Infant

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Project Description

The Infant Program

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.” – Maria Montessori
Overview
Extra Curriculars
Our Teachers

Brief Overview of the Infant Classroom

  • 10 Student Cap, 1:3 Teacher to Student Ratio

  • Designed for children between 3 and 18 months

  • All meals made in house, from scratch, with organic and best choice ingredients

  • Scratch made baby food available for the littles

  • Weekly Children’s Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation

  • Weekly Music, Movement, and Dance with Catherine Cristofaro

  • Integrated French throughout the Daily Curriculum

  • Large Outdoor Classroom with CSA Certified Climbers, Bike Tracks, Stages, Toboggan Hill, Trees, Organic Gardens, Mud Kitchens
  • Progress Reports at 18 months

  • Daily Reports through our Interactive Communication App

  • Subsidy is available through the City of Windsor

The Infant room is a warm and caring environment designed to meet the psychological and physical needs of children between 3 and 18 months.  There is 1 teacher for every 3 babies with a daily capacity of 10 children.  Tactile, visual, and cognitive senses are stimulated using a wide range of Montessori materials. Baby sign language is taught and encouraged until they develop the ability to use sound.  You will find children learning to eat at a table with utensils,  asking for help nicely, climbing structures, and sleeping in their own cribs.  We focus on socialization and support the development of gross and fine motor skills.

We will work on matching, colours, body parts, care of oneself, dressing and undressing.   We will spend a lot of time outdoors when the weather is appropriate.  We will learn how to be nice with friends, introduce sounds, and read lots of books to promote early language development.  There are weekly music lessons, and weekly yoga practice.

You will have your choice of any milk you choose.   If you have pumped breast milk, we can store that here and heat it up safely as required.

Overview
Extra Curriculars
Our Teachers
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  • Yoga Practice

    Mindful Mondays with Mrs. Kidd.   Mrs. Kidd is a certified children’s yoga instructor.

  • Music, Movement, and Dance

    Led by Catherine Cristofaro of the Rivertown Dance Academy.  Lessons take place on Thursday mornings.

  • Art, Crafts, and Creativity

    Monthly themes and crafts are completed all year long.

  • Baby Sign Language

    Language development starts right away.

  • Weekly Walks

    We load up our strollers and take them on walks weekly.  Even in the winter.

  • Any Milk You Choose

    You supply the breast, we’ll supply the rest .

  • Detailed Daily Reports

    Updates on naps, nutrition, activities, and mood.

  • Individualized Curriculum

    Tailored plans to suit every child.

Overview
Extra Curriculars
Our Teachers

Our Infant Teachers

MacKenzie Wright
MacKenzie WrightRECE / Montessori
Starting to work at Bright Child at the age of fifteen, Ms. Wright quickly realized her passion of teaching, and knew it was where she was meant to be. She graduated in 2017 from St. Clair College as a registered early Childhood educator, (RECE). While attending St. Clair she obtained her Infant and Toddler Montessori Teaching diploma through North American Montessori Center, and completed her Casa Montessori Teaching diploma shorty after graduation. Kenzie is very involved with 4-H Ontario, and enjoys working with the children and helping them learn about the community and the farm industry. Throughout the year Kenzie travels with 4-H showing cattle, teaching children from the ages of six to fifteen responsibility, showmanship, leadership and how to work with peers. Growing up on a local dairy farm just outside of Amherstburg, Kenzie believes that children can only learn to do by doing, and that you can never get too messy in the process.
Nicole Teno
Nicole TenoB.A./B.Ed./OCT
Mrs. Teno graduated from Central Michigan University in 2011 with her Bachelors in Elementary Education; majoring in Child Development, and minoring in Integrated Science and Language Arts. Right after graduating, she taught preschool in East Lansing, Michigan for 2 years with students 3 and 4 in age. In 2013 she got married and moved to Canada where she was able to get her credentials transferred over and obtained her OCT. Nicki’s joy for children shows through her many years of being a nanny and teaching. Nicki left the School Board in April of 2018 to come work at Bright Child. Her love for our age group of students and beliefs and theories on teaching is what attracted Nicki to the job. Outside of teaching, Nicki loves spending time with her family and friends. She has a daughter and a goldendoodle who take up most of time and she wouldn’t trade that for anything. She treats all her students like she would her own and loves being an infant classroom teacher.
Yuliana Harper
Yuliana HarperMontessori in Training
Mrs. Harper was born in Medellin, Colombia. She moved to Florida at the age of 15. She starting dancing at a young age and became the youngest Latin dancer teacher in her academy. At the age of 19 she moved to Canada, where she became bilingual and continued to teach dancing to different age groups. She decided to explored her new country and lived in 6 different cities and towns within. While she traveled, she volunteered in different food banks and immigration centers and realized she had a great passion to help others. She then went to college to study Language Interpreting so she could help those who come into this country with little knowledge of the English language. She also taught Spanish to groups of home schoolers at a beginner level and is currently working towards obtaining her Montessori diploma.

