About Us

Roots and Wings Preschool is a learning and play environment located in the lower level of the Renfrew United Church. We maintain a small class size of maximum 12 so we can connect with the children. This allows us to provide activities and learning centres that meet the needs, interests and abilities of the children.  We are experienced, passionate and enthusiastic about early learning. We look forward to guiding and supporting your children as they grow, explore, discover, learn, play & laugh.  It is an honor and pleasure to be a part of it.


Hello! I am Melanie

The owner and teacher for Roots and Wings Preschool. I have been in the early learning field since 1992. Roots and Wings has been part of Renfrew since 2013. I graduated from Mount Royal College/University and continued my education there with my Child and Youth Mental Health Certificate and Sign Language (ASL). I am an active advocate in our field and love what I do! I have been with my husband John since 1994 and we have 2 beautiful girls, Hannah and Jessica. I feel very blessed to do what I love, and I truly believe it shows in everything I do. Thank you for being part of my days! It is an honour and privilege.

Melanie Nickel

Kindergarten Readiness

For those Preschool students who will be graduating to Kindergarten, we will support, observe, and document their Kindergarten readiness skills. Our goal is to make the transition to Kindergarten the most successful one it can be. The focus is on the development of skills, confidence, and curiosity. We want children to become eager, capable learners who love school.


Learning Through Play

From infancy to elementary school, play can be used to help children develop cognitive, language, large & fine motor, and social skills. Play remains an important learning and teaching tool after children start school. Play keeps children motivated and keeps their attention on learning.
Through play, in a secure and purposeful environment, with effective adult support, children can:
• Explore, develop and represent learning experiences that help them make sense of the world
• Practice and build up ideas, concepts and skills
• Learn how to control impulses and understand the need for rules
• Be alone, be alongside others or co-operate as they talk or rehearse their feelings
• Take risks and make mistakes
• Communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems