Our Program

The SCNS runs 1 classroom with a maximum of 16 children enrolled regardless of full-time or part-time participation with 5, 4, 3 and 2 day options for attendance. Always 2 teachers are in the classroom, with up to 3 teachers at a time ensuring a superior teacher to children ratio. Well-balanced lunches and mid-afternoon snacks are provided by Wholesome Kids Catering.

Hours of Operation

The SCNS year runs from September – June, Monday to Friday, following the TDSB school schedule. However, we are open for all professional activities (PA) days.

The normal hours of the school are 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or as decided by the Board of Directors.

  • The Full-Time program runs from 9:15am to 3:00pm.
  • The Part-Time program runs from 9:15am to 12:45pm.

The SCNS also follows the TDSB holiday schedule and will be closed on all statutory holidays, as well as for a two-week period at Winter Break and during a one-week period at Mid-Winter (March) Break.

Program Rates

Full-Time program: 9:15am – 3:00pm 

Program CWELCC monthly rates* # of days per month CWELCC rate per day*
Full-Time 5 days/week $614.25 21.75 $28.24
Full-Time 4 days/week $496.13 17.40 $28.51
Full-Time 3 days/week $387.45 13.05 $29.69
Full-Time 2 days/week $259.88 8.70 $29.87

* Rates effective December 31, 2022 are reduced by 52.75% from March 2022 freeze rates and are subject to continued CWELCC approval.

Part-Time program: 9:15am – 12:45pm

Program CWELCC monthly rates* # of days per month CWELCC rate per day*
Part-Time 5 days/week $385.09 21.75 $17.71
Part-Time 4 days/week $318.94 17.40 $18.33
Part-Time 3 days/week $243.34 13.05 $18.65
Part-Time 2 days/week $165.38 8.70 $19.01

* Rates effective December 31, 2022 are reduced by 52.75% from March 2022 freeze rates and are subject to continued CWELCC approval.

Program Philosophy

Learning through playThe main philosophy of the Sunnylea Cooperative Nursery School is learning and socializing through play. The playroom is well-equipped, offering numerous choices for playing/learning activities. There are many opportunities for learning within the Sunnylea program through daily activities. The children become very comfortable with the familiar  program that includes free play, lunch/snack time and circle time. The school hosts special events throughout the year.

Daily Schedule

Each day’s structure encourages the children to familiarize themselves with the school setting providing free play, table work to develop their fine motor skills and imagination, lunch/snack time and circle time. We have a library in the classroom and the toys are changed daily and the books are changed every week. Our school also encourages a gentle approach to separation anxiety for the child and caregiver. We understand that the first school setting may be intimidating for a child and we will work with parent/guardian to facilitate a gentle separation.

Each day begins with a welcome from the teachers at the door and free play for the children. During free play the children are encouraged to become involved in one of the areas of the playroom. There is a drawing table for picture drawing, letter drawing, scribbling and invented spelling. Other quiet play activities include puzzles, books and games. The children are encouraged to assist with tidying up of the toys before circle time. During circle time, the children participate in discussions, signing, and letter/number recognition. Children then have lunch, followed by quiet book time and gross motor activities. Part-time program students are picked up, while others are encouraged to play, after which they assist with tidying up of the toys in preparation for snack time. A second circle time is offered to the children, followed by clean up and getting ready for Full-time program pickup.

Start-end time Activity
9:15am – 9:45am Arrival, screening, handwashing
9:20am – 10:50am Play time/craft
10:50am – 11:00am Clean-up
11:00am – 11:20am Circle time
11:20am – 11:30am Handwashing
11:30am – 12:10pm Lunch, handwashing
12:10pm – 12:25pm Quiet book time
12:25pm – 12:45pm Gross motor activities
12:45pm Part-time program pick-up
12:45pm – 1:45pm Play time
1:45pmn – 1:50pm Clean-up
1:50pm – 2:00pm Handwashing
2:00pm – 2:25pm Snack time, handwashing
2:25pm – 2:45pm Circle time
2:45pm- 3:00pm Cloakroom
3:00pm Full-time program pickup

Note: Children are taken to the washroom as needed. Handwashing is also encouraged during the day aside from the schedule above.

Nutrition: Lunch and Snack

Well-balanced lunches and mid-afternoon snacks are provided by Wholesome Kids Catering. A menu is shared with parents/guardians to be informed of the lunches/snacks for the week.

A detailed Anaphylactic Policy is in place as part of the SCNS Policies and Procedures Document which is distributed to all parents/guardians. If the child has any kind of allergy, sensitivity, or even an eating restriction, parents/guardians inform the school in writing upon registration or as soon as the restriction is identified.

An individual plan for children with medical needs is created with the parents/guardians and staff following the Creation of Individual Plans for Children with Medical Needs Policy, which is documented in the SCNS Policies and Procedures Document and distributed to all parents/guardians. Once you have informed the school of this in writing, the allergy / sensitivity / eating restriction will be communicated to staff and followed diligently.

Communication with Parents/Guardians

HiMama, a childcare software that enables intuitive recording of observations in the early childhood setting and real-time updates with parents/guardians, is used at the SCNS. This application is confidential only to parents/guardians. A consent form is required to be completed by the parents/guardians who will receive access. Communication is done via messages in the HiMama application, phone or email, where necessary, as well as informal discussions at the door at drop off/pick up.

Sunnylea Co-operative Nursery School is a preschool for 2 and 3 year olds located in Etobicoke, just west of Toronto, Canada