Registration for September 2021 is open. Preschool visits occur by 30 minute appointments for one family at a time, at 3:15pm 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
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.
Some believe that Montessori programs are structured environments, but they are not. Quite the opposite. Montessori methodology is child-directed with the teacher as a guide, rather than other early childhood programs which are adult directed. 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. This is referred to as 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.
Information about child care and Covid-19 from BC’s Centre for Disease Control can be found here.
Registration for returning families occurs the first weeks of every January for the following school year starting in September. New family registration opens in late January. Even after enrolment is full, families move and openings become available. Please email or call the preschool if you would like more information. Contact information is listed below. An Open House is hosted once a year in early February (not for 2021). If you miss the Open House, families are welcome to make an appointment to visit on another day. Visits are scheduled at 3:15pm for 30 minutes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when staff are available.
Morning classes run from 8:45am to 11:30am, with choices of two mornings (Tuesday and Thursday), three mornings (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) or five mornings (Monday through Friday).
Our Junior Kindergarten (K-Prep) class runs from 12:30pm to 3:00pm. The afternoon class is open only to children who will be entering Kindergarten the following September.