LEARNING SHOULD BE FUN

Rockwood Nursery School is celebrating over 50 years of operation in our community! We proudly serve the town of Rockwood, Guelph Eramosa East, Acton and beyond.  We offer a large, bright and spacious setting for our nursery school programs. The Rockwood Nursery School (RNS) offers preschool and nursery school classes for children aged 18 months to 5 years.

As a non profit cooperative, we take pride in parental involvement, as it is a necessity for the continuation of our programs. Parents can volunteer in classes, and are required to volunteer as part of one of the many committees that make our school run. The school has an elected Board of Directors, consisting of parents who meet monthly with the teachers to handle the business of running the school. If you currently have a child enrolled at the school and would like to be part of the board, please email rnsboard@yahoo.ca. Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting each May.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We offer a fun, safe, nurturing and caring environment in which children are encouraged to develop their potential. Staff and parents work together to offer a stimulating setting for children to increase their sense of self-worth, with the following results:

  • Our children will learn to trust the teacher, other adults and other children

  • They will foster independence through being able to choose their own activities

  • They will learn cooperation through sharing, waiting one’s turn and being part of a group

  • They will learn to use materials properly and creatively

  • They will gain the skills required to succeed in their future education

We’re About The Little People…

GREAT SPACE WITH QUALIFIED TEACHERS

E.C.E. and Montessori educated and experienced teachers (excellent ratios) providing high quality programming in a bright, open and large space with a welcoming and safe environment.

PRACTICAL LEARNING

Licensed programs for toddlers (18-36 months, diaper friendly), and Preschool aged children including enriched programs for JK/SK preparedness.  Multiple learning centres and weekly themes to capture kids’ imaginations.  Circle time, story time, free play, crafts, nutritional snacks and physically active daily play.  

PARENTS WELCOME

Low tuition fees due to our co-operative program with many opportunities for parental involvement.

REGULAR EVENTS

Regular field trips for the students as well as many family friendly events throughout the year.

Meet Our Teachers

NICKI BARENS
NICKI BARENS
A dynamic figure within the community, Nicki just celebrated her 30th anniversary with Rockwood Nursery School this year. Always smiling and ever patient, Nicki is described by her peers and students as loving, fun, kind and caring. She is not just popular with our kids; she is a staple member of the community. She is a skating enthusiast, master knitter, fundraising guru, grandmother extraordinaire, a birthday month lover, and the best lollipop tree discoverer in Wellington County!
VICTORIA CAULFEILD
VICTORIA CAULFEILD
Victoria Caulfeild is celebrating her 9th year with Rockwood Nursery School. She is known for always smiling and is up for any challenge. She is meticulously organized, and her attention to detail allows her to take each student’s unique personality and create opportunities for them to flourish. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys reading, running, ball hockey, cycling, volunteering as a mascot and attending the gym. She is a wonderful teacher and we are lucky to have her at the school!
PATRICIA FINNEGAN
PATRICIA FINNEGAN
Patricia Finnegan (aka: Miss Tricia) is the newest member of our team, and is celebrating her 3rd year with the school. She is upbeat, positive and hands on with her approach to her students. She is a lover of Irish dance, an aspiring surfer and there is nothing
more important than her family. Her kindness, compassion and ability to make each child feel valued are just some of the qualities that make her an outstanding teacher.

What Parents Say

My daughters both attended Rockwood Nursery School for their preschool education. It couldn’t have been a more positive social and educational experience. The RNS teachers provide a nurturing and caring environment while helping the children explore the world around them. This positive preschool education made the transition into elementary school very smooth for both of them. I would highly recommend Rockwood Nursery School
Rachel, mom of Claire & Emma
As a mother of two busy boys I can’t comment enough about the great programming they were provided with at Rockwood Nursery School. They were not only able to craft but were also able to spend some of their exuberant energy riding cars and climbing on the climber. I also formed many friendships from working with other mothers on duty days and volunteering on the board
Vic, mom of Thomas & Robert
Between my two children I am now in my 6th year of Rockwood Nursery School and we have loved every minute of it. I along with my children have made some great friends over the years. It was very comforting to my kids to know other children from the community before they entered kindergarten. The teachers make every child feel special and make every day a fun and exciting adventure and for that I cannot thank them enough. We still have one more year at Rockwood Nursery School and I can’t wait to see what they have planned for this next year
Amanda, mom of Eric & Kate
We have been involved with the school for 5 amazing years. My kids learnt so much and made so many new friends. As a family, we had so much fun being a part of this school and the teacher’s really did make you feel part of something special. I look at my kids today, as they now are about to both be in school full time, and know that are better prepared for this after their time with Rockwood Nursery School. A truly wonderful school and community experience
Bridget, mom of Lexi & Callum

Our Programs

GROUP A: PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

$165monthly
  • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 9:00AM-11:30AM
  • This class is for pre-school children turning 3 in the year of enrollment. The class is run with two teachers.

GROUP B: TODDLER PROGRAM

$170monthly
  • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 9:00AM-11:15AM
  • This class is for children that are 18 months old as of the September of enrollment. The class is run with two teachers.

GROUP C: ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

$165monthly
  • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 12:30PM – 3:00PM
  • For children who turn 3, 4, or 5 in the year of enrollment. For children preparing for JK and children already attending school. This class is run with two teachers.

GROUP D: ALL DAY PROGRAM

$175monthly
  • FRIDAYS 9:00AM – 2:30PM
  • This is an all day program designed for pre-school and kindergarten age children. The class runs with two teachers. Lunch is included in this program.
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Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction

Our annual Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction is our most lucrative fundraiser of the year.  The proceeds of this event help cover costs of the day to day operations of our non-profit programs.  Each year, we hold a family friendly spaghetti dinner along with a silent auction full of hundreds of new products and services with proceeds going directly back to the school.  Children and adults of all ages have a wonderful time, playing games, getting their faces painted, enjoying our live entertainment, and bidding on our auction items.  We reach out to the community for help in pulling this event together and kindly ask for donations of food, drinks, desserts, and new items or services to auction at our silent auction.  If you think you or your company may be able to help with a donation for this event, please contact us.  This year’s event is being held at Rockmosa Community Centre on Saturday March 2, 2019.  Whether or not you have children attending the nursery school, we hope you will join us for this fun event.

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