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Playschool- Preparation for JK!

Manor Park Playschool

Perfect preparation for kindergarten!


Since 2002, the Manor Park Playschool has welcomed children to learn through play. Today, the Playschool provides quality half-day recreational programming to children eligible to start kindergarten the following year. Their perfect introduction to school!   

Guided by experienced instructors, children in the Playschool explore the world around them through play, art, stories, games and more - all while making friends and having fun!  Age-appropriate toys, books and games, themed towards the children's interests, make this program the perfect way to get your child ready for school!
The Manor Park Community Centre is nestled in an environment of grassy lawns, treed parkland and preschooler-friendly play structures, making it the perfect home for the Manor Park Playschool. During renovations to the community centre, the Playschool will be temporarily relocated to a portable building on the grounds.

Preschooler programming runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30-11:00am, from September to June.  Children must be born in 2014 to register in this program.  Parents may choose two or three mornings per week for their child.  Fees are prepaid to the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) by month of registration.

Registration and Information Package 2017-2018

New payment option! 

Pre-Authorized Debits (PAD) now available for paying fees.

Safe, easy and reliable describe Pre-Authorized Debits (PAD) as a payment alternative to post-dated cheques or cash.

This option is available to any family with a bank account and email address. Here is what you need to know:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Pre-Authorized Debits (PAD) Agreement form (to print, compete and sign)
Sample Cancellation form
Understanding the numbers on the bottom of your cheque

Questions may be directed to us, or to your own bank.

Supervisor and Head Instructor, Christine Poirier, is an elementary school teacher. Along with Assistant Instructor Jennifer Coulas, they have played, laughed, read, and explored with preschoolers and toddlers for a combined total of 15 years. Their professional training as educators and personal experience as mothers create the light and nurturing atmosphere of the Manor Park Playschool where children laugh, learn and play.


Q:  Is this licensed child care?
A:  No.  The Manor Park Playschool is a recreational program operated by the Manor Park Community Council (MPCC). The MPCC offers a variety of recreational programs for children throughout the year including sports, arts, and summer camps.  (We have programs for parents, too!)  We have been a recreation provider for over 35 years. This prepartion for junior kindergarten program is not child care.
Q:  Is the program open on holidays, PA Days or during the summer?
A:  The Manor Park Playschool is open from September through June except for public holidays (including Easter Monday).  We close for one week during ‘March Break’ and for two weeks during Christmas and New Year holidays. 
Q:  Can I register my child at any time during the year?
A:  We accept registrations on a monthly basis provided there is space in the program and your child is old enough to participate.
Q:  How old does my child have to be?
A:  Preschoolers must be 31 months or older by September 1, 2017.  In other words, to register, your child must be eligible to begin Junior Kindergarten in September 2018.
Q: Does my child need to be toilet trained?
A:  Preschoolers must be toilet trained or in the process of being toilet trained. While we implement a toileting routine geared for your child’s success, children need to be ready for toilet training. Pull-ups are allowed.
Q:  What should my child bring?
A:  All children must bring indoor shoes, outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, a healthy snack – nut- and peanut-free, please -- and a change of clothes in case of an accident.  Children not yet toilet-trained must have a supply of diapers / pull-ups, and wipes in their backpack daily. 
Q:  Do you provide fee subsidies?
A:  Sorry, but fee subsidies are not available.
Q:  Tell me about a morning at the Manor Park Playschool.
A:  Each day is planned so that your child can laugh, learn and play in a warm and caring environment. Children's exploration is guided through tabletop activities, crafts, dramatic play and sensory exploration activities.  Storytime, complete with show & tell, snack and outdoor play complete a full and exciting morning. (Similar to junior kindergarten.)
Q:  Can I arrange a visit to the Manor Park Playschool?
A:  Of course! To arrange an alternate time to visit, please contact the MPCC office.
Q:  The Manor Park Playschool sounds great!  How do I register?
A:  Registration begins by downloading the registration package.  Receipt of your completed registration form and payment at the MPCC office complete your registration.
Q:  Are Pre-Authorized Debits (PAD) available for fee payments?
A:  Yes!  This safe, easy and reliable payment method is provided as an alternative to post-dated cheques or cash. Information is here. Families selecting to pay by cheque must provide post-dated cheques for the term of their registration before their registration is accepted.

The Manor Park Community Council (MPCC) strives to give people with disabilities the same opportunities to access and benefit from our services as others, and to provide services while respecting their dignity and independence.  For our policies or to tell us how we are doing:
office: 100 Braemar Street, Ottawa, ON K1K 3C9 613-741-4776
community centre: 100 Thornwood Road, Ottawa, ON  K1K 4Y1  613-741-4753