City Heights Montessori

ECE Service Category: Care and Education centre

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Ownership: This service is a privately operated business e.g. it is owned by a sole trader, partnership, company or private trust
Street or Road: 254 York Place
Location: Dunedin
Phone: contact number is not available for new enrolments
Ages of children: Licensed to care for children from 2 years of age
Group / Centre Size: The centre operates on a small and personal scale for children and families. It is licensed for 50 or fewer children. It is what we call a 'boutique' early childhood centre.
Qualified teaching staff: 80% to 100% of teaching staff are qualified teachers (according to funding claimed from the Ministry of Education, last updated beginning of 2020).
Shows Children that Men Can Teach and Care for Young Children Too: In 2019 the teaching team was, known to have been usually or all of the time, women only. (Note that it is best to have gender balance with children being taught and cared for by both men and women. In Home-based ECE this criterion relates to visiting teachers only)
Is this service HIGHLY Parent Rated?: THIS SERVICE CANNOT YET BE CLASSIFIED AS A HIGHLY RATED SERVICE. (To be so it needs to have a number of recent positive reviews - at least 5 positive if a small centre, or 10 if a mega-centre or a home-based service)
Entrant in the Hall of Excellence: Not yet
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COMPLIANCE warning: It has a clean record. It's licence was not downgraded by the Ministry of Education in 2019 or 2020 as far as we know (if you want to check on its history before 2019 go to more info below)
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Entrant in the Wall of Shame: NO. As far as is known there has not been a major reported incident of the standard or ethic of care falling below what society in general considers to be acceptable
More Info on Wall of Shame: Wall of Shame
Education Review Office report: The last report was in 2019 and it was most positive
Ministry of Education Licence ID number: 80026
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3.1 based on 2 reviews
Very happy to have my child here

On 16 Aug 2020, Holly Anderson wrote:

I am very happy with this centre for my toddler. The teachers and managers know my child very well and she loves going there. The centre is spacious and well equipped. There is a varied programme of free choice and group activities. The main room for toddlers is warm and sunny and has two outside play areas they can easily access. The children are outside often. The toddlers move up to the next class around 3 years and some are not yet toilet trained which isn't a problem. I certainly recommend this centre.
Holly Anderson likes: I like the caring teachers and the space
Holly Anderson dislikes: I dislike very little
Would never send my child there...

On 30 Aug 2019, Kayla Price wrote:

I was extremely disappointed with the toddler classroom at this centre. When I visited there was only one teacher in the room with lots of toddlers. I was told that the staff broke their 'boutique' ratios when help was needed in the baby room, e.g. for nap time. The room was filled was bored toddlers in what seemed like a very empty classroom. I saw no Montessori resources. There was a large table with drawing equipment set out, and a teacher tucked away in the corner. When I asked about the lack of resources in the classroom I was told there were no Montessori resources for this age group - this statement is incorrect as there are in fact so many Montessori resources available for toddlers. The children seemed a bit upset and bored. They all wore shoes inside. And while I visited one toddler climbed up onto a chair and fell over head first off the side of it onto the line floor. The teacher didn't see or prevent this from happening. I felt extremely sorry for these infants, having to be stuck in an empty classroom waiting for a teacher to entertain them. I was told that alot of the activities they do at the centre are teacher initiated like dancing. When you have an empty classroom this is certainly not a child led focus. For the sleep room was shared with babies and toddlers. For the toddlers to be able to move up into the next class they had to be completely toilet trained and no longer taking day naps, I felt this was an unrealistic expectation. The next classroom was proper Montessori, fully resourced and the children were happy. It is such a shame that the toddler area is so under resourced compared with this room. Those children are missing out on so much learning and there is certainly no Montessori happening in that classroom, nor are the children getting ready to transition to the better classroom by practicing with resources for their age group.
Kayla Price likes: The bigger classroom
Kayla Price dislikes: The toddler area

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