School Closing

Last week, our daughter’s nursery school called a meeting in which we parents were informed that the school will be closing at the end of the year.

This was very bad news in our household. The school is VERY close to our home, reasonably priced and because it is not tied to a regular school, it has better operational hours. Nursery schools tied to regular schools operate for only about 2.5 hours (9-11:30, for example). Ours was from 9 – 12. In that time, if my husband dropped her off, I was able to get a lot done and then devote my afternoons to my wee face.

The reasons given were largely based on financial viability. To blame? According to the school, full day kindergarten is to blame. So let me get this straight: a school that serves 2.5 – 4 year olds is affected by a program that only starts at age 4? Great.

Enrollment was down a bit this year – perhaps having something to do with the fact that the school didn’t open at the beginning of the school year thanks to a union strike. Parents found other alternatives. Unless we are really unlucky, that isn’t a scenario that is likely to repeat next September.

Nikki turns 4 in December 2012, so technically she is eligible for Junior Kindergarten. Our local school is still only half day, 2 or 3 days a week. So we needed something else for the alternate days and the nursery school would have been perfect. Nikki could have transitioned to the ‘big school’ while still maintaining ties to her nursery school. She would have received an amazing amount of enrichment, as the teachers at her school are beyond amazing.

Instead, we are going to have to find some sort of daycare / nanny / babysitter arrangement, none of which fills me with tremendous confidence.

All of this leads nowhere except to say that a province that claims that early childhood education is vital and one of their main priorities shouldn’t allow this sort of thing to happen.

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