Anyone sending their child to Northwood Montessori or any Montessori ?

  • Monday, March 24, 2014 4:12 PM
    Message # 1523852
    My son is 2 years old and has been in his current daycare center since he as 9 months old. In most of the rooms at the daycare there is only 1 ECE teacher and the other 2 are ECE assistants. I've noticed while watching the webcam that there's a lot of "free" time during the day where the children are playing by themselves and some of the staff just sit there to supervise and don't really engage. It got me thinking of whether there was better out there.....

    Do you send your child to a montessori school? What do you think?
    Would value your insight.
  • Monday, June 30, 2014 3:44 PM
    Reply # 3035316 on 1523852

    My daughter is turning 2 in July.  We placed her in a daycare facility in late March but soon realized that it was not the right place for her.  

    We removed her from the daycare and started her at Northwood at Finch and Leslie. I had a good feeling about this place when I first visited the centre.  However, like many moms, I was looking for bright rooms, clean and large play areas. Northwood is at the lower level of a church so it didn't have the obvious things I was looking for.  However, we decided to give the place a try and it was the best decision my husband and I made.  The staff are extremely caring and they pay lots of attention to kids.  The program is excellent - children sing songs in French, Spanish and English, lots of fun play and outdoor activities, and they learn numbers and alphabets. The staff work with you to ensure a smooth transition, and they are very accommodating.  There are also special events for families to attend. 

    We visited many other Montessori but found that Northwood's philosophy of combining Montessori and daycare programs is the best for young children.  My daughter is so happy there and we are very pleased with the program and staff.

  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 7:44 PM
    Reply # 4448126 on 1523852

    Hi there,

    I started my son at a Montessori school in Vaughan when he was 15.5 months.  It is the best decision I ever made. The kids have a routine that they must adhere to, and there is some free play but there is also a lot of structure. Not to mention, they are exposed to so many different types of food at meal time and various holidays throughout the year. 

    I highly recommend a Montessori school. The one that my son attends is Accredited by the Canadian Counsel of Montessori Administrators. 

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