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The Program

We offer programming for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

Through daily play-based activities, unique outdoor spaces, and regular class trips, children are given a rich and varied experience.  Our child-centred program focuses on: imaginative play, creativity, and hands-on activities.

Jacks' and Jills' Co-operative Preschool is a warm and caring community, where everyone is needed and encouraged to take an active role in running the school.

The cornerstone of Jacks' and Jills' has always been parent involvement.  Families are all assigned a task to help run the preschool. It can be anything from taking home linens to wash them, to organizing the scholastic book orders, to helping with the recycling. In the past we have always depended on parent volunteers in the classroom. Families who were able to volunteer in the classroom once or twice a month paid a reduced rate. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, parents are no longer allowed in the classroom. Although we hope to eventually get back to this, we do not know when this will happen. For the time being, we offer a single, blended daily rate. 

Here's How we Promote Learning

  • The co-op program at Jacks' and Jills' has been designed to be your child's introduction to a school setting; it sets the stage for your child's school career.  Our program is designed to be fun while encouraging social development and building self confidence.

Here's How we Promote Learning

  • Physical development encouraged by activities focusing on children's large and small muscles

  • Intellectual development through active and creative activities designed to expose a child to new concepts and ideas

  • Language Development through songs, stories, and daily interactions with peers and teachers

  • Emotional development in a warm, caring and supportive environment where a child's individuality is accepted and encouraged

  • Social development through co-operative play and problem solving.


A key component of the co-op experience is parental involvement.  This doesn't mean just Mom or Dad--we often have grandparents, and other caregivers too!

So, why should you put this extra time into making the co-op work?  Unlike other preschool models, a co-op allows parents to actively participate in their child's learning, extending this experience outside of the classroom.  Together we foster your child's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.

In addition, parents are rewarded with the opportunity to watch their children learn and grow while at the same time meeting other parents from the community and making new friends themselves.

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Our Teachers

Amanda Colyer is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with over 17 years of experience. Mrs. Colyer is the supervisor at Jacks' and Jills' and has been here since 2019. She has been involved in the co-operative preschool model as both a parent and a teacher.   Amanda is active in the Ancaster community, where she has lived for 9 years with her husband and two sons.


Meet Amelia Connolly, a dedicated early childhood educator with a passion for nurturing young minds. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Amelia has been shaping the futures of children in Canada since 2010. Amelia lives in Ancaster with her daughter and husband, and is thrilled to be a part of Jacks and Jills Preschool, where she continues to foster a love for learning and creativity in our little ones.

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