Programs

Hippo Nursery School operates from September through August, from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 PM. We are closed for two weeks over the winter holidays, one week over March Break, and one week at the end of August, as well as all statutory holidays. In the summer, we operate a summer program with 2 week sessions following the same schedule as the school-year program.

Pre-Care: 8:15 am to 9:00 am

Morning Programs: 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:00 noon

For children who stay full days:

Nap 12:00 to 2:00 pm; Quiet Time 12:00 to 1:00

Afternoon Program 1:00 to 3:30 pm After-Care: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

During the winter, we follow the lead of the Toronto District School Board in decisions about closing or early closing, due to severe weather conditions.

Morning Programs

These programs run Monday to Friday from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Children are divided into three groups according to their age.

Younger (Toddler) Group

Middle (younger preschool) Group

Older Preschool Group

As part of their morning schedule, all children engage in free play, circle, outdoor play (weather permitting) and snack.

Afternoon Programs for Full Day children

Mixed-Age Preschool Group / Younger (Toddler/Young Preschooler) Group: This program runs Monday to Friday from 1:00 – 3:30 pm. Children are in two groups – one for toddlers and one of older preschool mixed-age children.  The schedule is similar to the morning schedule, but children who need it, can nap until 2:00.

Each group has one ECE teacher and one ECA staff or two duty day volunteer staff.

Lunch Program: Hot lunches are prepared for children who stay over the lunch period. Hot lunches are balanced, nutritious meals in accordance with the Canada Food Guide. A monthly menu is posted. The lunch period is supervised by the Supervisor and/or ECE teacher and ECA staff.

Pre-Care and After-Care Programs: The Pre-Care and After-Care Programs can accommodate up to eight children per day and are staffed by one teacher. The program includes outside free play, large motor and/or creative play, crafts, story-reading and child-directed activities. Pre- and After-Care is available on a full- or part-time basis.