Dover gardens Nursery School

Where Little Ones Grow

Dover Gardens is a non-profit playschool operating in the Dufferin Grove 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 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an optional extended kindergarten preparation program available from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. 


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. 

Our staff are Registered Early Childhood Educators (R.E.C.Es) and are supported in the classroom by ECE student teachers and parents who come in for monthly duty days in our cooperative model. 

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