Policies

Montessori Infant Community’s Policies and Procedures 

Address: Selkämerenkatu 10, 00180 Helsinki

Phone: +358 44 295 5560

E-mail: montessori(at)infant-community.com

Website: www.infant-community.com 

Goals and objectives

Montessori philosophy recognizes that children have natural drives which inspire them to reach their potential. Their minds are like fertile fields, and their inherent love of learning is stimulated when they are given opportunities to engage in meaningful activities with the proper balance of autonomy and guidance from specially trained teachers. 

The school’s goal is to provide a carefully planned, prepared and stimulating learning environment, where the children can meet their developmental needs, develop fundamental attitudes and skills such as high self-esteem, positive attitude towards learning and joy of learning, lay down a basis of social development, foster natural curiosity and concentration, motivation and self-discipline essential for a lifetime of creative self-realization. 

Our school caters to walking children between 15 months and 6 years old. We try to keep the right age ratio to keep the group mixed in terms of ages – it gives a real picture of the world where younger children can learn from older ones, and older kids learn to care for younger ones. 

We do not have staffing to provide care for children with special needs. Should we, after a period of observation, come to the conclusion that a child requires special care, we will try our best to find a mutually agreeable solution. All issues will always be dealt with full confidentiality. 

Working hours

Our school is open: 

Monday through Friday: 8:30 until 16:30 (toddler group) and 8:30-17:00 (Children's House). 

Parents/guardians are responsible for picking the child on time. The fee of 20 euro will be charged for every 10 minutes of being late. 

Holydays

Please, see our calendar for information

Adjustment time

We understand that it might be difficult for some children to separate from the parents; and it is natural for some children to be upset when the parent leaves, so in order to insure a gentle transition into a new environment new children stay half-day (8:30-12:30) during the first 2 weeks of attendance.  

We will make all possible efforts to make child’s stay at school as enjoyable as possible.  

After 9:00 parents are not allowed to stay at school. You are welcome to come and observe the class in action– the dates and times should be agreed with the school separately.

Supplies

For toddler group: we expect that your child enters the school in a clean and dry diaper (you can change the child at school) and you supply the school with a set of clean pull-up diapers. Please, check and replenish these supplies regularly. The child will be changed if necessary during the school hours. Please, also supply indoor shoes/slippers, a spare change of clothes (shirts, pants, socks), rain gear (rain trousers/jacket/overall, rain boots) and bed linen for your child (pillow case (size 40x60 cm), a sheet, a duvet cover (size 120x160 cm) and a little hand towel) to be picked up for washing each Monday. 

For children's house: indoor shoes/ slippers, a spare change of clothes (shirts, pants, socks and underwear), raingear (rain trousers/jacket/overall, rain boots)

Please, check and replesnish supplies of extra clothing once a week. 

Clothing 

Please, label all your child’s clothing. Children should wear inside shoes or non-slip socks.

Montessori approach encourages movement and independence, so we suggest that you dress your child taking into consideration the following:

  • Clothing should have a right size - not too tight and not too loose. The size of clothing must allow freedom of movement; 
  • No onesies, please;
  • Arm and leg holes are comfortable;
  • Please, avoid: dresses; clothes that drape; too loose trousers which make it difficult to move; jeans which have too tight waists and buttons difficult to open and close; overalls; belts; suspenders (all these make it very difficult to take off pants quickly, if a child needs to use a potty). 
  • We recommend pants with elastic waist bands (not too narrow and not too wide);  one zip cloths; shirts must we large enough  with large head holes easy to put on and off. 
  • No shoes with laces, please
  • For autumn/winter time - one-piece overall

Nutrition

The school provides warm lunch and an afternoon snack. We use organic milk and crackers. Please, inform us of any dietary restrictions and allergies. Menu is posted every week to our notice board.

Nap

The school provides beds, pillows and blankets for children where children can nap after lunch. Parents are responsible for providing bed linen (sheet, pillow case and blanket cover which should be changed every week). All the children are required to go to their beds after lunch.

Health and wellness policies

To promote a healthy, germ-free environment please, ensure your child washes his/her hands before and after class.

If you notice a change in your child’s behavior such as feeling tied or out-of-sorts, consider this as a sign of the onset of illness, which is the most contagious time. Keep your child home for some extra rest if he or she overly tired or irritable. 

Children should not be brought to school if they are not well enough to cope with normal school activities. We cannot give one-on-one care for ill children. 

The following is a list of symptoms to guide you in deciding whether your child should be brought to school. DO NOT bring your child to school on days when any of the following symptoms are present and do allow one day without symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Eye infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Threadworms
  • Vomiting
  • Head lice
  • Bad rash 
  • Skin viral and bacterial infections
  • Badly running nose or bad cough

It is also important to keep your child’s nails short.

Emergency procedures 

In the event of an accident or emergency needing immediate medical attention, the staff will not hesitate to seek proper care for a child. Every effort will be made to contact the parents immediately. 

The school is covered by an accident insurance by IF Vahinkovakuutusyhtiö Oy, which covers all injuries which occur at school during school hours and when the children are supervised by the school staff.

It is very important that you keep the contact numbers as well as other information in the school UP-TO-DATE. Please, notify the school immediately of any changes. 

We also ask that you give a contact number of anyone who is picking your child from school.   

Toys 

We ask that children DO NOT bring sweets, money or toys from home. 

Discipline policy

The Montessori program nurtures self-discipline, which develops over a period of many years. The basis of discipline is respect: respect for oneself, for others, and for the environment. The adults and children in the prepared environment set limits for behavior based on the group’s need for safe and mutually respectful community. 

If a child has a difficulty following the rules of the community, the response will be age-appropriate. Personal attention, distraction, substitution and/or removal from the situation are typical approaches for toddler group. Many instances resolve themselves as the child, within the bounds of safety and common sense, experiences the logical consequences of his/her actions (i.e. wiping up after spilling water on the floor etc.)

The school reserves the right to terminate or suspend enrollment if the child's classroom teacher and the administration determine that the child is or will be unable to thrive in the school's Montessori environment (the school anticipates that it would take this action only after attempting to resolve, with parents and the child, whatever problems exist. 

Communication

Each child has own cubby in the entrance area, which should be checked regularly for dirty clothing, school information and other mail (birthday invitations etc). Also located near the door are the notice boards where you can find some interesting information about child’s development and up-coming events.

We consider cooperation between families and the school extremely important. If you need to speak with any of the teachers, please, do it before the class or send us an e-mail; not during the classroom hours. 

We consider it is very important that parents are aware of the school’s methods and activities as this enables us to cooperate more fully to support your child’s development.

We email monthly newsletters and organize parent evenings providing insight and information on the Montessori method; children’s physical and psychological development; healthy nutrition; toilet training etc. We also organize parent/teacher conferences where we can discuss the child’s progress in December and May. Each child will receive a progress report at the end of the school year.

We have a private Facebook group which we regularly update with class events and children's photos

During the school year parents also have an opportunity to come and observe a classroom session. The school will arrange these observation dates individually with each family. 

Birthdays

If you would like to send a treat for the group for your child's birthday, please, send healthy ready made cookies or cakes from a shop (not self-made). Please, check the cookies or cakes do not contain nuts. 

Resources 

We have a small collection of books, journals and articles on Montessori method, which are available to anyone. Please, ask the staff if you wish to borrow any of them. If you have an interest, a problem or a question related to childcare or development, we may be able to assist you.

Finally, please, do not hesitate to speak to the staff should you have any queries. We hope that your child’s stay with us will be an enjoyable experience!