Metcalfe Cooperative Nursery School

        COVID-19 Procedures

            Please review the Safety Guidelines before applying for nursery school programs.

This document will be reviewed and revised as new information is shared by the Ministry of Education and Ottawa Public Health.

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 KinderCamp, 4-weeks of themed camps for children 2.5 – 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
Sept – mid-June

Pre-Reading and Pre-Math skills
Creative, imaginative, cognitive and motor skills
Kindergarten prep


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
Sept – mid-June


What is the cost?

2021/2022 Tuition*
(10% sibling discount applies to the second tuition)
Toddler Program: 2-days/week: $195 per month
Preschool Program: 2-days/week: $175 per month
Preschool Program: 3-days/week: $235 per month

Registration fee: $75 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
1:3 – 1:5 ratio, depending on class size

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. Before the Covid Pandemic, Preschool parents had a scheduled helping parent day (approximately once per month). Preschool helping parent roles include bringing snacks, cleaning bathrooms and the occasional load of laundry.

Please note:  During the 2021 Covid Pandemic there will be no helping parent days as access to the indoor space is limited to students & teachers.

How do I register my child?

Please read our Parent Handbook and then download our 2021/2022 Registration Form.

For assistance, please contact Rural Family Connections at (613) 821-2899 by email at

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 $75 non-refundable registration fee and post-dated cheques for the school year (e-transfer option is also available), 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: Apply on-line for a Police Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector by following this link:  A completed Police Records Check (Vulnerable Sector) form is required by the Ministry of Education as part of becoming a member at our school.

Note: There is a fee for the Police Records Check. As a volunteer, you can have this fee reduced 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 7 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 2021

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 mid-March and continues until the spaces are filled. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. KinderCamp schedules and registration details are available in the Register for KinderCamp section below. If you would like to join our mailing list, please contact us to get on our mailing list. 

Register for KinderCamp

To Register for KinderCamp, complete the following:

Bring your registration materials and fees to our Rural Family Connections office at 8243 Victoria Street, Lower Level, or call the main office 613-821-2899 to arrange e-transfer for fees and alternate drop off methods.

Registration is confirmed when your child’s form and fees are delivered.

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