Our Montessori Toddler program (for age 1.5 to 3 years) offers so much more than typical childcare programs. Recognizing that the toddler years are the most formative years in a child’s life where they absorb and learn from their experiences in the environments that surround them, we have organized our classroom to appeal to their natural desire to explore and learn independently.
Our program follows Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) toddler curriculum. It focuses on nurturing our toddlers to gain confidence by becoming independent to take care of themselves by handling everyday tasks such as toileting, putting on clothes and shoes, serving food and drinks, communicate clearly, and interact comfortably in social settings.
Our toddler classroom is a genuine reflection of a young child’s daily life. The materials in the classroom are natural, attractive, aesthetically pleasing, real, and child-sized. They are set up on child-sized tables and shelves for young children to wander around, choose, explore and learn independently.
Encouraged by our experienced Montessori and ECE staff, children’s natural curiosity to learn independently through exploration and discovery comes truly alive in our classroom. The confidence and independence along with communication, gross and fine motor skills and social skills they develop prepare them for more advanced activities and learning in the next phase of their development.
Note: Half-day program is mornings only.
Our Montessori Toddler classroom is organized with authentic Montessori materials and activities that support the early-stage development needs of our toddlers.
Practical life activities: These activities are a distillation of everyday activities from a child’s home, such as making a snack, washing hands and nails, cleaning dishes, washing linen, sweeping, mopping, etc. Children are introduced to these activities to help them become independent and gain self-confidence. In addition, these activities help develop logical thinking, fine and gross motor skills and enable the children to become well-rounded social beings.
Hand-eye coordination: These specifically designed activities sharpen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. These activities also lay the foundation for advanced sensorial activities in the Casa classroom.
Language: Our environment is language-rich, with adults using clear, concise, and simple language in short sentences rather than baby talk. We focus on developing clear verbal language and building vocabulary. Books offered to these children are carefully selected, contains real images with short sentences and thick pages that are easier for the children to flip through. The children read these books aloud with an adult to get the pronunciation right but are also encouraged to explore independently to develop concentration.
Music: Children are introduced to music through fingerplays and simple songs. In addition, children are encouraged to use a variety of musical instruments in the classroom.
Math: In a Montessori classroom, children are introduced to quantities first, then symbols, and then the association of the two. Since the concept of quantity is challenging for toddlers to grasp, math in the toddler classroom is introduced simply as part of the language or while singing songs. Numerals are introduced later, typically in Casa, once the children master the concept of quantities.
Since children are more focused in the mornings, as per AMI guidelines for the infant program, our toddler program incorporates a two-hour uninterrupted work cycle in the mornings and a nap time for full-day children in the afternoons. Consequently, both our full-day and half-day toddler program options run all 5 days of the week. We do not offer part-week or afternoon-only toddler program options.
In addition to meeting AMI guidelines, our toddler program also aligns with the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. It is also consistent with the Ontario Ministry of Education’s policy on programming and pedagogy on How Does Learning Happen? For more details about our program alignment, please request to review our Program Statement in our Parent Handbook.
We will provide you our enrolment package during the registration process. This package includes all the relevant forms that must be completed and submitted for registering your child. The package also details our tuition fees, the non-refundable registration fee, and the non-refundable tuition pre-payment that you will be required to submit along with your enrolment forms.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us on 289-234-5454 or 647-899-9390 (m) or contact us online.
|BEFORE SCHOOL PROGRAM||TIME||COMMENTS|
|Before School Care Drop Off||7:30 am – 8:00 am (at vestibule side door)||Parents, please use rear parking lot.|
|Before School Care Activities||7:30 am – 8:00 am||Includes snack time|
|MAIN TODDLER PROGRAM||TIME||COMMENTS|
|Toddler Half/Full-Day Drop Off||8:00 am – 8:15 am (at the backyard)||Parents, please use rear parking lot.
Late Drop Off:9:00 am – 9:15 am (at vestibule side door)
|Outdoor Time||8:00 am – 9:00 am||ALL children play outside. ALL children must be dressed in weather appropriate clothing.|
|Morning Work Cycle||9:00 am – 11:00 am||Includes snack time|
|Lunch Set-up||11:00 am – 11:15 am||Wash hands / Set up lunch|
|Lunch||11:15 am – 12:00 pm||Every child eats and tidies up. Half-day children get ready to leave.|
|Toddler Half-day Dismissal||12:00 pm – 12:15 pm (from vestibule side door)||Full-day children get ready for nap time. Parents, please use rear parking lot.|
|Toddler Nap Time||12:00 pm – 2:00 pm||As each child wakes up, their cots are disinfected.|
|Afternoon Work Cycle||2:00 pm – 2:35 pm||Includes afternoon snack, and getting ready for outdoor time.|
|Outdoor Time||2:35 pm – 3:35 pm||Outdoor recess|
|Toddler Full-day Dismissal||3:20 pm – 3:35 pm (from backyard)||Parents, please use rear parking lot.|
|AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM||TIME||COMMENTS|
|After School Care Activities||3:20 pm – 5:00 pm||Includes snack time|
|After School Care Dismissal||3:20 pm – 5:00pm (from vestibule front/side door)||Parents may pick up children any time between 3:20 pm and 5:00 pm. Recommend using the rear parking lot.|