to the best start for your child
The North Dumfries Preschool Co-operative Inc. was founded in Ayr over 40 years ago. It was created by a group of parents who shared the core belief that parents are a child's first and most important teachers. Our program is licensed by the Ministry of Education Program and serves children ages 18 months to 5 years old divided into age appropriate classes for toddlers and preschoolers. These children are nurtured and encouraged by their parents who work in the classroom and by our wonderful teachers, helping them to get prepared for the kindergarten years. The North Dumfries Preschool Co-operative is funded in part by the Region of Waterloo.
We serve a large area of communities around Ayr Ontario, including, but not limited to: Kitchener/Waterloo, Paris, Cambridge, Drumbo, Princeton, Innerkip, and more!
What is a Co-op?
North Dumfries Preschool Co-operative Inc. (NDPCI) is a co-operative organization that is owned, administered and maintained by the parents on a not-for-profit basis. By definition, a co-operative is an enterprise working together willingly for a common purpose or benefit. That common purpose at NDPCI is to give our children the best start in their first school setting experience with a teacher while still having the comfort, warmth and security of their parent’s' participation. Parents cooperate with the teachers, other parents and children to ensure a positive learning experience during this important introduction to routines, socialization and skill development. Being part of a co-operative is an enriching experience for parents as we are afforded the unique opportunity to shape our children’s learning experience in a hands-on approach within a school setting. NDPCI is proud to offer this valuable structure of learning to parents and their children.
NDPCI has a Board of Directors which consists of volunteer parents to help run the Preschool. While these parents organize key elements of the Preschool, all parents must be involved in order for the school to run smoothly. All parents help through Duty Days in the classroom, through committee work and also through fundraising events.
Learn, Socialize, Independence & Play!
Our preschool is the best way to start getting your children ready to learn and become organized in a classroom setting, begin to socialize with other children regularly and become independent ... all through play!
Play is at the heart of our program where children discover the world around them by being encouraged to explore, led by their own interests and curiosity. Through play, which nourishes every aspect of a child's development, a foundation of learning will be established and reflected upon to ensure meaningful participation for every child. Children will improve in their physical development by participating in activities that incorporate gross motor and fine motor skills. Children will have opportunities to work through their emotions and be given the chance to express themselves. They will gain self-esteem and decision making capabilities. Play experiences will stimulate curiosity and a sense of wonder.
Our belief is that together, parents and our RECE teacher can provide a safe, welcome and encouraging environment that fosters a love of learning.
Our Preschool classrooms are well-equipped. We have an indoor free-play space in a large gymnasium, a craft room, a play room for creative play and story -telling as well as a fenced-in outdoor play space.
Jenn Culp is our fantastic registered ECE teacher, who has been with our preschool since 2009. She engages the children with love, patience and enthusiasm. She manages to utilize all and any opportunities to teach the children. Ms. Jenn is First Aid and CPR certified.
Kim Newell is our morning assistant teacher. Kim is happily married with two young girls. She comes to the preschool with experience as a stay at home mom, ECE Assistant, and has worked with us previously, as the Assistant Teacher of the Afternoon Class in 2017. She is currently on the path to becoming an ECE. Kim’s love for the children shows in her daily interactions and relationships with the children and families of the preschool. She is First Aid and CPR certified.
Sanja Dammeier is our afternoon assistant teacher. She is a happily married mom of two girls who make her proud every day. She has extensive experience in working with children, running a home daycare business, volunteering at her children's school and helping out in a classroom. She is CPR and First Aid Certified, familiar with sign language and has experience working with children with developmental delays and disorders. Sanja is currently enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program.
What Parents Are Saying
"I told my daughter she was my favourite girl. She responded by saying "Ms. Culp is my favourite girl." This is how much she loves Preschool!"
"I can't even drive by the Preschool without my kid getting excited saying "I go to Preschool today?""
"My son has been going to Preschool since he was 18 months old. Ms. Culp is warm, loving, patient and flexible with all the students and made the transition to school so much easier for him (and me!)."
"Being a part of a Co-Operative Preschool is such a great experience! I love being a part of the class and seeing how my son interacts with his classmates on my duty days. And because the school relies on parent involvement, I like knowing that I can have an impact on how it operates to ensure my kids are getting the best preschool experience."