Our Childcare Program
Childcare programs at the North End Montessori School in Manchester, New Hampshire offer families an affordable daycare program and education experience.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Manchester, our multi-age campus consists of two buildings and fifteen unique classrooms which span a city block, with ample free parking. We are proud to be the largest urban Montessori School in New Hampshire!
Our history of success and exciting approach to childcare has earned our school the honor of being designated a host site for Child Care Aware (CCA). This means that our facility is regularly used to provide professional development, workshops and seminars, and continuing education to early childhood educators and members of the NH Montessori Association when they host trainings on our campus.
Our Toddler Child Care Classrooms
Our warm, welcoming environment for children empowers them to benefit from their daily classroom experience. Unlike a traditional child care development center, each toddler classroom is designed just for toddlers and serves as a unique space for each child to begin their developmental journey toward independence. We focus on age-appropriate developmental tasks that foster self-care, balance and movement, cognitive development, gross and fine motor skills, language and speech development.
Our Unique Educational Plans, Toys and Learning Tools
Our clean and spacious toddler classrooms are thoughtfully-designed with educational toys and learning tools placed at eye-level for toddlers’ easy access. Throughout our school community, specialized learning toys and kinesthetic teaching tools, called Montessori apparatus and didactics, are part of the prepared environment that encourages growth and supports each of the critical stages of your child’s development.
Our Child Safety Protocols
Child safety and security are our top priority. Our Emergency Operations Plan helps keep children safe as we follow all local and state child safety requirements. For example, we regularly practice mandated protocols such as fire drill evacuations, secure campus, and shelter in place procedures. As part of our school programs, we help children with experiences including transitions to and from safety drills, with age-appropriate discussion and support.
How Montessori Childcare is Different from Traditional Daycare
Highly Educated Teachers
Our toddler program follows the Montessori philosophy. Our toddler teachers are experienced, loving, caring, and enthusiastic professionals who specialize in toddler care in our pre-Montessori environment. Our preschool, kindergarten, and elementary teachers often have more advanced education than most typical in-home daycare providers, child care teachers, and public child care centers, preschools, and elementary schools. The majority of teachers at North End Montessori School have multiple advanced degrees. Our lead preschool through elementary teachers are certified Montessorians who draw upon their Montessori credentialing to implement the methodology.
Supportive Environment for Children
Everything about the environment for children is beautifully appointed to support organic learning for each child. This means that our teaching methods, tools and materials support active play in a welcoming environment that invites curiosity and encourages contemplation. The colors are warm and soothing, rather than simply bright primary colors throughout.
Mixed Age Classrooms Versus Single Grade Classrooms
Our mixed age classrooms promote academic experiences that fit each child’s unique learning style and social development. Kids of all ages learn from each other, as younger students benefit from mentorship from older students, and older students gain responsibility and leadership skills that boost self-esteem and build confidence. Teachers observe each child’s unique progress within their environment, and provide direction as the child is ready. Our teachers are specially trained to identify when children progress through the Seven Sensitive Periods of growth, from infant to six years old.
Child Directed Instead of Teacher Directed
The academic experiences and classroom experience that each child receives is child directed, instead of the traditional teacher directed approach of public day care centers and public schools.
Each child gains access to specially prepared learning tools, toys and materials that encourage individualized, self-paced learning.
Children attending our Toddler program typically spend up to two years before transitioning to our preschool. Students in our preschool through elementary programs historically have the same teacher for three years. This consistency is important during this critical time in their cognitive, social-emotional and physical development. It also maintains consistency and enables parents to collaborate with teachers regarding their child’s progress.
Our Daily Curriculum
Your toddler will enjoy the flow of their day with us at North End Montessori School. Our morning begins with a community meeting (our enhancement to daycare circle time or choice time), followed by individual lessons and exploratory play.
Our community meeting is a time to come together, to reinforce emerging toddler skill sets such as grace and courtesy, manners, following directives, pre-language, pre-math and pre-science.
This supportive pre-Montessori atmosphere is helpful for all of our toddler students. Participating in group activities is a great precursor to socialization.
This daily curriculum balances routine activities, flexible independent time, and group activities to form a critical foundation for your child’s growth and wellbeing.
A Practical Approach and Affordable Alternative Daycare
Our commitment to offering affordable child care through our toddler program provides families throughout the greater Manchester, NH area with a practical alternative to a traditional child development center.
