How we see Children's Garden Nursery School
Since 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 has grown, Foulkes maintains a very hands-on, involved role within all aspects of care and instruction at the boutique-sized school. 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.
How Children's Garden Nursery School sees itself
"Our nurturing environment fosters risk-taking and confidence building so that every child can comfortably move forward with their learning while enjoying other daily specialties such as French, Sportball, drama and dance. We guarantee small class sizes (max. of 8-10 students per class), so our teachers can get to know each child and give them the individual attention they need to thrive at school. We are an excellent option for children who may be transitioning back into in-person learning."
"We fully commit to keeping our class sizes small with 10 students being the maximum in any classroom. When a child is only one of 10 students, we can guarantee that each child is given an individual academic program that challenges them appropriately; a curriculum that is accelerated or is at a slower pace to ensure that all of the foundational building blocks of learning are in place. Our students are fully prepared to move on to any larger school environment, be it private or public school."
"We often hear from new parents that the main reason they chose our school is due to feeling 'it' during their first tour. 'It' is a feeling that is generated by witnessing happy children actively participating in various activities, witnessing teachers being kind, supportive and showing a true love for what they do best...teach. Many families choose our school solely based on recommendations from past and present families whose children flourished in all areas of development at CGNS."
"As one parent stated - CGNS is punching way above its weight! Being a small school located in a modest facility, first impressions may be deceiving and there may be the assumption that we are not able to provide a curriculum that matches other private schools. Our parents are often surprised to hear that we have an excellent success rate of children being accepted into their first school of choice when moving onto larger private schools. We are a small but mighty school!"
"The value of a small school community can never be overlooked.! We are very proud to help facilitate the bond between all CGNS families during their children's time with us and love to hear that even years later, families still keep in touch with one another. We know of CGNS families that even take vacations together...their 'children' are now in university! We look forward to getting back to hosting lots of Parent Association events where families can come together and begin new friendships."
"* We continue to have an excellent reputation since we opened our doors over 36 years ago.
* Small class sizes are guaranteed.
* Our children easily gain acceptance into larger private schools.
* All specialties are included in tuition.
* We deeply care about our school community and the whole family's experience at CGNS."
Our gym has window fans for fresh air circulation. Two air purification units. Each child has their own set of gym equipment and musical instruments in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Our gym where daily specialty programs take place. Also our assemblies and concerts.
A kindergarten classroom. Maximum of 10 students. Tables have divided plexiglass barriers. All classrooms have window fans for fresh air circulation and air purification units.
A preschool classroom. Maximum of 8 students. Tables have divided plexiglass barriers. All classrooms have window fans for fresh air circulation and air purification units.
One of our grade one to three classrooms. Each child has their own individual desk with a plexiglass barrier. All classrooms have window fans for fresh air circulation and air purification units.
We removed our walled garden area in order for our students to have a larger play area.
How people from the school’s community see Children's Garden Nursery School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Pauline Foulkes, Owner/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 only location back in 1986. Over these years, my goal as owner/principal of the school has always been to maintain integrity in all aspects of the school environment and for children to receive the highest quality of education.
My commitment to the children is to provide them with both a solid academic and social foundation during these early informative years.
My commitment to parents is always to be accountable and fulfill their expectations of an excellent school experience 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 working at Children’s Garden 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 35 years.
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
If you’re considering a language immersion school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers a wide range of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with kids outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as volunteering, sports teams, and arts programs—which will help your child satisfy their need to interact and make friends.
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
If you’re considering a language immersion school for your introverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with different peer groups outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as student council, volunteering, and team sports—which can enable your child to connect with peers, make new friends outside of class, overcome their shyness, and develop critical social skills.
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