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Children's Garden Nursery School

1847 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E4

Approach :
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (24 months) to SK (Coed)
$4,800 to 16,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
1 to 8
Day: 110 (Gr. NS - SK)

School Address
1847 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E4

About this school:


What sets us apart from other schools? Is it our nurturing environment? Is it the specialty programs we offer; French, Music, Sportball and Drama? Only by taking a tour of our school can these questions be truly answered. Experiencing our school first-hand will help you make the right decision when choosing the best school for your child. We take great pride in maximizing the learning potential for each toddler, preschool and kindergarten child. Located at Bayview and Broadway. Call us to arrange a personal tour! — Visit school website



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Our Take: Children's Garden Nursery School

our takeSince Children’s Garden was established in 1986, there has been a nice consistency of approach and leadership through the directorship of Pauline Foulkes. When she began there were just two students, though enrolment grew quickly to the 100 student mark, where the enrolment remains today. Throughout, Foulkes has maintained a very hands-on, involved role within all aspects of care and instruction. Location and size are important, though the quality of the programming, of course, is too, and there are few instances of nursery schools with as long a record of providing such unwavering service. The school is housed, now as from the start, in the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury, though the program isn’t affiliated with the church and is non-denominational.

Principal's Message


Pauline Foulkes, Director/Principal

Welcome to Children's Garden Nursery School!

I have been very fortunate to call Children's Garden my 'home away from home' since our doors opened in our one and only location back in 1986. Over these years, my goal as Director /Owner of the school has always been to maintain integrity with all aspects of the school environment and for children to receive the highest quality of programming.
My commitment to the children is to provide them with both a solid educational and social foundation during these early informative years.
My commitment to parents is to always be accountable and to fulfill their expectations of an excellent program for their children.
I could not meet any of my commitments without my wonderful staff.  Although we have a professional workplace, our ability to have fun with the children while working together is what gives Children's Garden Nursery School a welcoming atmosphere the moment you walk through the doors. It is important to me that all of my staff are respected, valued, treated equally and that working at Children’s Garden Nursery School is not just a job, but a way to express their true passion and what they do best….teach children!
I hope that you come and visit us and get to see first-hand why thousands of children have started their educational journey at Children’s Garden Nursery School over the past 30 years.


Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

  • Play-based
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Academic

Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

What CGNS says: We provide a well-balanced curriculum that meets each child’s individual needs. Our experienced teachers spend time assessing and getting to know the children in their class. Group dynamics, individual personalities, energy levels, maturity, and level of academic knowledge are all factors that the teachers take into account when planning for the school year ahead. Our curriculum includes; learning activities for Multiple Intelligences, Math, Language, Geography, Science, History, Cultural studies, Global awareness, Community outreach, Core French, French Immersion, Sportball, Music and Drama, Theme Based Curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, Alpha-Mania and Mini Masters.

Curriculum Pace Student-paced

  • Standard-enriched
  • Accelerated
  • Student-paced

The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

Flexible pacing:

Flexible pacing style = offered
Subject-streaming (tracking)
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
Differentiated assessment

What CGNS says about flexible pacing: Assessing a child's learning style, understanding of concepts being taught and readiness to move forward to the next stage needs to happen on a regular basis in order for a child to meet with success.

Academic Culture Supportive

  • Rigorous
  • Supportive

A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

What CGNS says: Although we have a strong academic curriculum, we have to take into serious consideration that these are young children and often this is their first experience of being in a school setting. Our responsibility to our students is to first and foremost, create a warm and nurturing environment in order for each child to feel secure and willing to take a risk with their learning. Once this has been established, trust in their teacher allows each child to reach their full academic potential. These early years are a crucial time for building a solid academic foundation.

Developmental Priorities Emotional, Social

Primary Developmental Priority: Emotional
Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

What CGNS says: School should be a place where a child can experience love and respect as well as intellectual stimulation. Thus, when we consider the education of a child we should view the process as both social and intellectual – after all, what a child feels influences his or her desire to learn. Although we offer a sound curriculum at Children’s Garden, our primary concern is the child’s emotional and social development. We will foster independence and self-confidence, cooperation, respect, and over-all social awareness of the world around them.

Special Needs Support No support

No support

CGNS offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

  • Academic Support:
    Support Type = offered
    Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
    Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
  • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
    Support Type = offered
    Extra support
  • What CGNS says: Communication between the school and parents is crucial in determining if Children’s Garden Nursery School is the best program for your child. It is not our mandate to willingly take on a child where we don’t have the expertise or staff to support that child. Should a child develop learning difficulties during their time with us, every effort would be made to assist the parents in obtaining information from community agencies and organizations to ensure that the child’s needs are met.

  • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
    Special needs
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Down syndrome
    Intellectual disability
    Williams syndrome
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Clinical Depression
    Clinical anxiety
    Suicidal thoughts
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Multiple sclerosis
    Cerebral palsy
    Muscular dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Multiple physical
  • Forms of support delivery:
    Support Type = offered
    A regular class with indirect support
    A regular class with resource assistance
    A regular class with withdrawal assistance
    A special education class with partial integration
    A full-time special education class
  • Additional Support:
    Support Type = offered
    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Speech-language therapy

Gifted Learner Support No Support

CGNS does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

Homework Policy

In grade SK, Children's Garden Nursery School students perform an average of 15 mins of homework per night.

