Our daughter has been at Childventure (16th/Bathrust location) since 10 months, and will be moving to RHMS this coming September to start JK. I have seen several people who comment that CV is just all fancy show (webcam, different rooms etc). It is true that CV is more expensive, however in our mind, it is worth every penny. We are sad to be leaving after this summer.Didi_beee wrote: ↑Jul 1st, 2016 12:10 amMy son is 7 months now and we're just starting to think about daycare for him. We are located in the Leslie Rd and Eglin Mills area. I'm just wondering why there are much more montessori schools versus regular daycare up here. To be honest, I never knew about montessori until a few months ago. I thought kids just went to regular day care.
Anyway, can anyone recommend any in this area for me. I have visited the following and ranked from high to low based on what I have seen so far.
1. ChildVentures - nice facility, many different rooms, mix of daycare and montessori program
1. Victoria Education Centre - I really like the Chinese language program they offer, are there any other day cares near this area that offers the same? I dislike how there is no part time program and how its 98% Chinese students. I'm Chinese but would like my son to be exposed to other cultures too
2. York Montessori
3. Shining Stars
4. Blossoms Montessori - outdoor play area lacked enclosure
5. North Hill Montessori - old, no AC, teacher was very strict, children look very unhappy there
A friend of ours had started their child at CV at 12 months, but switch the child to another montessori when a spot opened up at 18 months, one of the reasons was that it was cheaper. They transferred their child back to CV after several months. Reasons provided was that CV has more detail report, and their child is happier and eats better at CV.
Below are some of the pros and cons of CV from our prespective, hope it helps.
when researching during my mat leave, from a mother's perspective, safety is the main concern when they were that young and can't communicate if something is wrong, a webcam to me is absolutely necessary. Even if we can't be watching every second, the fact that the staff knows that at any given time, someone might be watching, they are more careful. No it won't cover every corner, but having it at the main area is better than not having any)
CV has a professional chef, their meals are always healthy and changes daily. Sample of the menu:
Breakfast - waffle, milk
Lunch - lasagna primavera, Caesar salad, warm pita, milk.
Afternoon Snack - fish tacos, fresh fruit, water.
- Daily Report
We received daily report via email, it outline what they had learned/activity done that day, amount of food they eat at each meal, length of their nap, and their diaper change/toilet usage. Along with at least 1 photos of the child each day.
- Specialty rooms, Outdoor playground and indoor gym
These are added perks but it does help the children enjoy these small in small groups
It is definitely more expensive than others
- Staff movement
I am not sure if this is the case with other center, but there are quite a few staff movements within the school in the past 3.5 yrs. The school tend to move teachers around the different classes when someone left/joined, I think this is to ensure that each class would have both experienced teachers and new teachers. I know others had mentioned that CV teachers are not montessori teachers, I personally never looked into or confirm it. But we are very happy with our child's progress in the past few years.