A traditional Montessori school housed in a beautifully refurbished building conveniently located near the highways in Lower Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada. We are licensed by the Ministry of Education. Stoney Creek Montessori School is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA).
The school is located at 178 Barton Street, Units 4-5, Stoney Creek, ON, L8E 4W2.
Our children learn and play in intentionally mixed-aged groups of
Bambini: 18 months to 3 years
Casa I and II: 3 years to 6 years
With both outdoor and indoor spaces specifically designed by us to accommodate the needs of the children, Stoney Creek Montessori is a nurturing and joyful place where each child is treated as an individual. It is the Montessori way to allow children to develop at their own pace. Accordingly, everything in Stoney Creek Montessori’s environment reflects a dedication to quality, beauty and the children’s abilities to do things for themselves.
There is a waiting list, which you can add your child to by completing this form.
Our standard hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. We are closed on public holidays, for winter holidays, and for March Break. Please refer to the school calendar for specific dates when we are closed.
We offer an earlier start from 7:30 am and/or late finish by 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday at an additional cost.
Due to the significant impact of full time enrolment on the learning and development of the child, part-time programs are no longer available at Stoney Creek Montessori School.
Students engage in a minimum of two hours of outdoor exploration in our school’s natural playground. The playground is immediately behind the school and covered in playground safe engineered wood fibre. All structures in our playground, including our balance beam, tree trunk cuttings, and tires, are designed to encourage students to explore nature. They are closely supervised at all times.
Activities are introduced on the playground that meet the interests of the children and can range from building insect houses, painting bird houses, and following a cicada around. The children can also often be overheard designing games amongst themselves and creating new ways of play within this space.
Our in-house cooks prepare hot meals and snacks for the children. We use the freshest ingredients, with preference given to organic and locally sourced items. The variety in our menu reflects a healthy, well-balanced diet. Every effort is made to satisfy genuine dietary needs. We only serve organic milk. A full menu is always available to parents at the school entrance and electronically at all times.
Communication and Transparency
Open and transparent communication is an important part of our operational protocol. We issue a newsletter each week that summarizes the activities the children were particularly interested in that week, administrative updates, and the pictures from the week. Parents and guardians also receive regular updates and pictures about their child’s experiences in the classroom through Transparent Classroom. Parents receive a progress update and two detailed report cards each year, which record the work, interests, and development of the child. Additionally, we hold Parents Evenings thrice a year to discuss your child’s individual progress. We have an open-door policy for parents throughout the year. Appointments are always recommended to ensure that staff can focus on parent questions and concerns.
We recognize the importance of not only a pedagogical style that understands the development of children well, but also a staffing configuration that ensures that your child receives excellent education and care. We pride ourselves in hiring staff who love children, take ownership over their classrooms, and are inspired by their work. Our staff engage in multiple professional development workshops throughout the year including Autism Awareness training, anti-bias pedagogy, and Montessori workshops.
We believe that children benefit greatly from a gradual introduction to a new school environment. Attending a new school for the first time is an important step in children’s lives, even if they have previously been cared for by a babysitter or attended another nursery. To aid in this transition, we encourage short visits at first so that the child builds a bond with the staff but with the confidence that the parent/guardian will return for them. Our staff members are trained to handle these first few days with expert care. The aim is that each child starting school is happy and comfortable in his new environment. Parents are welcome to bring a comfort blanket or pictures from home to aid in this transition.
It is the school’s policy to release a child to the parent/caregiver or to someone who has been authorized in writing to pick-up the child. Parents/caregivers are asked to personally introduce us to any other person who may be required to pick up their child.
In the event of an emergency whereby a child needs to be collected by someone we are not familiar with, the procedure is as follows: the parent must communicate the request to the school in writing; the person collecting your child must bring a proof of identity for security reasons; and you will also be asked to provide a password to the person collecting your child.
Our staff is committed to equality and are trained an anti-bias pedagogy. They recognize that children’s attitude towards others is established in these early years. We welcome everyone who applies for entry regardless of their race, ethnic origin, culture, disability, or religion.
Health and Safety
We are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment both inside the school and outside in the playground. We know that your child is precious and special so we make safety and security our top priority. Our high staff to pupil ratio ensures close supervision at all times. We also have emergency procedures in place should unplanned emergencies happen. The site has 24-hour CCTV surveillance as well.
Children are asked not to attend school if they are suffering from sickness, diarrhoea, vomiting, red eyes, unexplained symptoms, or any infection that may be transmitted to any other children. The school requires parents to respect this policy, in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. Parents are welcome to discuss these conditions or any other concerns they may have with the school. If your child falls ill or has an accident during the day, we may need to contact you, so please ensure that your contact details are always up to date on our records.
We are very closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 Pandemic. In consultation with our representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Public Health Department at the city of Hamilton, infection disease specialists, and our parent community, we have designed very careful policies that respect the research around COVID-19 and children. You are welcome to email us for a copy of these policies.
Medicines can be administered as long as
- a doctor has prescribed it,
- the medication administration form is signed
- we have a letter of consent.
If your child has any allergies, please inform the school.