About Us

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).

Hanging at the Washington Park playground!

Hanging at the Washington Park playground!

Our Philosophy

Teaching a co-op duty parent how to make wood chip pie

Teaching a co-op duty parent to make wood chip pie

Huron Playschool Co-operative, through staff and the active involvement of parents, provides a safe and nurturing environment where children are encouraged to develop their cognitive, social, emotional and creative capacities through play. 

Parents are responsible for everything from maintenance to the budget. Co-operating parents participate in many ways including assisting in the classroom during regularly scheduled “co-op days”, provide a snack for the class in scheduled rotation, and are asked to take on one administrative duty.*

Being a part of a co-operative demands time and energy, but the rewards are well worth the investment! The parents at Huron Playschool Co-operative learn from each other, support each other and develop close and lasting friendships. It is a unique experience for children and for parents.

A limited number of non co-operating positions are available for an additional monthly fee, for families unable to meet the co-working responsibilities.**

*Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements, parent co-op days and provision of snack are on hold until further notice.

**The additional monthly fee is currently a requirement for all participating families, since parent co-op days are not possible at the moment.

Program Foundations

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.

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One of our teachers (Twinkle) playing with a Nursery School child at Washington Park in 2020

Our Space

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Our classroom setting is a very large “L” shaped room that has allowed us to set up an incredible multi-use space. We also have a separate office/kitchen (for preparing meals and for administrative work) and a children’s washroom with two toilets. 

Within our multi-use classroom we have:

  • A large arts and crafts area (with lots of paper, markers, scissors and tape and even a separate easel for paint fun)
  • A sensory area (perfect for our playdough or playfoam exploration)
  • A dramatic centre (with puppets, a toy kitchen, and lots of baby dolls)
  • An area for building (with many different sizes and shapes of wooden blocks)
  • A reading area (with a big comfy couch, bean bags and lots of books)
  • A puzzle and fine motor toy area (with legos, trains, gears, and towers to stack)
  • A science area (past experiments have included oil and water, alka-seltzer bubbles, and lots of fun cooking adventures)
  • Water and sand tables (which we love to add toys, beads and scoops to)
  • A gross motor area (with soft mats, a slide/rocking boat, hopscotch and more)
  • Lots of tables and chairs for meals and for focused activities
  • Child-sized sinks for easy clean up

Along with spending time in our classroom, we love to spend as much time as we can outdoors! Our location gives us access to many nearby green spaces (Robarts Library, Innis College, Woodsworth College, New College, other University courtyards) and we also have responsibility for the garden behind the church where we love to spend our time getting dirty and tending to the seeds we plant. We spend our mornings and afternoons (weather permitting) at the enclosed park across from the school at the corner of Huron & Washington.

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Meet our teachers!

Meet our teachers!

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DIRECTORTracey Pegg, RECE

Tracey has been teaching at Huron Playschool for 10 years. She teaches children in the morning and afternoon programs.

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TEACHERMimi Kusic, RECE

Nanotechnology immersion along the information.

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ASSISTANT TEACHERJulia Da Cunha

Bring to the table win-win survival strategies to ensure.

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TEACHERChristine Agra, RECE

Proactive domination. At the end of the day, going forward.

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