Fall registration opens for Glebe Co-operative Nursery School

Photo: The Glebe Co-op Nursery School, in operation since 1977, is a cheerful, child-centred preschool located in the Glebe Community Centre. Registration for fall programs is open.

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By Julie LeBlanc


One of Central Ottawa’s longest running preschools, the Glebe Co-operative Nursery School (GCNS), is the perfect place for your preschool child to blossom. GCNS is a non-profit licensed childcare centre in which parents can take an active role in creating an exceptional learning environment for their child.

The school is located in the fully accessible Glebe Community Centre in the heart of our community. The children learn and play in a bright and spacious classroom. The classroom is organized into carefully planned learning centres. These learning centres allow the children to choose their own activities and to work and play independently or in small groups at their own pace and ability level. Learning centres include special areas for reading, science and discovery, drama, cognitive toys, blocks, sensory exploration and art. The classes also have regular access to the large main hall in the community centre.

GCNS is the only nursery school in the city that takes the children outside to play year-round. The fully fenced yard is equipped with a variety of materials to provide opportunities for gross motor and social experiences. GCNS has exclusive use of this yard for its outside playtime.

The goal of the program is to provide a positive learning and social experience and to encourage the development of the whole child. It lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Children learn to view school as a positive place, learn to love finding out new things, learn how to make friends and learn that adults other than their parents can be fun, caring and trusting. At GCNS, children are considered competent, capable of complex thinking, curious and rich in potential.

The Glebe Co-operative Nursery School began in September 1977 as a parent-child playgroup. Over the years, the playgroup evolved into a preschool staffed by highly experienced, professional early-childhood educators.

There are two programs offered from September to June:

The Toddler Program, for children ages 1.5 years to 2.5 years, takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Here, children eager to play will enjoy the learning activities in their first entry into early education. Wonderful, loving teachers, a bright, cheery environment and lots of learning opportunities provide a happy start to learning and socializing.

The Preschool Program, for children ages 2.5 years to 4.5 years, takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Through independent engagement in stimulating activities and directed learning time with educators in small groups, preschool children develop the social, physical, intellectual and creative skills that form the foundation for success in their ongoing education. The morning program is an excellent way of preparing for junior kindergarten.

The Glebe Neighborhood Activities Group also offers a supervised Lunch Club Program within the community centre from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm as well as a variety of supervised afternoon preschool programming from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm to extend your child’s day.

Visit glebepreschool.com for more information and to register your child.


Glebe Co-operative Nursery School’s Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for the Glebe Co-operative Nursery School’s Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser on Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m. until noon. This family-friendly street party takes place on Third Avenue in front of the Glebe Community Centre. All are invited to enjoy live music, a fire truck visit, crafts, face painting, snacks, refreshments and a silent auction.


Julie LeBlanc is responsible for communications for the Glebe Cooperative Nursery School.

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