Did you know?
Our nursery school is a parent cooperative - this means our community of families make decisions about the school and run the administration side of things.
Without parent involvement, our school is unable to function! SNS needs our parent volunteers to step forward and fill these Board roles.
Strathcona Nursery School promotes a learn through play environment for 2½ to 5 year olds. We emphasize play because play enhances children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and development. Through play, children learn to concentrate, exercise their imagination, try out ideas, rehearse behaviour, and make sense of their world.
This year, we're proud to have very small class sizes and a bright and fun classroom! We take every possible precaution to ensure a safe and healthy school community, including a new commercial sanitizer unit.
Strathcona Nursery School strives to present a high-quality, developmentally appropriate program based on a learn though play philosophy. It is the goal of Strathcona Nursery School and its teachers to provide an opportunity for preschool children to play in a mixed-age setting, encourage their creativity and curiosity with a wide range of materials and activities, and foster a sense of security and self-confidence in children by offering them a safe setting in which to develop relationships and solve conflicts.
All families at Strathcona Nursery School are members of a parent-led cooperative preschool, which means that the success and well-being of the school depends on your commitment and dedication throughout the year. The parent body works together toward common goals, the most important of which is to provide a happy, safe, and satisfying preschool experience for SNS students.
Parental involvement is essential for the effective operation of the cooperative. The quality of the preschool is directly related to the efforts and commitments of the entire parent body. You are encouraged to talk to the teachers about any special interests, hobbies, work, etc. that you would like to share with the students.
Each session includes a variety of activities, many of them self-directed by your child. This empowers them to develop self-confidence and independence. Therefore, the order and timing of the activities may vary. These include:
We operate 5 mornings and 4 afternoons each week with approximately 13 children in each session.
Through play, the whole child is developed.
Students at Strathcona Nursery School learn to:
Benefits for SNS families:
Still not sure? Hear from our current SNS children!
This year we're looking at a buddy system for new families! Let us know if you'd like to participate.
We are proud of our approach to health and safety. Alberta Health Services' inspectors think so too!
We typically follow the EPSB school calendar (except PD days). Parents will receive more detail prior to the start of the school year.
We provide the final version of this handbook to confirmed families.
Children must be at least 30 months old (2.5) on their start date.
Children who are between 30 and 35 months (2.5 - 3) may only attend a maximum of 2 sessions per week, preferably on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Children aged 3 - 5 may attend up to 4 sessions per week.
As a parent co-operative, our fees are very competitive. We aim to cover the school's expenses through a combination of fundraising and school fees.
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50.00.
Monthly fees are as follows:
These fees are provided for information purposes. All fees are subject to change based on enrolment, as well as the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Additional fees, including field trip fees will be outlined in the parent handbook provided to registered families.
All families will qualify for the affordability grant and some may qualify for the new provincial child care subsidy. More information can be found here.
As a parent co-operative, the families run the business of the school. Parents are expected to both volunteer and attend parent duty days. Details on volunteer expectations will be further outlined in the parent handbook provided to registered families.
There are a variety of volunteer roles available, from board membership to cleaning bees. Each role has an expectation of time commitment, and help to ensure the continued administration of the school.
Duty days are required to provide an extra set of helping hands in the classroom. One member of each family must volunteer for approximately one session per month.
Still have questions? Please let us know using the form below. We will respond to all questions and update this page as we answer them!
Check out this great video about what it means to be part of our nursery school community. Thanks for taking the time to read and learn all about us!
If you still have questions we held a live Q&A, watch it here.