“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field, in which seeds may be sown to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore, is not merely to make the child understand and memorise facts but to touch his imagination and to interest the child to his innermost core.”
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952)
About the Montessori Day Care Centre
The Montessori Day Care Society was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit society. We were one of the very first Montessori schools in Vancouver and are very proud to have been providing Montessori education for more than 40 years! Our teachers bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Montessori pedagogy, early childhood development, all in a loving and caring environment that is specifically designed to help your child grow into wonderful caring human beings!
Our school is located at 8th and Arbutus in Kitsilano. Our classroom is a warm and inviting environment, where the children have the opportunity to make friends, learn together in a multi- age classroom, play together outdoors and have fun! Each week the children have the opportunity to participate in weekly French, Music, Yoga and Art classes as part of our Montessori curriculum. We host family events, parent education evenings, a parent teacher conference, and a student-led conference each year.
The school is open 7:45am-5:45pm, with our core programming operating from 8:30am-3:30pm. Our daily program consists of Montessori work in the mornings and afternoons, circle-times, snack times, lunchtime, nap time (for those who need one) and outdoor playtime. We have a fabulous outdoor environment where the children are free to climb, run, jump, swing, ride tricycles and play with their friends! During the summer months we we augment our Montessori program by having special themed days, plenty of outdoor water play and trips to neighbouring parks, playgrounds and Kits Beach!
We accept children between the ages of 3 and 6 years and are permitted by licensing to have two children in our program who are between 30 and 36 months of age. We provide a full day Montessori preschool program, which operates year round. Our current fees are $1160/month as of September 1, 2016. Each parent becomes a member of the Society and is responsible for volunteering three hours per month. The Montessori Daycare Society operates throughout the year but is closed for statutory holidays, the three days prior to the Labour Day weekend, Christmas Eve and the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. A Board of Directors, along with our Executive Director, who is the Administrator, governs the Montessori Daycare Society.
Guiding and inspiring life-long learners
To foster and inspire the continuing growth of children’s knowledge.
To nurture children’s understanding of themselves and the world.
To recognize the fact that children are individuals and that every child is unique.
To accommodate the broad range of children’s individual needs, learning styles, personal knowledge, experiences and interests in order to facilitate continuous learning.
To achieve the above goals effectively by using the Montessori Method understanding the evolving conditions of our culture by incorporating a variety of instructional models, strategies and resources.