Nursery School Time

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Nursery School Time
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
ProducersThomas Knight (1958-1959)
Rena Elder (1959-1961)
Dennis Spence (1961-1962)
Denyse Adams (1961-1962)
Running time15 minutes
Original networkCBC Television
Original release21 January 1958 (1958-01-21) –
31 May 1963 (1963-05-31)

Nursery School Time is a Canadian children's television series which aired on CBC Television from 1958 to 1963.


This series featured entertaining and educational topics for pre-school children. It was produced by the CBC's School Broadcast Department which made program plans and recommended reading lists available to parents.

Production of the first run from January to April 1958 was shared between Toronto and Winnipeg, hosted by Teddy Forman and Shirley Knight respectively. Hoppy, a rabbit puppet, was featured on the Toronto episodes. After receiving positive feedback from this initial run, Nursery School Time was renewed for a full season that September. The Toronto segments with Forman and Hoppy were retained with the addition of Smokey, an actual cat. Production from Winnipeg was discontinued in favour of segments from Montreal hosted by Madame Fon Fon (Claudine Vallerand, from Radio-Canada), Mr. Dick (a beaver puppet) and Miki (an actual dog).[1][2]

Madame Fon Fon was replaced by Madeleine Arbour for the Montreal episodes in 1958. In Toronto, Forman was replaced by Toby Tarnow for the 1961–1962 season.


This 15-minute series was broadcast as follows:

Days Time Season run
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 3:45 p.m. 21 January to 17 April 1958
Weekdays 2:45 p.m. 29 September 1958 to 29 May 1959
Weekdays 2:15 p.m. 13 October 1959 to 29 April 1960
Weekdays 2:15 p.m. 17 October 1960 to 30 June 1961
Weekdays 2:15 p.m. 2 October 1961 to 29 June 1962
Weekdays 2:15 p.m. 15 October 1962 to 31 May 1963


  1. ^ "Today's TV Previews". The Gazette. Montreal. 30 September 1958. p. 9. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  2. ^ Corcelli, John (April 2002). "Nursery School Time". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

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