OUR PHILOSOPHY

 

Hanover Montessori Children's House is a Montessori inspired program. We believe in Maria Montessori's research and observations that children develop in 3 year cycles and aim to enhance these cycles. Our desire is to provide children with the opportunity for refinement of motor skills, hand-eye coordination, social skills, academics and spiritual wellbeing.

 

Montessori is a philosophy and method of education with the fundamental understanding that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual's unique development. Dr. Maria Montessori based this new education on her scientific observations of young children's behavior.

 

She called it a 'Children's House' and based the program on her observations that young children learn best in a nurturing environment, filled with developmentally appropriate materials that provide experiences contributing to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners.

 

Montessori's dynamic theories included such revolutionary premises as:

 

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

 

The Hanover Montessori Children's House program is guided by the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori, supported by the materials that remain consistent throughout the school year.

 

We have regular “themes” with as much of the program as possible relating to the theme. Staff will contribute to program planning in order to offer a diverse and interesting variety of activities.

 


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SPECIALIZED SERVICES

 

The children’s house is an inclusive program that welcomes all children. At the request of the parent we can provide the names of community services that will provide additional support for extra needs.

 

During music and movement circles we will include the “Education through Music” program.

 

All lessons are given on a one-to-one basis and each child moves at their own pace and according to their individual abilities. Extra help is offered to those children who need it.

 

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OFF-PREMESIS ACTIVITIES

 

At registration parents fill out a field trip release form. Advance notice of all major outings will be provided and parents are always welcome to join us. We will use a school bus for trips requiring transportation. Walks around the neighborhood will be posted on the parent bulletin board the morning of departure.

 

If you do not wish your child to participate in an outing please let the school know in advance.

 

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AGES AND GROUPINGS OF CHILDREN

 

Hanover Montessori Children's House serves preschoolers ages 2.5 to 6 years. According to our ratios, we can include three 2 year olds each day as well. Our staff-to-student ration is 1 teacher to every 8 children.

 

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BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

We do not practice or permit:

 

No employee of this program shall:

 

Discipline includes that which is:

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DAYS AND HOURS OF CARE

 

 

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FEE AND PAYMENT POLICIES

 

There is a $30.00 nonrefundable registration fee due at registration. Difficulty with fees will be discussed with the Directress on an individual basis.

 

10 post-dated cheques are required for the first of each month in the amount of the monthly tuition and two cheques for the Summer Program. Please wait for your payment schedule before making your cheques out.

 

All NSF cheques are subject to a $20.00 fee. Late payments will be subject to an 8% monthly interest fee.

 

We recognize that there are emergencies but repeated late pick-ups will be subject to a fee of $10.00 for every 10 minutes late.

 

Parents using subsidy also receive a payment schedule and cheques are to be made out for the first day of each month and submitted in advance.

 

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REGISTRATION AND WITHDRAWAL PROCESS

 

All prospective parents and children are invited to tour the school and to meet the staff. Questions and concerns will be addressed during this time.

 

Interested parents will be given a registration package to be filled out and returned to the school before the child begins their time with us.

 

We require 2 weeks written notice for withdrawals. All future/unused cheques will be returned at the end of the month following the withdrawal.

 

 

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NUTRITION POLICIES

 

The following items are included in our nutrition policy:

 

 

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HEALTH CARE PRACTICES AND POLICIES

 

All parents of children attending Hanover Montessori Children's House will need to fill out the immunization form from the Public Health Unit and hand in a copy of their child's immunization card. If the child is not immunized due to personal beliefs, the school will contact the Public Health Unit for further information.

 

When a child is suffering from a communicable disease such as measles, they need to stay home or away from the school, and returning on a physician's advice. The school will watch for symptoms appearing in any other children.

 

Specific practices and policies include:

 

 

Please note that all allergies and food sensitivities must be indicated on the registration form. To best serve your child we need to know about ongoing medical and developmental treatments. The Registration Form gives you space to include this.

 

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SLEEP

 

Increasingly, studies are showing the importance of sleep at all ages. To have their best day children need between 10-12 hours of sleep every night. They are then ready to enjoy their day, be motivated and ready to learn.

 

We frequently see the effects of too little sleep and tiredness. Children lack energy and motivation, flop around, don’t listen and don’t participate. On Mondays a lot of children come in exhausted because their weekend has been so busy.

 

Older siblings in the house should not affect the young children’s bed time. Staying up late watching TV leaves your child unprepared to participate in their school life. Healthy bedtime routines give so many pluses to your child’s learning life and ability to enjoy each day.

 

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DRUG ADMINISTRATION

 

We will only administer prescription medication with the exception of sunscreen, diaper ointments and bug repellant.

 

All prescription medications must be in their original container, and be labeled with the pharmacy label bearing the child's name, dosage and storage instructions and physician's name. All parents must fill out an Authorization to Administer Medications form before medication will be given.

 

All medications must be handed directly to a staff member and will be stored in a locked box that is inaccessible to children. All medications will be returned to the parent at the end of the day.

 

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ATTENDANCE

 

If your child is ill or will not be attending due to other reasons please contact the school as soon as possible at 519-364-6455. Note: when you have reserved a day for your child, payment is your responsibility for any absences that occur (i.e.: illness, holidays, etc.)

 

We use our best judgment when closing the school due to snow storms. We are not set-up or licensed to have children stay overnight. Fees for these days will not be refunded.

 

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WHAT TO BRING

 

All children need to have a pair of indoor shoes that are comfortable and easy for the child to try and put on themselves. We encourage the children to be as independent as possible. Please avoid lace-ups.

 

Complicated, uncomfortable clothing aggravates your child throughout their day, especially affecting listening, independence and learning.

 

Please keep a full change of clothes in your child's backpack, which includes tops, bottoms, underwear and socks. All soiled clothes will be sent home in a plastic bag. Manageable, comfortable clothing sets the child up for a fulfilling day.

 

Children should bring a comfortable blanket that fully covers them for nap time. Cot sheets will be provided and cared for by the school.

 

Any child requiring diapers or “pull-ups” should bring enough for the time they are at school. The school will supply wipes.

 

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SHOW AND TELL

 

As far as possible, this is part of the 3rd week of each month, and lasts for the entire week. Children are upset if this is forgotten and feel left out when they have nothing to share at Circle Time.

 

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POTTY TRAINING

 

We discuss this time with parents and then generally go through the following steps:

  1. Change from diapers to pull-ups. The child must be able to pull their underwear down and then up again.
  2. Have periods of the day spent part-time in underwear and part-time in pull-ups.
  3. Progress to wearing underwear all day.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

 

In accordance with our privacy policies, all discussions regarding your child’s development or any administrative issues are the responsibility of the Directress, and must not be discussed with the assistant teachers

 

Carol Edwins is available from 6:40 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each day or in the afternoons by appointment to discuss any issues with you.

 

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Our Philosophy
Program development
Specialized services
Off-premises activities
Ages and grouping of children
Behaviour management

Days and hours of care
Fees and payments
Registrations and withdrawals

Nutrition and health
Healthcare practices
Sleep
Drug administration

Attendance
What to bring to school

Show and tell
Potty training

Administrative information