A Co-operative School
The GCNS is a non-profit licensed childcare centre in which parents can take an active role in creating an exceptional learning environment for their child. Through ongoing participation, especially through Duty Days (when about once per month you join your child at school), parents have the opportunity to share and be involved in their child’s first school experience. A Board of Directors, made up of volunteer members, manages the school.
One of Central Ottawa's longest running preschools, the Glebe Co-operative Nursery School (GCNS) is the perfect place for your preschool child to blossom. Located in the Glebe Community Centre at 175 Third Avenue, GCNS is a quality learning environment in which children are engaged in activities that promote their intellectual, physical, creative and social development.
Whether a toddler is just starting out on their first independent learning experience or your preschool child is looking for a place to socialize and learn, GCNS has the perfect program for your child!
Our preschool is founded on the proven philosophy that children at the preschool level learn best through ‘play’. Play is the work of children. We believe that children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential.
Our primary goals are based on the Ministry of Education document "How Does Learning Happen?". These 4 foundations must be present in order for children to grow and flourish.
Belonging: refers to the relationships that children develop. These are relationships with other children, their family, the educators and with the world around them.
Well-being: refers to the important aspects of their physical and mental health and wellness.
Engagement: is when a child is involved and focused. They need to be able to explore the world around them.
Expression: refers to communication; the ability to be heard and to listen. This includes artistic expression.
The goal of our program is to provide a positive learning experience, a social experience to encourage development of the whole child. We want to lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
We want the children to view school as a positive place. We want them to learn to love finding out new things, to learn how to make friends and to learn that adults, other than their parents can be fun, caring and trusting.
We arrange the classroom to encourage exploration, play and learning. Activities are child centred. We observe, listen and document the children's play to help us determine how our room will be set up. A large variety of materials allows for each child to discover an area that supports their interest and development.
Children are fee to choose the area that they wish to use. Educators encourage creativity, imagination, social interactions and inquiry.
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