A cooperative is defined as a group of people coming together in a joint effort. In the case of a cooperative nursery school, parents come together to help educate their children. At Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School parents agree to actively participate in their child's education in a variety of ways:
Parents aid teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis. As a parent, your presence and interaction with the children yield great rewards for all concerned. Your child is reassured that you are interested in their school and friends as well as in him/her. You have the opportunity to see your child in relation to his/her peers and watch them all grow throughout the year. In addition, the class gains an appreciation of you as a special, sharing person.
All families take on a volunteer position. Examples include being a board member, participating on a committee or helping with maintenance of the school. Parents are encouraged to match their interest with the volunteer opportunities.
HCNS is reliant on outside fundraising to support our operations and scholarship program. Families attend and help plan our fundraising events to support the school and introduce HCNS to our community at large.
One of the reasons we chose HCNS is its cooperative nature. As parents, we are actively involved by helping in the classroom and witness first-hand our daughter's growth through playing, learning, and developing friendships. We have built strong, life-long relationships with other families as we work together toward a common goal - giving our children a great, caring head-start while ensuring the success of the school.Michelle
Mother of current 4-day student