Our straightforward and inclusive tuition approach represents unbeatable value, without sacrificing any of the quality you expect from a school with dedicated Montessori professionals.
Toddler Classroom Child Care Rates & Schedules
$165 – $375 per week (includes brand-name diapers, wipes, ointments, gloves)
Programs are offered year-round and may include: 5-day, 3-day or 2-day programs.
Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. $290/wk
8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. $320/wk
Full days + before & after care:
Mon-Fri, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $350/wk
(Additional $25/week fee for toddlers requiring diapers in all 5-Day Programs)*
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. $195/wk
8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. $230/wk
Full days + before and after care:
Mon, Wed, Fri, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $265/wk
(Additional $15/week fee for toddlers requiring diapers in all 3-Day Programs)*
Tue & Thu, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m- $155/wk
8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. $180/wk
Full days + before and after care:
Tue & Thu, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. $205/wk
(Additional $10/week fee for toddlers requiring diapers in all 2-Day Programs)*
Drop-In Fee for Any Morning, Academic Day or Full Day Program- $90
Late Payment Fee: $50
Returned Check Fee: $50
Late Pick Up Fee: $5/minute
*Diaper fee includes brand-name diapers, ointments and gloves. There is no fee for toddlers who are or become potty-trained and do not require diapers.
Admissions & Enrollment Process for our Toddler Child Care Program
In addition to affordable daycare rates for children in our toddler program, North End Montessori School offers a streamlined admissions and enrollment process.
Preschool Enrollment for Toddler Program Graduates
Graduates of our Montessori-inspired program are evaluated at around two years nine months to determine placement in our certified Montessori preschool program.
From Our Toddler Child Care Classroom to Other Montessori Classrooms
Our school programs are designed to support your child’s development journey from early childcare, beginning at age fifteen months to fourth grade. Toddler Program students seamlessly transition to Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, until they’re ready for promotion to our Elementary School program.
DID YOU KNOW?
Key Facts about Child Development and Child Care
- A child’s brain develops faster from birth to three years than at any other point in his or her life.
- There are key stages of child development during this time, called “sensitive periods”, when a child becomes deeply interested in specific subjects, including: order, movement, small objects, grace and courtesy, refinement of the senses, writing, reading, language, spatial relationships, music, and mathematics.
- Dr. Maria Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times (1949-1951) in recognition of her child advocacy experience and humanitarian efforts.
- Learn more about benefits of The Montessori Philosophy.
What is the age range for the Toddler Child Care program at North End Montessori School?
The North End Montessori School Toddler Child Care program is open to children ranging from fifteen months to 36 months.
Do you provide childcare for infants?
We do not provide childcare for infants (infant child age is birth to 12 months). However, your child is eligible beginning at 15 months old to enroll in our North End Montessori School Toddler Program.
A great benefit of enrolling your child in our toddler program is we will guarantee your child’s enrollment in our Preschool and Kindergarten classroom once he or she is ready to transition.
What is the toddler teacher ratio at North End Montessori School?
The toddler teacher ratio at North End Montessori School is an optimal 6:1 student-teacher ratio.
Our typical toddler classrooms have 2 teachers to 12 students, as well as before/after care assistants.
What are some misconceptions about Montessori schools?
The common assumption is that a Montessori education is unaffordable or too expensive. North End Montessori School is priced to be accessible to most everyone. North End Montessori School’s tuition rates are reasonable, competitive, and accessible to the majority of families.
We are not a religious-based school community, nor is the Montessori method religion-based. We honor diversity in our classrooms, and maintain a school community of teachers and children of various races, ethnicities, cultures, ages, and abilities.
Another incorrect assumption is that Montessori schools cater only to children without learning challenges. In fact, during the early 1900s, Dr. Maria Montessori was appointed by the Italian Minister of Education as the Director of the “Scuola Ortofrenica”, an institution for the care and education of children considered “cognitively challenged”. Her teaching method enabled many students to achieve above-average scores on standard tests. Dr. Montessori then opened “Casa de Bambini” or “Children’s House,” for children ages three to six years in a poor neighborhood in San Lorenzo, Italy.
Casa dei Bambini offered poor children a safe haven, basic self-care, education, and adult supervision. In effect, we would consider Casa dei Bambini to be the front-runner and inspiration to all modern child care programs of today.