Dover gardens Nursery School

Where Little Ones Grow

Dover Gardens is a non-profit playschool operating in the Dovercourt Village neighbourhood since 1983. Toddlers (18–30 months) and Preschoolers (2½–5 years) have an opportunity to grow and learn in a safe, engaging environment with the support of two qualified Early Childhood Educators. As a cooperative model school, we offer a unique opportunity to be involved in your children’s early education.


Dover Gardens Nursery School operates on a family model, allowing toddlers and preschoolers to participate in the same activities to learn and grow from each other. 

Each daily session at Dover Gardens includes: 

  • Engaging circle time built around a weekly theme

  • A period of free play with craft activities, sensory bins, blocks, puzzles and a dramatic play centre

  • Tidy-up, toileting and hand washing routine

  • Nutritious snack (including fruits and vegetables, grains and protein, adhering to necessary dietary restrictions) with conversation

  • Physical play in the classroom and outdoor playground

Our program runs Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (for toddlers) or 12:45pm (for preschoolers). 


Dover Gardens is staffed by two Registered Early Childhood Educators (R.E.C.Es). For several months of the school year, our teachers are joined in the classroom by E.C.E student teachers. Under our cooperative model, there is also the opportunity for interested parents to take on occasional "duty days" supporting our teachers in the classroom.

Dover Gardens is licensed by the Ministry of Education and the City of Toronto. Our license allows us to operate two separate programs (Toddler: 18 to 30 months, and Preschool: 2 ½ to 5 years) or to operate as a mixed age group program, often referred to as a family model. This allows the children to interact with each other and learn from one another. 

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