Registration is open for September 2021. Visits to the preschool occur by appointment only, for one family at a time. Visits are scheduled at 3:15pm for a 30 minute duration on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children are welcome to attend visits with parents. Health protocols must be followed while visiting the preschool. PPE is available. Please phone or email for details and available times. 604.569.2169
Registration update (11 Feb 2021). The afternoon Junior Kindergarten prep class is almost full, with only two part-time (4 afternoons per week) spaces available. The morning classes are 75% full, but still have all selections available.
In today’s world, it is important that Maria Montessori’s vision of tolerance, acceptance, love, appreciation of beauty, kindness, respect and peace is stronger than ever. Our goal is to support children develop creatively, intellectually, emotionally and socially, in order to prepare them for kindergarten. Our two-year program introduces children to a strong foundation of skills. We welcome young minds and families to the joys of a Montessori education.
Although some believe that Montessori programs are structured environments, they are not. Montessori methodology is child-directed with the teacher as a guide, rather than other early childhood programs which are directed by the adults. The Montessori approach fosters independence which promotes self-confidence. The confident child is more resilient, is able to problem solve, and is able to take learning and creative risks. Self motivated learning is the core of the Montessori program and philosophy. Students in our classroom move about freely, with our belief that children need to move, touch and experience in order to learn. Freedom within boundaries. Socialization is also a major focus, guiding children on appropriate ways to make and keep friendships. Along with traditional Montessori materials, we blend other inspirational teaching tools to merge and complement the Montessori framework. Our program is further enriched by our own cultural studies curriculum, making ours a distinct and unique program.
Traditionally, Montessori preschool had a three-year cycle which included Kindergarten. The inception of all-day Kindergarten has shortened preschool programs to two years. Due to the reduced time frame, we offer a morning program for three-year-olds and an afternoon Kindergarten Prep class for four-year-olds. The Kindergarten Prep class is about preparing and adapting for that leap forward to big school. First-year morning students are given priority for registration into the K-Prep class. The Prep class has been consistently popular for current and returning families for over ten years. Space is limited.
Strathcona Montessori preschool is nestled within the gated community of the Mau Dan Co-op Gardens in the historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Located at 377 Keefer Street, we are centrally located with easy access from the East Village at Nanaimo and Hastings, Chinatown, Yaletown, Gastown, and Vancouver City Centre.
What you may not know about preschool safety and Covid-19.
Children ages 0 to 12 are at low risk of catching and spreading Covid-19. Daycares throughout the Lower Mainland remained opened the entire time of the shutdown to assist front-line worker families, without outbreaks occurring. Child care centres in Vancouver must have a minimum of 3.7 square meters of space per child, almost double the required social distancing space of adults. Standard daily cleaning protocols for child care centres are at the same level as pandemic protocols.
With over double the required square footage, a small class size, and private playground, we have safety advantages that many centres may not. Although we have always been big fans of hand washing and cleaning, we still are going the extra mile to maintain safety for children, families and our teachers. We ask families to keep their bubbles small and keep us informed of any health issues immediately. Protocols and updates are sent to every registered family. Parents and prospective parents may visit the preschool after classes are finished for the day by appointment only. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at the front door for parent visits.
More information about child care and Covid-19 from BC’s Centre for Disease Control can be found here.
Registration for returning families occurs in January for the school year starting in September. Registration for new families opens in late January. New families may leave a completed registration package at the school before registration dates. Early registrations will be assigned a space as they become available. Even after enrolment is full, families move and openings become available. If you would like more information, a direct email link is located on our contact page, or you may call the preschool at the phone number listed below. We hold an Open House once a year in early February. If you miss the Open House, families are welcome to make an appointment to visit on another day.
Appointments are on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons, from 3:15pm to 4pm, when staff are available. We do not make appointments for September, December or January.
Morning classes run from 8:45am to 11:30am, with choices of five mornings a week, or intro preschool of two (Tues & Thurs) or three (Mon-Wed-Fri) mornings per week.
Our Junior Kindergarten (K-Prep) class runs from 12:30pm to 3pm. The afternoon class is only open to children who will be entering Kindergarten the following September.