FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What does it mean to be a parent co-operative program?
A parent co-operative preschool operates under a volunteer board and relies on caregivers to fulfil volunteer positions. In order for a parent co-operative preschool to run successfully, everyone must work together. The success of the daily operations of the school depends on the fulfillment of your volunteer role.
When is the application deadline?
Applications for the following school year will open in January for alumni families and will open for general registration after the open house in February. Applications are time stamped and accepted in sequential order. The application payment is required to secure your spot. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until November 30 of that school year.
How are the classes filled?
Classes will be filled on a first come first served basis. Priority registration for current and alumni families opens in January. Those attending the open house will receive registration access prior to general registration.
Can I still apply even if spaces are full?
Yes. Your child’s name will be added to the wait list according to the date your application is received. Should you wish to register your child for the current school year, please ask about spaces available by emailing the Registrar. Registrations for a current school year close at the end of November.
When will we find out if we have been offered a space?
Applicants will be notified by email within a few days to be informed whether your child has been offered a spot or waitlisted.
How many spaces are available each year?
We currently accommodate 18 students in each Early Foundations and Kindergarten Readiness class.
Are 2 year olds accepted into the Program?
Due to licensing, children must be at least 3 years old when they start our program. Children must be turning 3 years old by December 31st and can attend the program on or after their 3rd birthday. Payment for the full school year is required to hold the spot.
Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend the program?
All children must be toilet-trained prior to the beginning of school. Please encourage your child to use the washroom prior to the beginning of class. You may be asked to pick up your child from school if they become soiled. Repeat issues regarding toilet training may result in the cancellation of your child’s registration.
Do I need to provide a snack and what should I send in?
Caregivers are responsible for providing a simple, healthy snack and drink each school day. Snacks should be kept in a small snack bag or container labeled with your child’s name. This is placed in your child's cubby during drop-off, and is not refrigerated. Please ensure that your child can open their snack containers and water bottles on their own.
What is your policy for nuts?
Bonnie Doon Playschool is a NUT FREE preschool. Please read the labels of all food that you send with your child. Look for items that are clearly labelled Nut-Free, and/or made in a Nut-Free establishment.
What clothing or shoes are suggested for the program?
Children should be dressed in clothes that they can get messy. Please ensure your child has a spare set of clothing and indoor shoes to leave in their cubby. When selecting indoor shoes, choose a pair that your child can put on and take off on their own. Please label all of your child's items.
How are birthdays celebrated?
We will recognize your child’s birthday with a birthday song and crown on their birthday (or the closest school day). Once a month we will celebrate all of the birthdays in the month with cupcakes provided by the school. Please do not send additional snacks for your child's birthday.
When is the AGM for the next school year?
The AGM for the next school year is typically the first week of June. The registrar will send an email once the date is confirmed. It is mandatory for a representative from each family to attend the AGM to determine volunteer roles and vote in the board members.