Where is The Children's Nurtury located?
Located on Bramalea and Bovaird, we are one block from Brampton Civic Hospital.
How big is the student body?
At maximum capacity, The Children's Nurtury can facilitate 115 students. However, we anticipate steady growth over the next few years as we expand into upper elementary grades (4, 5, 6).
Do you have qualified educators? Can just anyone teach?
Our educators are all highly qualified. Each directress holds several years of experience from various schools and backgrounds. Amidst a staff of 15 qualified educators, we have Montessori-trained faculty, OCT members, and RECE staff. The team is incredibly nurturing, driven by their passion for teaching and inspiring learning. Rest assured; our staff have cleared both a background and police check as well as a vulnerable sector screening. In addition, each faculty member is also up-to-date with their First Aid and CPR training. Additionally, we enforce professional development as we remain informed on the current guidelines and expectations outlined by the Ministry, CCMA, and school administration.
Are there additional support staff at the school?
Periodically, we will invite child and youth wellness workers, motivational speakers, and youth coaches to work with specific grades on skill-building throughout the year.
What curriculum is taught at The Children's Nurtury?
The Children's Nurtury has devised a Montessori syllabus that marries the Ontario curriculum expectations at each grade level. We have very high expectations of all our students - each program of study is meant to challenge our students, as it is both thought-provoking and critical.
How much electronic use will my child have?
Here's the beauty of the program we offer - we have established a traditional Montessori curriculum - using conventional materials. Yes, we recognize the digital age is upon us, as it has cultivated a technologically advanced global space. We believe children already reap enough electronic usage outside the classroom - between their peers, family members, and subconscious exposure day in and day out; electronic use is not regulated. The Children's Nurtury aims to maintain an organic educational approach regarding technology use. We will integrate lessons around device use as needed; however, our curriculum will not rely on this element to be successful. Most notably, within the elementary curriculum, we have integrated a virtual reality component as it allows students to delve into their field of study. In doing so, children make use of all their senses - subsequently perpetuating their experience with the lesson.
Heavy usage of technology in the classroom and for school-related tasks leads to deficiencies in literacy. However, tried and tested learning methods still prove effective, with scientific data as backing. Children will read books in print and learn how to create beautiful curves in cursive writing. Some things do not need to be changed.
Do you offer transportation?
Transportation may be available for your area - please send a request for further information. Include your main intersection and the number of children requiring pick-up / drop-off. Our team will get back to you with a quote for transportation costs.
Can I sign up for an in-house tour of the school?
Absolutely, yes! However, given that the setup process is still heavily underway, we will offer in-person tours in late August / early September, as we have a projected opening date of September 2023. In the meantime, feel free to contact the school director for clarification on any questions or concerns you may have.
Do you accept students with visible/non-visible learning exceptionalities?
Absolutely, yes! Children who experience attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity, depression, autism, and many other learning exceptionalities are welcome to attend. All efforts will be made to step outside the box and facilitate each learning need present at our school. The environment we cultivate is stimulating enough to foster healthy, comprehensive development but never overstimulating, as it may result in sensory overload. We have assigned each month an exceptionality - building awareness on this subject matter is a learning opportunity for our entire student body, as it elicits empathy and compassion.
Are you a CCMA-accredited (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators) school?
The CCMA is the governing body which outlines the guidelines and expectations for an authentic Montessori program. In addition, the organization supports applicants, affiliates, and public awareness around Montessori education. We intend to work alongside CCMA to become fully accredited over three years. As of September 2023, we will be considered an applicant school.
Do you offer camps?
Yes! Specialized camps will ensure children have ample opportunities to partake in non-traditional forms of education. During the summer, we will host a series of uniquely-themed camps - from baking and cake decorating to sewing and engineering; several hands-on activities will be available to campers. Families must register beforehand to secure a spot for our seasonal camps (summer and March Break). Fees are also in addition to the base school-year tuition.
When will the enrolment period open? Are you only accepting applications for September?
Enrolment for the 2023 / 2024 academic year is now open! Spots are filling up fast - families who are unable to secure a spot for their child before we reach capacity will be placed on a waitlist. Spaces are not guaranteed for families on the waitlist.
Further, we employ a rolling enrolment model - students who did not enrol at the top of the academic year and are entering at a different time in the calendar year may be accommodated if space permits.
What if there are hindrances to my child's expected start date?
The Children's Nurtury is a new school - as we continue to undergo extensive work on our facility, we are delighted to open our doors to our very first group of learners this fall. For peace of mind, contingencies have been implemented to ensure we provide a full calendar year to our entire student body.
Contrastingly, if families elect to withdraw their child for any reason, we require a 30-day written notice specifying the student's name, current grade level, and reason for withdrawal.
Is my child eligible for a subsidy if we fall within a particular tax bracket?
Yes! The CWELLC program is Canada-wide and available to all parents of children under six, regardless of income.
Do lower & upper elementary students qualify for the subsidy?
Unfortunately, the subsidy is only available to children under six, per the Canada-Wide Early Learning Child Care Agreement (CWELLC). However, elementary students are eligible for the extended care subsidy as required.
Are there sibling discounts?
To inquire, please speak to the director or supervisor.
What are the payment options?
We offer two payment options. 10 - 12 (programme dependent) installments can be paid monthly as of August, 2023, as a pre-authorized debit or a post-dated cheque - unless otherwise agreed upon by the director. A service fee of $50 will be added to all returned cheques. It is important to note, a registration deposit of $2000 is required immediately for each child enroling.