“The education of even a very small child does not aim at preparing them for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori

Early childhood is the most important phase for overall development throughout a person’s lifetime. Choosing the right program for your young toddler is a very important decision. We invite you to learn more about our unique Montessori program designed to meet the needs of young children between the ages of 18 months and 2.5 years.

Young children between the ages of 18 months and 2.5 years are like a sponge, absorbing stunning amounts of knowledge from their environment, rapidly and effortlessly. Dr. Montessori identified this fertile period of cognitive development, and recognized the need for a rich, well-prepared environment just for toddlers.

Forest Hill Montessori School’s exceptional Toddler Program is the perfect solution for Toronto families seeking childcare that offers a warm and nurturing environment as well as an exceptional and stimulating educational experience.

Our rich curriculum for toddlers is especially designed to

  • foster cognitive development and speech and language development
  • develop and strengthen fine and gross motor skills
  • teach practical life skills and foster independence
  • instill confidence, kindness, and grace and courtesy
  • allow children to learn by doing, using all their senses to explore the world
  • help joyfully instill social skills and cooperation

What makes Forest Hill Montessori School’s Toddler Program so unique?

A dedicated team of loving and nurturing teachers trained in early childhood development and Montessori education.

Spacious, well designed areas where toddlers are free to explore their indoor and outdoor environments with all their senses.

A classroom where everything is toddler-sized. Attractive learning materials are displayed on low shelves within easy reach for toddlers.

Toddlers learn language from stimulating materials and activities and learn to articulate their wants, needs, likes and dislikes. All this results in a child who is able to express himself confidently, which results in less frustration and an all-around happier child.

Self-esteem and feelings of competence develop naturally as the toddlers successfully engage in fun and meaningful activities.

Toddlers gain an awareness of other children and learn to feel secure in the relaxed atmosphere of our school.

They take pride in sorting, stacking and counting; matching and sequencing; scooping and pouring; cleaning and sweeping.

Toddlers spend time outdoors every day (weather permitting); exercise is a regular part of each day.

Toddlers are free to choose their ‘work’, and that work becomes a cherished activity.

Our toddlers explore and engage in activities in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Music, Physical Education, Dance, Art and Nature Exploration.

Toddlers are well prepared for Forest Hill Montessori School’s Primary Program, the next step in their Montessori education.

* please note that Toddlers are provided with two healthy snacks daily as well as a nutritious organic lunch