Founded in 2007, York Montessori School opened its doors to six trusting families. Within six months of operation, YMS was at its full licensed capacity of 31 children. In 2008, we added a new class increasing the licensed capacity to 57 children and had reached maximum enrolment by the start of the academic year. YMS was welcomed in the community as a small school and most new registrations continue to come by referral.
As of 2008, YMS was at full capacity and expanded in the fall of 2015, allowing for a daily attendance of 110 students. A beautiful and custom designed new structure was built on our existing property in order to accommodate the growing YMS family.
Our loving teachers are dedicated in creating and fostering a nurturing yet academic experience for each individual child. York Montessori School imparts children with an excellent Montessori education while providing exceptional child care.
York Montessori School is, and has always been, a licensed establishment with the Ministry of Education as well as a school that is proudly accredited by the CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators). We practice pure Montessori philosophy and employ highly educated and accredited Montessori teachers who have had their training at a MACTE accredited or AMI teacher-training program.
We facilitate child directed programming in a safe, clean, and wholesome environment. In order to maintain our license, we are subject to regular inspections by the Ministry of Health, the Richmond Hill Fire department and the Ministry of Education. We are required to comply with Ministry standards relating to our daily operations, facilities, and record keeping. Among other items, all staff members are subject to regular background checks and must have up to date CPR and First Aid training.
The school operates between the hours of 7:30am to 6:00pm and is open year round. The academic year runs from September to June, and flexible theme based summer camp programs are offered to our registered students for the months of July and August.
YMS accommodates three age groups: Toddlers (children aged 16 months to 2.5 years), Pre-Casa (children aged 2.5 to 3 years), and Casa (children aged 3 to 6 years).
York Montessori School has a very close group of families and together we are actively involved in the community. Parent teacher meetings, progress reports, and “Watch Me Work” workshops are conducted throughout the year. We also host regular school community building events such as curriculum nights, Montessori education evenings, parenting workshops, and an annual family BBQ.
YMS is dedicated to keeping a close relationship with our students and their families. Much of our success is attributed to valuable relationships between staff, students and parents. Collectively, we work towards one important goal, the enrichment of a pure Montessori education for your child.
At York Montessori School we recognize that children learn and develop in their own way and at their own pace and encourage them to work toward independence and self-motivation. Through the use of the five traditional Montessori Curriculums, we teach appreciation and responsibility for the environment, a sense of cooperation, and respect for others. Children are provided with a wide range of meaningful experiences that empower them to explore their world. We help children gradually expand their knowledge and skills as they grow into confident, self-directed individuals.
”The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed.
But not only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers… At no other age has the child greater need of an intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection.”
Dr. Maria Montessori in The Absorbent Mind
York Montessori School seeks to become the one place where parents, with peace of mind, will leave their children in the hands of our educators. The primary focus of our school is to provide a high quality educational setting in which the child can experience developmental excellence while being cared for in a healthy and enjoyable environment. We will provide a carefully planned and stimulating atmosphere which will help children develop within themselves the foundation, attitude and skills which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. We will plant the seeds of discovery and exploration that will enable children to educate themselves throughout their lifetime.
Why choose a Montessori education?
A traditional daycare is designed around caring for children while they learn through play. The main objective of a daycare is to keep children safe and entertained.
A Montessori education focuses on building necessary life and academic skills through the sequential use of the prepared material.
Children engage, on a daily basis, in exercises designed to help them independently explore the five traditional curriculum areas: Language, Sensorial, Mathematics, Culture, and Practical Life. In addition to this we offer artistic, French, and musical programming.
An authentic Montessori education should be a unique experience specifically tailored to each individual child. Children are encouraged to challenge themselves, at a level which is comfortable for them, with regards to academic, personal and social development.