Our Programs

NEW 2020/2021 Full-Day Program

In response to the updated COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations, we have made the decision to run our first ever full-day program.  The classes will run along with the school year from September through June, 9am – 3:45pm Monday to Friday.

  • Maximum 15 children, 12 of which will be 2.5 years or older as of the first day of school
  • Full meals and snacks provided through Wholesome Kids Catering 
  • Always 2 teachers in each class
  • Daily outdoor and quiet time following all Ontario/Toronto guidelines

Making our classroom safe for your family

Nothing is more important than the safety of your children and our staff. Sunnylea Co-Operative Nursery School Guidelines for COVID-19 follow the most current guidelines and recommendations provided by the Ministry of Health. All child care staff are trained to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Safety measures at Sunnylea Co-Operative Nursery School include:

  • Screening all staff, children, and parents daily
  • No non-essential visitors will be permitted inside classroom
  • All children and staff will be in the same cohort daily
  • Focus on teaching personal hygiene routines
  • Cleaning and disinfecting rooms, toys, and equipment frequently

Check out our full COVID-19 updates for more detailed information on our procedures and policies.

2021/2022 Programs

Traditionally Sunnylea offers age-appropriate programs for two and three year olds. Depending on updates and approval from The Ontario Government and Toronto Public Health, the following programs will return for 2021/2022.

3 Year Old Program

The three year old program is offered three mornings a week with a maximum capacity of 16 children. The class has two teachers and one parent on duty for the duration of the class.

Morning Program – 3AM (Green Dragons):
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Note: teachers will begin to get children ready for dismissal 10 minutes before end of class.

Program Details:

  • Three days / week
  • Maximum 16 children
  • Always 2 teachers and 1 parent /caregiver in each class
  • Must be 3 years old on December 31st of the enrollment year.


3 Year Old Enrichment Programs

In addition to our standard nursery program, SCNS is excited to offer two extension classes for three year olds to help your child prepare for kindergarten and spark a love of learning.

Enrichment Class – 3 Year Olds:
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Enrichment Class focuses on letters, numbers, and writing skills laying an important foundation for literacy and numeracy.  This structured learning environment helps further prepare your child for kindergarten.
Note: teachers will begin to get children ready for dismissal 10 minutes before end of class.

WonderKids – 3 Year Olds:
12:30-3:00 p.m.
Staring new in September 2017, an exciting program of experimentation and learning as children explore themes of music, science, visual arts, dramatic movement, and engineering.  Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity through hands on learning opportunities as we experiment, construct, move, and sing. Each week will feature a new topic for your child to explore in one of our core themes.
Note: teachers will begin to get children ready for dismissal 10 minutes before end of class.

Program Details:

  • One or Two days / week
  • Maximum 16 children


2 Year Old Program

The capacity for the two year old program is 15 children, offering a morning class twice a week.

Morning Program – 2AM (Yellow Teddy Bears):
Monday and Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Note: teachers will begin to get children ready for dismissal 10 minutes before end of class.

Program Details:

  • Two days / week
  • Maximum 15 children
  • Always 3 teachers and 1 parent / caregiver in each class.
  • Must be 2 years old on December 31st of enrollment year.



Program Statement

Download our Parent Handbook (PDF – last updated January 2020) HERE.

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 weekly themes and routine daily activities. The children become very comfortable with the familiar daily program that includes free play (both indoors and outdoors), lunch/snack time and circle time. The school also hosts special events throughout the year, such as a Christmas Party, Halloween Party, pumpkin hunt, Easter egg hunt, and many more.

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. The weekly theme is incorporated into the daily program. We have a library in the classroom and the toys and books are changed every week in accordance with the theme. 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/caregiver to facilitate a gentle separation.

Daily Schedule

CreativityEach 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.

Tidy-up time follows free play. The children are encouraged to assist with tidying up of the toys in preparation for snack time.

During circle time the children participate in discussions regarding the theme for the week, the daily calendar and letter and number recognition.

Learn more about our teachers and what makes us special, how to register for Sunnylea Co-Op, read answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or see how to find us in Etobicoke.

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