Huron Playschool Cooperative offers three separate programs - Morning, Lunch, and Afternoon. Children can enroll in either the AM or PM program, but cannot enroll in both. The school observes the same winter, spring and summer breaks as the Toronto public schools.
Morning (AM) program: Full-time only. Monday through Friday (5 days) 9:00 to 11:45am. The AM program has a maximum of 15 children supervised by one ECE professional teacher assisted by two cooperating parents or caregivers. This program is generally attended by children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 4. Early drop-off (8:45 am) is available for morning program children for a small additional monthly fee.
Afternoon (PM) program: Full-time (5 days/week) and part-time (3 days/week or 2 days/week): 1:15-4:00pm. The PM program has a maximum of 15 children supervised by one ECE professional teacher assisted by two cooperating parents or caregivers. This is generally considered a kindergarten-enrichment program with children between 3 1/2 and 6.
Lunch program: Full-time (5 days/week) or Part-time (3 days/week or 2 days/week). The program runs from the end of the AM program (11:45 am) to the beginning of the PM program (1:15 pm). It is intended to provide a transition from a morning program (i.e., Kindergarten) to the PM program. The program is supervised by one ECE professional teacher and is assisted by an additional staff person. The ECE teacher provides a school escort from Huron Public School. There is a maximum of 15 children in this program.
Afterschool program: Full-time or part-time. The program is a non co-op program for JK/SK and Grade 1 & 2 children. The maximum enrolment is 16, and there are two staff. There is an escort from Huron Public School JK/SK-Grade 2 classes at dismissal (3:30) to join the After School program. The program starts at 3:45 with outdoor play. Children come inside for a snack and activity time. An art activity is planned each day, and there are many age appropriate activities for children to choose from. Our program is small program, intended for younger school-aged children.
A typical Session
Sessions follow a loose routine that enables children to familiarize themselves with school life. A session includes the following.
- Free play and a organized creative activity
- Circle time includes storytelling, music, singing and movement activities.
- Snack time where children sit together with adults and enjoy a healthy snack.
- Free play and bathroom time.
- Outdoor play in Washington Park (weather permitting) or a story and free play.
During their time at Playschool the children are encouraged to care for each other and their environment, play cooperatively and communicate their needs and interests and develop independence.
The daily program is enriched by regular visits and excursions. This includes a weekly creative music/movement class taught by an early childhood music specialist, and visits from science educators, animal handlers and others. Regular field trips include visits to community organizations, museums, galleries and parks.