The Children's Garden

Highview's Garden

Cathedral's Garden

(Pembroke Co-operative Nursery School Inc.)

Phone: (613) 735-2259

General Information

The Children's Garden is a non-profit, charitable, parent co-operative nursery school, preschool day care and before & after school program licensed by the Ministry of Education. We are delighted to announce that we have created two satelite before and after school programs, Highview's Garden at Highview Public School and Cathedral's Garden at Cathedral Catholic School!

COVID-19 Considerations

Over the past years, the staff at our three centres have strived to provide children and families with safe, stimulating, fun-filled programs in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions. We participated in extensive screening and cleaning measures, using health and safety protocols approved by the Ministry of Education and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit / Ministry of Health. It is our sincere hope that we can continue to provide children and their families with many more magical moments, respecting current health and safety protocols.


Director & main educators - Early Childhood Educators (R.E.C.E.), registered with the College of E.C.E.

Other staff- cook, administrative assistants, program assistants, after school & summer student staff

Integration consultant & resource staff -are possibly available through Renfrew County Integration Services to enhance inclusion of all children

College and highschool students -are often welcomed to complete college or co-op placements

Ages of children

  • Nursery School Programs: 2 1/2 to 5 years of age                                                                                                                (with a "20%" clause allowing 4 toddlers per full program who are 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 years of age)
  • Preschool Day Care Program: 2 1/2 to 5 years of age
    (with a "20%" clause allowing 3 toddlers per full program who are 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 years of age)
  • Before & After School Age Programs: 6 to 12 years of age
    (with a "20%" clause allowing 4 kinders per full program who are 3.8 - 5 years of age)
  • Satelite Before & After School Age Programs at Highview's Garden & Cathedral's Garden: 3.8 to 12 years of age
  • Summer / March Break / PA Day School Age Programs: 3.8 to 12 years of age

Nursery School Duty Days

Families using the nursery school program take turns approximately once per month per child to volunteer and assist the staff and the children in their particular program. Families also provide daily snacks and beverages on their duty day which is scheduled on a rotating basis. If unable to do monthly duty days, paid duty staff or other parents/caregivers are available for $25.00.



Each family is reponsible for making transportation arrangements for children attending the nursery school or day care programs. Children attending before & after school are picked up or dropped off by school busses. School bus transportation must be arranged by the family with the Renfrew County Joint Transportation Consortium and/or their schools.


Programs Offered (Monday - Friday)

  • 2, 3, 4 & 5 day morning nursery school programs, or, afternoon nursery school programs
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,   or,    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    September to June, exluding Stat Holidays, Christmas Holidays, March Break, PA Days 
  • 5 day full day preschool day care programs
    6:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., with breakfast snack, lunch and afternoon snack provided
    All year, exluding Stat Holidays & Christmas Holidays
  • 5 day before & after school programs
    6:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m., with breakfast snack provided
    3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., with afternoon snack provided
    September to June, exluding Stat Holidays, PA Days, Christmas Holidays & March Break
  • 5 day full day Summer, March Break, PA Days (if required and possible)
    6:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., with breakfast snack and afternoon snack provided, children are required to bring bag lunches        (7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. as necessary during COVID restrictions or due to staff shortages)
  • Respite care if space is available


Fees & Structure

  • Fees are set annually based upon expenses. Enrollment is based upon our first-come, first served waiting lists.
  • Subsidies and special needs support may be available. Please contact The County of Renfrew Child Care office for information.
  • Our centres are now part of the Canada Wide Early Learning & Child Care federal funding program (CWELCC).


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