She has a great passion for photography, dance, family, animals and travel.

What Other People Are Saying About Our School

I can confidently say that enrolling our kids into Bright Child is one of the best decisions we’ve made for them! The teachers in every room are absolutely amazing, always welcoming when we come into the school and make us feel right at home. I’m always so happy to see the healthy meals they are eating every day. We get daily picture updates which just make our day at work so much better! We decided to enroll our oldest daughter into JK here in the fall, couldn’t imagine taking her out yet, the things they learn are unbelievable. Both girls have advanced so much from their learning at this school. Bright Child staff, teachers and owners put SO much care into everything they do, I would absolutely recommend them to anyone who wants their children to have an outstanding experience!

Jaclyn Blackburn, Bright Child Parent

Bright Child Montessori puts your mind at ease by creating a nurturing and challenging learning environment with a dedicated teaching staff. We have been so impressed with how the Montessori teaching methods have enhanced our child’s interests while exposing him to a variety of fundamental life skills.  We would wholeheartedly recommend Bright Child Montessori to any parent looking for a superior educational experience for their child.

Brooke & Bryon Meloche, Bright Child Parents

We feel so blessed to have our daughter start her earliest experiences growing, learning, and exploring at Bright Child Montessori. It is never easy to drop your children off in someone else’s care, but we have been confident since day one in our decision. The staff at BC is knowledgeable and passionate. They work so incredibly hard and I truly respect each and every one of them for the time and effort they have put forward to making Juliet’s experience so wonderful. We have witnessed so much empathy and love towards our daughter from the staff, and the time and effort in giving her, and all the children, an enriched experience each and every day is so heart warming. We are also extremely satisfied with the cleanliness and amenities at the school, the incredible healthy and diverse daily menu, and the specialty programs like yoga, dance, and outdoor activities that make her so excited, and a little less sad (parting from us) each morning. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who values education, equity, and imagination for their child.

Jennifer Fatallah, Bright Child Parent

Every day, I look forward to the photo updates of what Finlay is doing at school. I truly appreciate the time it takes to keep all parents informed. It speaks to how dedicated the staff at Bright Child Montessori are.
– Jeff Meloche

Finlay loved Forest School! And I appreciate that he has the opportunity to learn mindfulness and meditation, through yoga every Friday.
– Janice Meloche

Jeff and Janice Meloche, Bright Child Parents

My wife and I have two children enrolled in this school. The peace of mind we get knowing that they are well taken care of by teachers and staff that really care about their well being is worth every penny. The kids really love going to school.

Dan Knuckle, Father of David and Audrey Anne

I will never forget the first day we visited Bright Child Montessori. The moment we walked in, we were instantly greeted by the staff who made us feel so very comfortable. As a new Mother, I was anxious to leave our daughter in the care of others.. however within the first day we knew that our Reese was so well taken care of! The teachers, staff, chef, and the owners John and Melissa are beyond amazing! They have created such a nurturing environment for our children to learn and grow, and the organic menu is incredible! Bright child feels like an extension to our family, and I am so grateful to have them apart of our lives!

