Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of sending my child to a cooperative model school?

At Dover Gardens, all families have a chance to be a key part of their child’s first school and social experiences. The cooperative model provides a natural forum to meet other families and become involved in the community. For parents who are interested, duty days can provide the opportunity to see how your child interacts with other children, get to know their teachers and their friends.

What responsibilities do parents have at Dover Gardens?

Dover Gardens is run on the cooperative model, which means that parents manage and participate in running the school. Each family chooses a board role or classroom task at the beginning of the year. Parent members work together on the board and committees, help to run events, work together to enrich the learning environment, and attend the semi-annual general meetings.

Does Dover Gardens run a full day program?

At this time we only offer a half-day program which runs Monday through Friday from 9–12 p.m. for toddlers, or 9–12:45 p.m. for preschoolers.

Does Dover Gardens close in the summer?

Yes. Since we are housed in  Dovercourt Junior Public School, we follow the schedule of the Toronto District School Board. The school closes for two weeks at Christmas, one week for March break and two months in the summer. We are open during PD days.

Does my child need to be potty-trained to attend Dover Gardens?

No. Both E.C.E instructors are trained in toileting and diapering and will support whatever stage your child is currently at.