Our Programme

The Oriole Community

Oriole Nursery School is a non-denominational, co-operative preschool where parents get the unique opportunity to share in their child’s preschool experience through bi-weekly participation in the classroom. These Duty Days enable parents and caregivers to participate first hand in their child’s preschool experience, as a teacher’s assistant. Parents may also choose a non-participating status, opting out of Duty Days, for an additional fee.

Parents also participate in the school’s daily operations, through volunteer positions. Parents choose their level of participation within the community; volunteer jobs range from making play dough to being a member of the Board of Directors. Board members who choose a ‘participating’ status are only required to attend one Duty Day a week.
See the FAQs for more information on Duty Days and parent volunteer jobs.

Facilities

Our facilities consist of:

  • Three inviting and well-equipped classrooms;
  • A music and movement room;
  • A Community hall which is used for our Music, Yoga and Dance programs and has a wide selection of toys to play with during poor weather;
  • A large private and secure outdoor playground that meets current codes and standards
  • Access to a fully equipped kitchen, where nutritious snacks are prepared by our teachers.

 

Our Programme

Oriole runs half day classes (9 am to 11:45 am) from September to June. Enrollment may begin at any time during the school year and fees will be pro-rated accordingly.

Junior Class (2 – 3 year olds) (15 children max. Ratio is 1 adult to every 5 children)
* Children are welcome to enroll after their 2nd birthday, space permitting. Children who are not eligible for the Senior class may continue in the Junior class the following school year.

Senior Class (3 – 4 year olds) (16 children max. Ratio is approx. 1 adult to every 5 children)
• Children must turn 3 years of age before December 31st of the school year.

Each class follows its own schedule of activities. In both of the classes, children engage in

  • 40 minutes of outdoor play, weather permitting. (During inclement weather, gross motor activities take place in the Community Hall);
  • 30 minutes of teacher led circle time or small group activities;
  • 1 hour of open free play in our art room and playroom.
  • Multi-Sport Kids, with Mike Perozak, every second Monday

The children take a break for a nutritious snack, which is provided by the school.

In addition, the following enriched programming is provided:

  • Music, Dance or Yoga classes every Wednesday;
  • French classes taught by Aleks Papiach every Friday; and
  • Special events for students and their siblings (attending with a caregiver) on Toronto District School Board PD Days.