Metcalfe Cooperative Nursery School

Our Programs

Following the traditional school year our Cooperative Toddler Program (18m+) and Preschool Program (2.5 yrs+) run from September through mid-June.  In the summer we offer Kindercamps, 4-weeks of themed camps for children 3.5 – 7 years. Some of our staff have worked with the preschoolers of MCNS for two generations! We select our teachers for their skills, education, teaching style and experience within early childhood education. To learn about our current teaching staff, please visit our About Page.

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden.”

Why Cooperative?

While participating in our Cooperative programming, families are assigned roles along with occasional duties. Each of our semi-annual fundraising events is run by cooperative parent committees.

The cooperative model offers high-quality education within a supportive community of parents and professionally qualified teachers. We believe that children excel by learning through play in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Toddler Program

18 months – 2 ½ years
Tuesday & Friday
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sept – mid-June

Encouraging independence
Exploring their environment
Developing language
Individual goals

Preschool Program

2 ½ years – 4 ½ years
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
9:00 AM – noon / 1:00 PM
Sept – mid-June

Socialization
Pre-reading and pre-math skills
Creative, imaginative, cognitive and motor skills
Kindergarten prep

FAQs

When do the programs run?

Toddler Program
18 months – 2 ½ years
Tuesday & Friday
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sept – mid-June

Preschool Program
2 ½ years – 4 ½ years
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
9:00 AM – noon or 1:00 PM
Sept – mid-June

 

What is the cost?

2019/2020 Tuition*
(10% sibling discount applies to the second tuition)
Toddler Program: 2-days/week: $190 per month
Preschool Program: 2-days/week: $166 per month
Preschool Program: 3-days/week: $220 per month

Registration fee: $55 per family

* Our fee structure is subject to review each year and therefore subject to change. If there is a discrepancy between fees listed on our website or in any other location and fees communicated by our Rural Family Connections Office, the fee information provided directly through our office overrides that of any other source.

We issue Childcare Tax Receipts for each child’s tuition. In addition, Metcalfe Cooperative Nursery School is part of the registered charity, Rural Family Connections. Therefore, a portion of each child’s tuition fees is eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

What are your class sizes & ratios?

Toddler Program
10 toddlers maximum
1:4 ratio

Preschool Program
24 children maximum
1:5 – 1:8 ratio, depending on class size

Do you support potty training?

Children in diapers are welcome in both our Toddler and Preschool programs. Teachers support toilet training efforts.

How much volunteer work is involved?

This will vary based on the role you agree to upon registration.

All families will assist with a role at each of our semi-annual fundraising events. Preschool parents will have a scheduled duty day (approximately once per month in 18/19). Preschool helping parent roles include bringing snacks, cleaning bathrooms and the occasional load of laundry.

How do I register my child?

Please read our Parent Handbook and then download our 2019/2020 Registration Form.

For assistance, please contact Rural Family Connections at (613) 821-2899 by email at liveandlearn@bellnet.ca

Do you accept registrations year-round?

It is our preference to have children attend by the term, starting in either September or January, however, we do accept mid-term registrations. Please contact us for details.

Register for MCNS

Our school year runs from September through mid-June each year. Registration begins in May and continues through September. After September, spaces may still be available. Call us to discuss your needs anytime, no matter how late in the school year! TUITION FEES are listed in the current year’s Registration Form (see below).

Step 1: Call us to discuss your needs.

Step 2: Request a copy of our Member Handbook. This Handbook will provide you with information about our school, its programs and other aspects of being a member of the Metcalfe Cooperative Nursery School, including your responsibilities as a member of a “co-op”.

Step 3: Once you’ve decided to proceed with the registration, please complete the following:

Submit these, along with your $55 non-refundable registration fee and post-dated cheques for the school year, as described in the Registration Form. Bring your registration materials to the Nursery School during program hours (8140 Victoria Street, lower level) or to our Rural Family Connections office at 8243 Victoria Street, Lower Level.

Step 4: Submit a A Police Records Check form as required by the Ministry of Education, along with the Director’s Fee Waiver Letter directly to your local Police Services Station as part of becoming a member at our school. Please refer to the Police Records Check Procedure for full instructions.  You can also apply for an on-line PRC by following this link:  https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/Online-Police-Record-Checks.asp

Note: There is a fee for the Police Records Check. As a volunteer, you can have this fee waived by requesting a Fee Waiver Letter from the school Director.   Call us to request a Fee Waiver Letter.

Summer Camp!

MCNS KinderCamp is a summer camp program for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years. Beginning in July, Kindercamps runs over 4 individual weeks, each with it’s own special theme. Children participate in a variety of activities including outdoor and indoor creative play, crafts, science activities and games. KinderCamp provides quality care for your child in a safe and stimulating environment along with summertime fun!

KinderCamp 2020

KinderCamp is a July summer camp program for children aged 2.5 to 7 years. We include lots of outdoor play, crafts and science activities. Registration begins during March break and continues until the spaces are filled. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindercamp schedules and registration details will be available in Spring 2020. Please check back here for details or contact us to get on our mailing list. 

Register for Kindercamp

To register for KinderCamp, complete the following (the KinderCamp 2019 Registration form will be available in March):

Bring your registration materials and fees to our Rural Family Connections office at 8243 Victoria Street, Lower Level. Registration is confirmed when your child’s form and fees are delivered.

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