Welcome to Huron Playschool Co-operative! We are a non-denominational, co-operative nursery school and after school care centre located in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. In our Nursery Program, we offer a gentle start to a child’s school years. Our After School Program is an inclusive space where children are free to be themselves! We, as teachers and parents, work together to guide our children through the transitions to education in a group setting, using play as the medium.
Huron Playschool has been a vital part of the Annex Community since 1968. Over the last 50 years, families and teachers have worked together to offer nursery school programs, summer camps, childcare and after school programs.
In our co-operative playschool, the teacher and parents work together closely. The aim of our program is to help build each child’s self-esteem and to develop their individual social, intellectual and physical skills. We believe children are competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential. Each child should feel that they belong and are a valuable contributor to their surroundings, and each child deserves the opportunity to succeed.
The co-operative playschool environment encourages children (and parents) to think of creative, new ways of problem solving and collaborating with others. It is a ready-made support network for both parents and children.
Huron Playschool Co-operative is a member of the Parent Co-operative Preschool Corporation (PCPC).
We aim to provide a gentle start to a child’s school years. As a co-operative school, parents and teachers work closely together to help develop each child’s confidence and independence as well as social, intellectual, and physical skills.
Our program foundations are:
Belonging: Encouraging each child’s relationships with other people, providing them with a sense of being valued and making contributions as part of the group, the community, and the natural world.
Well-Being: Addressing the importance of physical and mental health and wellness, and incorporating capacities such as self-care, sense of self, and self-regulation skills.
Engagement: Encouraging active involvement and focus. When children are able to explore the world around them, with their natural curiosity and exuberance, they are fully engaged. This promotes the development of problem solving, creative thinking abilities, and innovative skills, which are essential for learning and success in school and beyond.
Expression: Recognizing that expression and communication takes many forms. Through their bodies, words, and use of materials, children develop capacities for increasingly complex communication. Opportunities to explore a variety of materials supports creativity, problem solving and mathematical behaviours. Language-rich environments supports growing communication skills, which are the foundations of literacy.