One thing I’ve begun to notice is how often you’ll find Montessori day cares working out of church facilities. Whitby Montessori and Elementary School appears to be doing the same only once you visit, you truly realise how successful this day care has become. Every space within the building is being used for their programs. It’s easy to forget that you’re even in a church, at times. The cubbies that line the hallways are bursting with backpacks, jackets and children coming and going between rooms for different activities. There’s an energy to walking through the hallway that feels like everyone has a purpose and everyone enjoys being there. The staff member who showed me around greeted all the students by name and they responded in an equally friendly way.
If their tours are anything to judge them by, Whitby Montessori is among one of the most organized day care options in Durham. Upon visiting, I was invited to relax in a waiting area where yearbooks were provided to browse. Before taking me on a tour of the building, one of the staff sat with me and asked questions about my child and my understanding of the Montessori approach. At no point I ever felt rushed – I had lots of questions about Montessori and this staff member was happy to answer all of them. I was also provided with a full information kit, complete with a folder, business cards, rate schedule and more. As someone that loves order and organization – this rated very highly for me. I can also see how on the flipside it can appear to be very business-focused, but from the way I saw staff interacting with children it’s obvious that they work very hard to maintain a community feel.
While it’s impossible to provide all the information there is to know, here are a few things to keep in mind if this is a care option that interests you:
- Whitby Montessori provides full time care only – part time is not available.
- The earliest accepted age is 12 months.
- Hours: 7am-6pm. Drop off and pick up time is flexible.
- The centre has a very large parking lot. No awkward parking lot maneuvering and waiting in line here!
- There is a large indoor gym for use when the weather is cold and children are limited to being indoors.
- Monthly fees are $1245 for Bambini / Pre Casa programs. Registration is $300 and is non-refundable.
This is the first review in the First Impressions: Day Care Tours in Durham series. Did you find this information useful? What information would you like to see in the next post in this series? Perhaps you or someone you know has an experience with Whitby Montessori that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your feedback and experiences in the comments below.