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Children's Garden Nursery School

Grades Preschool TO Gr. 2 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

Children's Garden Nursery School:

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  • Grades
    Preschool — Gr. 2
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    8 — 10 students
  • Tuition
    $8,500 to 24,000/year
  • Language of instruction
    English, French
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    50 day students
  • Curriculum
    Traditional & Reggio Emilia

School address

  • 1847 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E4 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

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.

School's Perspective

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How Children's Garden Nursery School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Since 1986, we have created a loving and nurturing school environment where young students thrive and have a true sense of belonging. The early years are our specialty; our curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience focusing on the whole child, including social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Daily specialties such as French, Sportball, drama and music are also included in our curriculum. Join us for the upcoming school year and give your child the gift of a lifetime!"

  • NO affiliation with Children's Garden School on Eglinton Ave.
  • Daily French for all grade levels.
  • Nurturing, fun, happy, and stimulating environment.
  • Guaranteed 8 to 1 ratio for preschool and 10 to 1 ratio for kindergarten.
  • Guaranteed 10 to 1 ratio for Grades 1 & 2.
  • Specialty teachers who are qualified in their area of expertise.
  • Our specialties consist of; Drama, Dance, Movement, Yoga and Sportball and Music.
  • Goldminds Mindfulness Program. MakerKids Coding Program.
  • Winter and Spring Musical Concerts/Plays.
  • Community Outreach Programs for the children to participate in at their level.

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We fully commit to keeping our class sizes small. When a child is only one of 8 or 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."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"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."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"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! Our Parent Association events are where families can come together and begin new friendships."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"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!"

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities



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School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Children's Garden Nursery School

Video reviews of Children's Garden Nursery School

Parent, Lauren Campbell (2023)

Watch our parent interview with Lauren Campbell to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Children's Garden Nursery School.

Parent, Michael PACKHAM (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Michael PACKHAM to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Children's Garden Nursery School.

Parent, Donna Wilson (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Donna Wilson to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Children's Garden Nursery School.

Written reviews of Children's Garden Nursery School


Parent, Justice Johnston (2024)

Preschool (current) — From our first visit, our student has felt “at home” at Children’s Garden Nursery School. It i...


Parent, Yulia Bragin (2023)

SK (current) — Our daughter’s experience at CGNS has been fantastic from day one. We were looking for a small sch...


Parent, Zar Shah (2023)

Nursery/Toddler to SK — My daughter had a wonderful experience at CGNS. One of her favorite things to do was arts and crafts...
See all written reviews (7 total)

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

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 37 years.

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