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Montreal Families

Concordia’s Observation Nursery on the move

This fall, Concordia University’s Observation Nursery will settle into a larger and more accommodating space inside the Grey Nuns Amex Building. Run by Concordia’s Department of Education, the program was previously housed inside the J.W. McConnell Building on de Maisonneuve Blvd. The new space gives the program access to upgraded facilities, including a vast green space.

“There is a much more comfortable place for parents to sit, chat, and participate in our discussion groups,” explains Fiona Rowlands, one of the educators. “We also have a space for younger siblings to play.”

The nursery’s philosophy emphasizes a child-centred approach with a focus on play. It aims to provide a stimulating, educational and developmentally-appropriate program and to offer teachers in training the opportunity to observe, interact and develop their skills. The child/educator ratio is 12/1, explains Rowlands, which gives them a chance to get to know each child and foster stronger connections.

“We really develop a sense of community,” she says. “Many parents have commented that they feel the program has given them the chance to connect with other parents, gain a different perspective on their children, learn about themselves and develop some new parenting ideas.”

The program runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 3 and 5. There are a limited number of spots still available for September.

For more information, call 514-457-6461. 

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