of our part in the operation of the school.

We love doing our work here, and hope  you choose to join us in this wonderful journey through early childhood learning.



This is my first year as Teacher and Director at NGCNS; however, it is not my first involvement with co-operative nursery schools. Since graduating from Algonquin College with diplomas in both Human and Community Studies and Early Childhood Education, I had the pleasure of working at BCCNS a cooperative Nursery School in Bells Corners. After having my third child (2 boys 1 girl) I decided it was time to find something closer to my home. I did not make the wrong decision as NGCNS is a hidden gem in the heart of North Gower. I am a creative and artistic individual who loves to bring my love of music and dance into the classroom. I have a fondness for learning and enjoy attending workshops and courses to continue my growth as a teacher. I have spent many extra hours studying Early Literacy as well as Inclusion in the Classroom. I have a love for the outdoors, books, Golden Retrievers and all things water related. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your family, -Miss Kate


Senior Program Teacher

I am Melanie Hawkins and this is my first year working at the Nursery School. I grew up in the North Gower/ Manotick area, and attended Algonquin College where I received my diploma in Early Childhood Education. When I’m not at the Nursery school, I’m at home, here in North Gower, raising my six children. Three of whom attended the Nursery School. We have made many friends and fond memories here! I’m so excited to be apart of the teaching staff this year at this wonderful school!