Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Your child does not need to be toilet-trained to attend Grimsby Co-operative Preschool. Our teachers work to the best of their ability to help carry over your training efforts while your child is at preschool. In fact, the influence from peers will often help with the toilet training process!
I am afraid my child will become upset when I leave, how will this be handled?
It is normal for young children to become upset when separated from their parents for the first time. We encourage you to leave your child in the capable hands of our experienced teachers. We will work with your child, and provide special attention as they transition into the classroom.
What should my child wear to school?
We encourage you to send your children to school in comfortable, simple clothing that is easily taken on and off independently for bathroom breaks, and that are appropriate for often messy play and artwork! A dedicated pair of indoor running shoes are required for wearing inside.
Will the children play outside every day?
Our goal is to incorporate active outdoor play every day, weather permitting. We follow the Ontario Ministry of Education’s guidelines, which is to go outside unless it is raining, or -15 degrees (with the windchill) or colder. Please keep this in mind as you send weather appropriate outdoor attire, such as hat, mittens, snowpants, boots and coat in the winter, and splash pants, rubber boots and lighter jacket in the fall and spring, and apply sunscreen before arriving at school.
My child has a peanut allergy, what is your peanut policy?
Grimsby Co-operative Preschool is a nut-free school. If a child attending Grimsby Co-operative Preschool has an allergy, the allergy will be posted in each playroom, as well as in the child’s file. The staff will be aware of the allergy. It if is a serious allergy, where an EpiPen is required, parents need to complete an Individual Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan and hang it in the classroom. All snacks that all children bring from home are required to be nut-free, and we do not encourage children to share their snacks with their friends. If parents wish to bring in special treats to celebrate a special event or birthday, the treats must be store-bought and nut free. Home baked goods are not permitted.
How will I know how my child is doing throughout the day?
We use a program called HiMama to keep parents updated and informed about their child’s progress. As often as we can, we send electronic reports and photos home to let parents know how their child is doing. Our parents love HiMama and feel very informed about their child’s day.
Am I permitted to visit my child throughout the day?
Of course! We encourage parents to come and visit the preschool whenever they like. We would, however, appreciate not more than two parents per class at a time. Please note, parents do not have unsupervised access to children in the preschool.
Who oversees the operation of the preschool?
The operation is overseen by the board of directors and the school’s Chief Executive Officer. We are licensed by the Ministry of Education - Early Learning Division and inspections are also done annually by the Niagara Regional Public Health Department and the Grimsby Fire Department. We have a Purchase of Service Agreement with the Niagara Region Childcare Division which supports us financially and in many other areas
How long has the preschool been in operation?
Grimsby Co-operative Preschool first opened on September 21, 1971 - we have been an integral part of the community for nearly 45 years! We have had many members who attended Grimsby Co-operative Preschool as children and are now bringing their children to the school!
As a co-operative preschool, what is my requirement for participation?
We are a co-operative preschool, which means that the school is organized and administered by the parents of the attending preschoolers. Parents serve as officers, attend meetings and work on committees. Other duties of members include participation in the orientation program held every August, and attendance at the General Meetings held twice a year, in September and April. In addition, support is required for projects involving fundraising, school programming and publicity throughout the year. Families may choose to participate in the School’s Opt-Out in Lieu of Fundraising program on enrolment each year. This fee is set in the summer, based on fundraising goals.
Am I required to commit to duty days?
There are no duty days at Grimsby Co-operative Preschool. This requirement, common in co-operative preschool environments, was eliminated in this organization a number of years ago to accommodate the needs of today’s modern family. We have staff in place to cover our ratios which is 1 adult to 8 children.
Can my child start preschool at any time during the year?
Yes, we accept registrations at any time throughout the school year, as long as there is space available.
Can I come and visit the preschool before I register my child?
We encourage all perspective families to come by for a visit – we feel this is the best way to find out if our school is a good fit for your family. We ask that you please make an appointment by telephone prior to your visit.
I am interested in enrolling my child - what’s next?
Please contact us by phone at (905-945-1519) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check on availability. You can then download a registration package directly on our website, or by clicking here. Once we receive your completed package and $50.00 registration fee, your space will be guaranteed. If there is no availability then you can request to be added to our waitlist.