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.
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.