frequently asked questions
- 1. Where is Bloor West Nursery School (BWNS) located?
We are located at 432 Runnymede Road, Toronto in the lower level of the Runnymede United Church.
- 2. Since BWNS is affiliated with Runnymede United, is there a religion component to the curriculum?
There is not a religion component per se however BWNS takes an holistic approach to nursery school and encourages spiritual growth by exposing children to stories encouraging Christian values, a variety of Christian songs and music and special themes such as Christmas and Easter.
- 3. If I am interested in enrolling my child in BWNS, what do I do?
Please contact the registrar to indicate your interest. An interview will be arranged by the registrar to familiarize you and your child with the teachers, surroundings, and answer questions prior to enrolment.
- 4. Can I register my child in advance of them being ready to attend Nursery School?
Yes, you can. Please contact theregistrar. Your child’s name will be placed on the list for the appropriate year and a non-refundable $50 fee will be due.
- 5. When do I have to have my registration submitted?
The registrar usually begins contacting families in late December or early January prior to the September school year. At that time, the balance of the registration fee and a cheque for the first month will be submitted. Forms, such as the immunization record, will be required prior to the first day of school. The registrar will provide instructions on obtaining and submitting those forms.
- 6. What time does BWNS start in the morning?
The doors to the classroom open at 8:55 AM. It is preferred that children arrive within 15 minutes of that time. Flexibility is available if there is an older sibling attending another school with different start times. Dismissal time is 11:25 AM.
- 7. Is there an afternoon program?
No. There is only a morning program that runs 8:55 AM to 11:25 AM.
- 8. Is there parent involvement with the program?
The program is not a co-operative so there is no required participation. However, parents are encouraged to be involved, especially if you have a particular skill or area of expertise and would like to speak with the children about it.
- 9. Can I volunteer in the classroom?
You are welcome to volunteer in the classroom. In accordance with the Ministry of Education, criminal reference checks and a review of relevant BWNS volunteer policy documentation is required. Further information regarding volunteering may be obtained from theregistrar.
- 10. What is the allergy policy at BWNS?
BWNS maintains a nut-free environment within the classroom. If there are additional allergies amongst the children, that may impact snacks, etc., parents will be made aware at the beginning of the school year. It is hoped that all parents and caregivers will familiarize themselves with the specific allergy policy so as to avoid creating any unsafe situations. In addition, BWNS maintains an Anaphylactic Policy that is reviewed annually by all teachers and a member of the Board of Directors. This policy outlines the anaphylaxis emergency plan, strategy to reduce exposure to allergens, emergency response and communication plan. This policy is available for review.