We are a parent cooperative which means that parents are active and essential partners with our certified teachers. Parents work as teaching assistants and assist in the administration and day-to-day operations of running the school.
BENEFITS OF CO-OPERATIVE
The cooperative experience enables the school to offer programs at a significantly lower cost than regular preschools. We are a not for profit, charitable organization.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your child. The Cooperative Program at New Toronto Nursery School provides parents with a unique opportunity to determine what kind of preschool education they want for their children.
Research shows that a parent involvement is a major factor in a child's success. As a member of the Cooperative you will be able to ensure the quality of the program, while still making school affordable for more families.
Coop parents can play an active role in: administration, assisting with the school curriculum, planning, fundraising, and classroom duties.
What's expected of the parents in New Toronto Cooperative Nursery School?
Parent participation in classroom is required approximately
2 morning (8:45-12:00) every 3-4 weeks.* There is 1-2 parents on duty with 2 teachers at the current 16 child capacity. (1:5 ratio) The parents bring snacks for all 16 children and have classroom and playground duties. Generally they assist the teachers in supervising the children in play and creative activities, snack time, circle time and cleaning routines.
If a parent has younger children at home they are not permitted to bring them on duty days. Often there are several other parents in the same situation that are willing to swap baby sitting on duty days. If for some reason you cannot do your scheduled duty day you will be responsible to find a replacement parent to either swap duty days with or pay them a fee to cover the day for you. Duty day schedules are issued in advance for approx. 3-month period.
* If your situation prevents you from being available for duty days there are some spaces the school allows for Non Duty Position for a higher monthly fee (subject to availability).
All parents doing duty days must have medical clearance and have a police record check (current charge is $20.00).
Parent Volunteer Job
In order for the school to operate every parent must take on one volunteer job within the school.** The following positions are to be filled every year:
Board Jobs: President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, Registrar, Fundraising Chair, Property Chair, Publicity Chair
Board members must be available to attend monthly board meetings held in the evening.
Non Board Jobs include such positions as: Fundraising Committee, Publicity Assistant, Assistant Registrar, Property Team, Shopping Parent and Scheduler.
General Information Meetings
In order to maintain good communication with the members of the school there are five General Meetings you must attend throughout the year, held in the evening. It is an opportunity to connect with other families, learn about fundraising initiatives, and also have a say in your child's education. One parent must attend, no children please (young infants are allowed with nursing mothers).