Jessie and Jeff Schwab, Bright Child Parents

Thank you for everything you have done for us since working at Bright Child.  You have helped shape our careers and we wouldn’t be where we are now if it was not with the help of both of you! We really appreciate your love and support!

Jenna Huneault and Rebekah French, Bright Child Teachers

Bright Child provides a caring, thoughtfully prepared learning environment that has encouraged our son to learn and grow socially, cognitively, physically and emotionally. The holistic approach to meals prepared and served, and programs offered, from music, art, yoga to Forest School, have been key to my son’s development into the confident, independent little boy he has become.

Kate & BJ Laub, Bright Child Parents

I wouldn’t send my kids anywhere else!! The teachers are all amazing and always welcoming!! My daughters talk about their teachers all the time! A huge thing for me was the healthy food that the kids eat! This is a big thing in my family and we teach our kids to eat healthy. So it’s nice to know that it is being carried on at school! I have also never seen a school so clean as well!! Every time I pick up my kids there is always someone cleaning. At the end of the day my kids are getting the best care and I recommend to all my friends to look here when deciding where to enroll their kids!! The bar is set VERY HIGH!!!!!

Carly and Dean Fantin, Bright Child Parents

My wife and I can’t say enough great things about Bright Child and their staff. Our children love their teachers,  class activities, new friends,  the great food options and they love looking back through all the photos and videos on our phones captured by staff daily, even after they graduate. My wife and I, along with the family members set up on the HiMama app praise the organization of the school with Bright Child providing us with meal information,  bathroom break info during potty training and activity overview. We value the timeless photos and videos and day by day updates. Thank you Bright Child staff, for all you do.

Brady Thrasher, Bright Child Parent

Beyond grateful to have such a well run school where we can send our kids. The teachers are so engaged and so capable, they know and love our children; the food is healthful; the programming is creative; the result is well adjusted kids learning far more than I would ever think to impart. Bright child is an extension of our home 🙂

Megan Mailloux, Bright Child Parent

Bright Child is an amazing Montessori school. Our youngest is currently in the Casa 1 class and our oldest is in senior kindergarten at Bright Child. The teachers are calm and caring and truly provide individualized attention to each child. We love that the school emphasizes the importance of outdoor time (in all weather) and teaches respect for nature. Forest School is an excellent addition to the program! The meals and snacks provided to the children are incredible – varied, healthy, and locally sourced when possible. Our girls absolutely love the music classes and doing yoga. As a parent, I love that the Montessori method emphasizes independence – it is incredible to watch your child’s confidence increase as they master a new skill!

Sarah and Kory Renaud, Bright Child Parents

Tuition Information

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business” – Henry Ford

We understand that education and child care expenses can be a major burden in a families budget.  This is why we promise to always provide the highest quality care while operating as efficiently as possible.   Depending on your household income, and the amount of children you have, you could qualify for fee assistance. Furthermore, Canadian taxpayers can claim up to $8,000 per child for children under the age of 7 years at the end of the year.  Please take advantage of all programs that are available to you.

School Day

$4860for full time
  • 9am to 2:55pm
  • Equivalent to $8.10/hour
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Scratch Made Organic Meals
  • Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Subsidy is Available
  • Reduces to $39.60 in Toddler

Work Day

$5400for full time
  • Up to 9 hours
  • Equivalent to $6/hour
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Scratch Made Organic Meals
  • Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Subsidy is Available
  • Reduces to $45.00 in Toddler

Extended Day

$5850for full time
  • Up to 11 hours
  • Equivalent to $5.32/hour
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Scratch Made Organic Meals
  • Music, Movement, and Dance
  • Children’s Yoga
  • Subsidy is Available
  • Reduces to $54.00 in Toddler

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236 Cherrylawn Crescent Amherstburg, Ontario

Phone: 519.736.4022

Web: www.brightchild.ca