Mother Goose

Mother Goose Co-operative Preschool is a non-profit organization that has been active in the community of southwest Hamilton for over 40 years.

More than a school, our co-op is a community of parents joining together to support and encourage our children as they grow and develop. Mother Goose is a great transitional step for children to help them prepare for full time schooling.

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Jane Walker - RECE Teacher & Supervisor

Our teacher, since 2005,  at Mother Goose is Jane Walker (known to students and parents alike as ‘Ms. Jane’). She holds an Honours Degree in Early Childhood Education and Social Work.  Ms. Jane has acquired extensive childcare experience with over 25 years in a child advocate role, including several years of supervisory experience in a childcare centre.  She brings a kind and gentle presence to the preschool and is committed to partnering with parents and children to make their experience the best it can be. 

Ms. Jane says she absolutely loves her job. “The children are a joy to be around and together we challenge each other. The parents have proven to be a massive resource and their dedication to the program is inspiring. The whole Mother Goose community is geared to “family” and is rich in history. I am proud to be part of such a caring preschool.”

Thoughts on the classroom and early learning:  "I am inspired by a Reggio Emilia approach to the whole learning process and as such see the classroom environment, observation, pedilogical documentation, joyful expression, and nature provocations as a large part of  the process.  My goals for the children are less academic in nature ( I view academics for this age group best discovered through free PLAY, and there will be plenty of this!), and lean more towards demonstrating / encouraging empathy, tolerance, love, compassion,  co-operation, and honesty towards peers."

Ms. Jane's genuine caring nature and calm demeanor go a long way in the classroom. Both children and their parents value her dearly. When asked what they like about Ms. Jane, her students respond:

“I like Ms. Jane because she gives us so much love”
“She hugs me”
"Because I love her, I want to tell her everything"
"Ms. Jane is my best friend"
"I like her because she is generous and nice and kind"
"I just like her. I love her"

Parents respond:

"Jane was excellent. She has a very calming and structured approach with the children (and the parents). You can tell she clearly cares for the children, and this comes across in how she interacts with them. We feel like she truly appreciates our child for who she is. She also understands the 'theory' of early childhood learning and how to apply it."

"Thank you for your year long patience!!"