About the Co-Op

Sunnylea Co-operative Nursery School (SCNS) was founded in 1984 by a group of parents/guardians led by a wonderful teacher with the aim to introduce preschoolers to a nurturing environment in which to have their first formal school setting.

The nursery school is a non-profit licensed by the Ontario government under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA). As with any co-op corporation, SCNS is owned and managed by its members, who are the families of the children enrolled in the school each year, providing the opportunity for parents/guardians to be a part of their child’s first learning experience.

The nursery school offers a program for a maximum of 15 children aged 2 to 3 years old and includes at least 2 qualified teachers within the class.

Our Teachers

Nothing speaks louder about the SCNS than our teachers. Our teachers are warm, friendly and positive. At least 2 teachers are ECE (Early Childhood Education) qualified.

Roselynn (Rose)

RRoseose has been our lead Supervisor Teacher and “biggest kid!” at Sunnylea Co-op since 2003, and brings with her over 25 years of work experience as an RECE. She is a graduate of Humber College, where she also completed her ECE as she knew from a very early age that she wanted to become a teacher. In fact, she is very proud to make that special bond with each child in the school, and she loves seeing the accomplishments and progression that they make together from September to June. She chose Sunnylea Co-op because she also values the parent participation in the program, and she has built decade long relationships with many of our families to help their children make that critical and gentle transition into school.

Rose has a young family of her own (daughters Giulia and Cristina are 15 and 13), is trained in First Aid and CPR, and loves the opportunity to get to know each child that comes through our program.

Barbara (Barb)

Barb has been a RECE since 2007. She is also trained in First Aid and CPR. In addition to Sunnylea Co-Operative Nursery School, she has also worked at St. George’s Nursery School, CARE After School Program and Art In The Park summer camp over the past number of years. She is also a Tax Professional and teaches taxes for H&R Block.

Barb has a large family with 10 siblings and too many nieces and nephews to count. She has one adult son who is a French teacher with the TCDSB. She loves animals, gardening and coffee.

Francesca (Franca)

As a mother herself, Francesca (Franca) understands the importance of finding suitable child care that meets the physical, intellectual and emotional needs of small children. After deciding on a career change and to be a stay at home mother, she ran a Home Daycare for over 10 years. She is trained in First Aid and CPR.

Francesca is a mother of 2 beautiful children, daughter Cassandra 16 years old and son Joseph 10 years old who is High Functioning. She is a compassionate, understanding, patient person with calm and nurturing skills to provide your child with the best learning experience everyday. Always with a smile on her face, children look forward to Mrs. Franca’s morning “High Five’s”.

Our Classroom

The SCNS operates out of the Etobicoke Collegiate Institute in a ground level, fully stocked classroom with a bank of windows letting in natural light and sunshine offering a built-in school setting preparing the children for junior kindergarten.

Your Involvement in the Co-Op

The success of the Sunnylea Co-operative Nursery School depends upon member participation in order to fulfill the various needs of the Co-op. Parents/guardians of the children attending the school are members of the co-operative. These parents/guardians operate and manage the school by participating in the business of the school through various committees. The parents/guardians employ the teachers, equip the school, maintain the equipment, meet monthly budgets, maintain maximum memberships and work with the teachers in the classroom with aspects of the program. SCNS is unique among the co-operatives in that it operates without any debt and has done so for many years.

Benefits of a Co-Op

  • Involvement
    Parents/guardians have a unique opportunity to be directly involved in their child’s first educational experience. Parents/Guardians also have input into the school’s operation during the time their child attends the school.
  • Meet Other Parents/Guardians
    Parents/guardians have the opportunity to meet other parents/guardians and share their experiences.
  • Lower Costs
    Since the school is managed and operated by the parents/guardians of the children enrolled in each year, the cost of operating the school is significantly reduced. The cost of SCNS is significantly lower than a privately owned nursery school.
  • License Requirements
    Sunnylea Co-operative Nursery School is licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services and adheres to the regulations set out by the CCEYA. Licensing addresses the issues of staff qualifications, programming, child/adult ratios, behavior management, nutrition, sanitary practices, space requirements, and emergency procedures.

Partners and Supporters

  • Shoreline Preschools Corp. Inc.
    Shoreline is a not for profit, service organization dedicated to the strengthening and supporting of the Co-operative Pre-school Movement. Guided by a Board of Directors and School Representatives, drawn from volunteers from member schools.
  • Etobicoke Collegiate Institute
    Etobicoke Collegiate Institute welcomes Sunnylea Co-Op with a wonderful new space for our classroom starting in the 2015-2016 school year this autumn.
  • Sunnylea Junior Public School
    Sunnylea Junior Public School, a small, community-oriented public school, is our former home, and committed to our students achieving their academic, physical and social potential as a foundation for continued learning.
Sunnylea Co-operative Nursery School is a preschool for 2 and 3 year olds located in Etobicoke, just west of Toronto, Canada