Nightly Homework
CGNS 0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins
Site Average0 mins2 mins6 mins7 mins

Report Card Policy

How assessments are delivered across the grades:

Prose (narrative)-based feedbackNursery/Toddler to SK
Academic achievement reportingPreschool to SK
Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to SK

Class Sizes Not available

This information is not currently available.


What CGNS says:

This information is not currently available.

  • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
    Ice Hockey
    Track & Field
  • Clubs offered: None

Tuition & Financial Aid



Need-based financial aid

This information is not currently available.

Merit based Scholarships

This information is not currently available.


Total enrollment 110
Average enrollment per grade28
Average class size1 to 8
Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (24 months) to SK (Coed)
Boarding offeredNo

Student distribution:

Day Enrollment10321616



Admissions Assessments:

Assessment = requiredGrades
SSAT (out of province)
Entrance Exam(s)
Entrance Essay
Application Fee 

Application Deadlines:

Day students:

What CGNS says:

Application Form must be submitted before booking of individual tour. There is no application fee.


Acceptance Rate:


Type of student Children's Garden Nursery School is looking for: Children who are eager to learn! Curious, fun loving, ready to listen to direction, ability to focus and be part of a group.

Student Entry Points

Student TypeNSPSJKSK
Day Acceptance
(Acceptance rate)
1 - 10 (100%)1 - 32 (100%)1 - 8 (100%)1 - 8 (100%)

Stories & Testimonials


Handwriting Without Tears®

Children's Garden Nursery School is now offering Handwriting Without Tears as a stand alone program on Monday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please visit our website www.childrensgarden.ca for more information on this excellent printing program.


New Mini-Masters program starting September 2015

Children’s Garden Nursery School Is excited to announce that we will be offering new afternoon programs starting in September.

Please go to our website for www.childrensgarden.ca for more information.


New Alpha-Mania program starting September 2015

Children’s Garden Nursery School Is excited to announce that we will be offering new afternoon programs starting in September.

Please go to our website for www.childrensgarden.ca for more information.




We are so pleased with the Kindergarten Enrichment Program at Children's Garden Nursery School. Our son currently attends SK in the morning and we have him enrolled in the Two Afternoon Kindergarten Enrichment Program at Children's Garden Nursery School. Our son has benefited greatly from the small class sizes, attentive teachers and creative teaching approaches. The teachers work hard to foster independence and confidence in each child by helping each child be successful by targeting the unique qualities of each child."

Nikki and Justin Flowerday  ...


Before starting at Children's Garden in 2010, we shopped around several preschools in the area, interviewed them, did site visits and even sat in on a class.  All of them seem to offer pretty much the same thing in terms of curriculum, but there seemed to be a common element missing amongst all of them that left us feeling unsettled....until a friend recommended Children's Garden Nursery School.  After talking with Pauline and touring the space, we hadn't even made it out of the parking lot before turning to each other and saying "This is the one."  We did not know at the time how right we were.  Children's Garden is a truly special place.  Having been part of the school for over two years now, I think there are a few things that set it apart from any other preschool.  First, the incredible sense of community and belonging.  The staff have created an incredibly caring, nurturing environment for not just the kids but for the families too.  Your child isn't the only one who belongs to Children's Garden - you do too.  Second, they have an incredible way of bringing out the best in each child and helping them to truly shine as individuals.  It is amazing to watch all of the children grow in confidence and self-esteem as each of their unique talents are brought to the forefront.  Third, the exceptionally strong relationship between the Parent Committee and the Administration and teachers.  Everyone works together to provide the best opportunities and make continual improvements for the benefit of our kids.  The Administration and the teachers go far above and beyond in all things big and small for the kids through special events, class outings, holidays, performances.  It is truly more than we ever expected.  I asked my son if there was anything he didn't like about Children's Garden.  He thought about it for a moment and said, "Only that I can't go to school there forever." ...


Branksome Hall has a valued relationship with Children's Garden Nursery School. We look forward to working with families and finding a good fit for CGNS students in our welcoming environment, which features a liberal arts curriculum and many opportunities for co-curricular activities. Students who have come out of Children's Garden Nursery School into Branksome make a smooth transition into our learning environment.


In the News


June 4, 2018 - The Carnival Came To Town!

Our most favourite time of the school year is when the Carnival comes to Children's Garden Nursery School. ...

May 23, 2018 - Under The Sea Spring Concerts

Our toddlers and preschoolers did a fabulous job with their Spring Concerts last week. Our Under The Sea theme was a huge hit! ...

August 31, 2016 - CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!

Time flies when you are having fun! Children's Garden Nursery School is proud to announce that they are celebrating their 30th anniversary. ...

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Other Highlights:

  • Alpha-Mania, Mini Masters, Handwriting Without Tears, and JK French Immersion
  • Outside The Box Leaside Tutoring coming soon!!

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