“I like the songs.”
— Oskar (Westdale Co-op preschooler)


About us:

Westdale Co-operative has offered families across Hamilton a supportive and creative learning environment since 1974. Conveniently located in the heart of Westdale village in Hamilton, we are licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Education and we adhere to the regulations set out by the Child Care and Early Years Act.


Preschool hours:

  • Early drop-off between 8:15-8:45 AM - $5 a day; limited spaces available
  • Flexible drop-off between 8:45-9:15 AM
  • Flexible pick-up between 12:00-12:15 PM


Preschool Days:

  • We are open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Parents can register their child(ren) for 5, 4, 3 or 2 days per week on a set schedule, OR
  • Parents can register for 2 or more flexible days per month* that can change each week based on the family's child care needs  (*subject to availability)


Preschool Age Requirements:

  • We welcome children between the ages of 27 months and 5 years.
  • We currently have a limited number of spaces available for toddlers between 18-27 months. **Please complete the online registration form in order to arrange a meeting with our teachers to discuss your toddler's attendance.**


Preschool Fees (2017-2018 school year):

  • $359/month for 5 days a week
  • $299/month for 4 days a week (set day schedule)
  • $239/month for 3 days a week (set day schedule)
  • $179/month for 2 days a week (set day schedule)
  • $25/day for a minimum of 2 days a month (flex day schedule - see below)


set schedule  versus  flexible schedule

  • Set Day Schedule - Parents can choose to register for a set day schedule.  This means their child(ren)'s preschool days would be the same each week
  • Flex (flexible) Day Schedule - Parents can choose to register for a flexible day schedule (or add flexible days on top of a set day schedule).  This means their child(ren)'s preschool days would vary from week to week.  We ask that a child on a flexible day schedule be signed up for a minimum of 2 days per month.  Flex days are subject to availability. Please contact the preschool for further information and sign-up details:  westdalecopreschool@gmail.com


our co-operative model:

At Westdale Co-operative Preschool parents and families are an integral part of the school. Every family's commitment and participation directly impact our children's experiences and are essential to the success of the preschool. Our preschool follows a 'co-operative' model. This means that parents are responsible for all preschool operations apart from our RECEs' teaching roles within the classroom. As such, each family is asked to join one of the preschool's committees upon registering. These committees are responsible for different aspects of preschool operations and give families a chance to work together while making new friends and ensuring memorable experiences for our kids year after year.

“I like it here because my friends are here.”
— Sophia (Westdale Co-op preschooler)


Key features of the westdale co-op preschool model

  • We believe that children learn and develop skills through play, inquiry and exploration.
  • Our teaching staff includes two nurturing and knowledgeable RECEs who devote their time to tailoring the program to the specific interests and abilities of the children in the class. 
  • Our class goes on many local walking trips throughout the year to the library and to observe and explore nature and the community.
  • Our children spend at least 45 minutes per day enjoying a large gym where there is lots of space to run, play co-operative games/sports and climb on our climber (ideal for energetic little ones!) 
  • Classroom volunteering is optional, but we welcome and encourage in-class volunteering when you are available (provided all volunteer requirements are complete).
  • Our children help to prepare and serve their snack each day.  Snacks always include at least 2 food groups and are organic and/or locally grown whenever possible.