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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a registration/membership fee?
A: Yes, there is a fee of $25 per family payable at the time of registration. We give priority to siblings that are currently enrolled at KIDS Co-op.

Q: What is the cost?
A: The cost is $17 per session (half day).

Q: What documents are required at registration?
A: Please complete our Registration Package (in the Parent Orientation Handbook), two copies of your child's immunization record, Public Health Immunization Information Form (provided by us), 14 post-dated cheques (10 monthly cheques – September through June, and 1 for registration ($25), 1 for toy washes ($125), 1 for fundraising ($150), and 1 for donations ($100).

Q: How does payment work?
A: We ask families to submit post-dated cheques dated the 1st of each month. Cheques are made out to KIDS Co-op. Tax receipts are provided at the end of January.

Q: Will my post-dated cheques for toy washes, obligations, and fundraising be cashed?
A: If you fulfil your obligations, complete the required toy washes, and do the minimum amount for fundraising, your cheques will be shredded or returned to you (if requested) at the end of the year.

Q: Will you administer medication if needed?
A: If children are sick they should stay at home. We require permission to administer medication which includes parent signature and details regarding administration procedure. If a child becomes ill at the nursery school, the parent will be contacted and asked to pick the child up. Our teachers are trained in First Aid and CPR.

Q: What is the policy regarding allergies?
A: We are a peanut/nut free school and we ask parents when preparing snack for their child, to please avoid sending peanut and nut products to school. Please remember that we are a peanut free environment and we ask that you respect this as some of the children may be severely allergic.

Q: Does my child have to be potty trained?
A: No, children develop at their own rate, and when they show signs of readiness, we will work with you to help encourage children to use the toilet

Q: Who provides diapers and wipes?
A: Parents are asked to provide diapers and wipes. We do ask that an extra set of clothes (underwear, socks, shirt, pants) be kept in the child's backpack.

Q: Is the playground checked for safety?
A: Yes, playground checks are conducted daily, monthly, and yearly by staff.

Q: Do you offer outside playtime?
A: Each day, weather permitting, children enjoy outdoor play. Learning to run, jump, balance, and take turns is a healthy way to participate in group activities while developing coordination and strength.

Q: How does my child learn at KIDS Co-op?
A: Children learn through play, communication, co-operation, and sharing. Our programs allow your child to play, learn, and socialize in a warm and caring environment.

Q: Can you tell me about the curriculum?
A: The emergent curriculum is planning the focus of learning or what happens in the classroom, as a result of interaction between teachers and children. Emergent curriculum is socially and intellectually engaging and personally meaningful to children. Our emphasis is focused on developing social skills, problem solving skills, fostering independence and building a foundation for lifelong learning.

Q: What is the ratio?
A: In the Toddler program the teacher to child ratio is 1:5. In the Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Program the teacher to child ratio is 1:8.

Q: Can my child start at any time during the school year?
A: Children can start anytime of the year, depending on availability in the program.

Q: Are snacks included?
A: New this year, we are asking that ALL children bring a snack from home (including morning programs).

Q: Do you want more Information?
A: Please read through our Parent Handbook to find answers to specific questions and information re-garding our policies, or contact us through facebook, email, or phone.