Our Curriculum

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Cozy Time’s curriculum is based upon the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, and is developmentally appropriate for children from birth to age six.  Our daycare curriculum is guided by the Ontario Ministry of Education, however the curriculum offered by Cozy Time surpasses in most instances the guidelines set by the Ministry of Education.  The Montessori Method is supported by hundreds of unique self-teaching materials available in each classroom.  Unlike traditional teaching materials, they are not linked to specific knowledge, skills or usage, but exist to stimulate mental development and constructive thinking.  They also increase attention to detail coordination and create excellent work habits.  In order to facilitate learning and the Montessori approach the classroom is divided into various learning centres which allow for scheduled learning as well as free play.


Our programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers are conducted in a warm, loving, nurturing environment. Infant rooms feature bright, airy interiors designed to stimulate with toys and materials that encourage hand/eye coordination and cognitive ability. Toddlers begin their studies with an introduction to Montessori focusing on practical life and sensorial skills. Preschoolers/Casa Students follow an in depth look into the five areas of Montessori: Practical Life, Sensorial, Culture, Language and Math.  All children are taught gently how to solve problems amongst themselves with a teacher serving as mediator.

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the period from birth to age six, for that is the time when man's intelligence itself is being formed. At no other age has the child a greater need of intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen his chance of achieving perfection

Our Curriculum at Cozy Time begins with a deep respect for children as unique individuals. Our Casa classes bring children together in multi aged groups, rather than classes comprised of just one age group. This allows the teachers to develop close and long term relationships with their students while also learning each child’s learning style. Cozy Time’s classes are not run by teacher’s alone. Students are taught to manage their own community and develop leadership skills and independence. The Montessori approach to education is consciously designed to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively. Students progress as they master new skills, moving ahead as quickly as they are ready. Our students also learn through hands on experience and investigation as they become actively engaged in their studies through varying natural environments. At Cozy Time students also learn not to be afraid of making mistakes; they come to see their mistakes as natural steps in the learning process. We are dedicated in providing each child an education for life: When your child is ready to transition from preschool to elementary school it is our goal to have instilled a love of learning, a discovery of one`s innate potential, and a desire to make the world a better place.


Progress Reports


Your child`s progress will be monitored daily through staff observations and specialized screening tools.  Early identification screening tools are used to help monitor that a child’s development and health is on track and may include information about where to go for support, assessment and/or treatment if concerns are identified.  York Region Community and Health Services provides such screening tools to licensed child care providers in York Region: Nipissing District Developmental Screens (NDDS) which may be used by parents or caregivers and the York Region Red Flags Guide: A quick reference guide for early years professionals which is for the use of early years professionals only:

  1. NDDS are developmental screening tools available to parents, caregivers, and early years professionals working with infants and children up to six years of age. NDDS helps determine if a child’s development is progressing as it should. Each checklist explores a child’s development in the areas of vision, hearing, speech, language and communication, physical movement, understanding, emotional awareness, interacting with others and independence. The child’s chronological age determines which screen to use. NDDS also provides suggestions and activities that foster age appropriate development.
  1. The Red Flags guide is a quick reference guide to assess children up to the age of six years for growth and development by domains. It also includes factors that affect the dynamics of parent-child interaction and impact child health, growth and development, such as postpartum mood disorder and abuse.


It will assist professionals in identifying when a child could be at risk of not meeting his or her expected health outcomes or developmental milestones and identifies the need for further investigation by the appropriate professionals or intervention in York Region.


At Cozy Time, progress reports and Parent/Teacher interviews will be completed twice per year.  A NDDS will be completed for Infants.  Toddler and Casa children will be completing progress reports specifically tailored to their classrooms.


Cozy Time Montessori Academy’s philosophy incorporates our program mission statement through the implementation of the educational philosophy and academic approach of Dr. Maria Montessori. Each child is recognized as an individual, with varying abilities, needs and interests.


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9222 Keele Street,
L4J 5A3 Vaughan, ON

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