Tuition and other fees

Stoney Creek Montessori’s fee schedule is updated in January of each year with any anticipated changes for the upcoming academic year. We aim to keep our fee reasonable and do not exclude families already in our care if any increases pose a difficulty to them. We are part of the CWELCC (commonly referred to as “$10 a day childcare”) – the eligible fees on this page will be reduced accordingly by the end of December 2022. 

Please email info@stoneycreekmontessori.com if you have any questions – we do not answer enrolment inquiries over the phone. To waitlist your child, please use this form.

Enrolment Fees

  • $500: a one-off registration fee for each student (this is not an annual fee).
  • $500 annual materials fee per year for each new student, due from February each year for the upcoming school year. This fee is $300 per year for each existing student enrolled before December 31st, 2021.
  • Tuition deposit (one month’s tuition) for new students, which is held and applied to the child’s final month of enrolment once notice is given in accordance with the Withdrawal Policy contained within the school’s Parent Handbook


Tuition rates

We are part of the CWELCC (commonly referred to as “$10 a day childcare”). The fees on this page, including the fees noted below, will be reduced accordingly by the end of December 2022. 

  • Nidos from 16-18 months old (conditional upon walking steadily): $1,550 per month
  • Bambinis from 19 to 36 months: $1,420 per month
  • CASA Year 1 from age 3 to 4 years: $1,340 per month
  • CASA Year 2 from age 4 to 5 years: $1,280 per month
  • CASA Year 3+ from age 5 to 6 years: $1,200 per month

Fees are by age, not by classroom assignment. The monthly tuition fee does not fluctuate during the year. Holidays, professional development days, and pre-planned school closures are accounted for in our annual fee, which is then divided into 12 equal payments. These dates can be viewed in our calendar.

Stoney Creek Montessori cannot accept childcare subsidies as the program, managed by the City of Hamilton, has been closed to new applicant schools since before SCM’s founding.


Extended Days and late pick-up fees

School hours are from 8.30 am to 4.15 pm. Extended hours are available upon request and at additional cost. Early extended care is from 7.30 am to 8.30 am. Late extended care is from 4.15 pm to 5.30 pm.

  • Bambinis: $225 per month for early care; $225 per month for late care
  • Casa: $175 per month for early care; $175 per month for late care

Early and late care fees do not qualify for CWELCC rebates and will, therefore, apply in full for families who elect to enroll their child(ren) in early and/or late care.

Early and late care provision is dependent on restrictions imposed by Public Health. When we are required to cancel early and/or late care, SCM will inform parents in advance.

Emergency Care is for use when a family is in need of ad-hoc care before or after the standard school day. Due to the operational and staffing costs incurred when additional children remain for extended care, a late fee will be invoiced. Emergency care must be coordinated in advance with the Site Supervisor (by email or phone) before using this service to ensure adequate staffing is available. The fee is $10 per 15 minutes (or part thereof) per CASA child and $15 per 15 minutes (or part thereof) per Bambini child.

Late pick-up and early drop-off fee (unscheduled). Stoney Creek Montessori closes at 4:15 pm, except for children enrolled in pre-arranged late care. Parents are asked to plan sufficient time to collect their child, and their child’s belongings, to have any staff discussion and leave the centre before 4:15 p.m. Due to the operational and staffing costs incurred when a parent/guardian is late, a late fee will be invoiced. A similar charge is levied when a child is dropped off before the official start time in the morning. The fee is $20 per 15 minutes (or part thereof), per child.


Methods of payment

  • Initial registration fees are payable by e-payment to info@stoneycreekmontessori.com
  • Monthly fees are payable by pre-authorized debit. An authorization form will be issued for this.
  • Invoices and receipts are issued via Quickbooks.
  • Cheques are not accepted. If you require an exception, please reach out to us.


Payment schedule

  • MONTHLY PAYMENTS
    • Payments are accepted by pre-authorized debit. A form will be issued to parents via Docusign.
    • An invoice will be issued on the 20th of each month for the following month. Fees are debited on the 28th. Where the 28th falls on a weekend or holiday, the fee will be debited on the next business day.
  • ANNUAL PAYMENTS are no longer accepted.


Terms & Conditions

Please review Stoney Creek Montessori’s Parent Handbook for full details of our enrolment policies. They include the following:

  • Meals are included in tuition fees.
  • Enrolment is confirmed after the school receives the registration fee, materials fee and last month’s deposit. Enrolment forms are not required until 6 weeks before enrolment begins.
  • There is no refund or reduction in fees in case of withdrawal, dismissal, absence, cancellation, vacation or non-attendance.
  • If a child has been enrolled for less than 6 months: Fees for the current month as well as fees paid in the form of the tuition deposit (final month) will be forfeited if the child has been at SCMS for 6 months or less. These, along with the registration fee and materials fee, are non-refundable.
  • If a child has been enrolled for 6 months or more and 35 days’ notice is provided in accordance with our Parent Handbook policies, the tuition deposit will be applied to the last month of the child’s time at the school.
  • The monthly tuition fee does not fluctuate during the year. Holidays, professional development days, and pre-planned school closures are accounted for in our annual fee, which is then divided into 12 equal payments. Holidays and closure dates can be viewed in our calendar.
  • Enrolment is not continuous during the Summer Program in July and August of each year. The deadline for opting into the Summer Program, and other important dates, can be viewed in our calendar.
  • The School is closed during certain periods of the year, including March break, a few days in June and August, and over the winter holidays as detailed in the school calendar.