Oriole Nursery School is a non-denominational, co-operative preschool where parents get the unique opportunity to share in their child’s preschool experience through bi-weekly participation in the classroom. These Duty Days enable parents and caregivers to participate first hand in their child’s preschool experience, as a teacher’s assistant. Parents may also choose a non-participating status, opting out of Duty Days, for an additional fee.

Parents also participate in the school’s daily operations, through volunteer positions. Parents choose their level of participation within the community; volunteer jobs range from making play dough to being a member of the Board of Directors. Board members who choose a ‘participating’ status are only required to attend one Duty Day a week.



Our facilities consist of:

  • 3 inviting and well-equipped classrooms;

  • A music and movement room;

  • A Community hall which is used for our Music, Yoga and Dance programs and has a wide selection of toys to play with during poor weather;

  • A large private and secure outdoor playground that meets current codes and standards; and

  • Access to a fully equipped kitchen, where nutritious snacks are prepared by our teachers.

Our Program

Oriole runs morning only classes from 8:50am am to 11:45 am, September to June. Enrollment may begin at any time during the school year and fees will be pro-rated accordingly.

Junior Class

2 – 3 year olds

15 children maximum

 Ratio is 1 adult to every 5 children

Available 2, 3, 4, or 5 mornings a week

Our Junior class provides a wonderful first school experience, focusing on social relationships, following routines and building understanding of and empathy for others.  Children are welcome to enroll after their 2nd birthday, space permitting. (Children who are not eligible for the Senior class may continue in the Junior class the following school year).

Senior Class

3 – 4 year olds

16 children maximum

 Ratio is 1 adult to every 5 children

Available  5 mornings a week

Our Senior class provides a strong foundation for full day Kindergarten by teaching effective communication skills, encouraging creative thinking and developing problem solving skills. Children enrolled in the Senior class attend 5 mornings a week. Children must turn 3 years of age before December 31st of the school year.

Each class follows its own schedule of activities. In both of the classes, children engage in:

  • 40 minutes of outdoor play, in our private playground. During inclement weather, gross motor activities take place in our large, spacious  gym

  • 30 minutes of teacher led circle time or small group activities

  • 1 hour of open free play in our art room and playroom

  • The children take a break for a nutritious snack, which is prepared on-site

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Enriched programming and creative experiences include:

  • Multi-Sport Kids, a non-competitive sports program, every second Monday

  • French classes, with very dedicated outside professionals, every Friday

  • Music, Dance or Yoga classes every Wednesday;

  • Special events for students and their siblings (attending with a caregiver) on Toronto District School Board PD Days.

  • Daily art and sensory activities in our dedicated art room

  • Gardening activities in the spring and summer in our on-site gardens

  • Science projects, cooking and baking activities and more!