City Heights Montessori

ECE Service Category: Childcare & Kindergarten Centres

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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
AGE RANGE: Licensed to care for children from 2 years of age
NUMBER OF CHILDREN: 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.
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WARNING: Don't worry - this service did not receive a licence downgrade for non-compliance with the Education (ECE) Regulations or licensing requirements last year or the year before.
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SERVICE LICENCE ID NUMBER: 80026
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Summary:
3.1 based on 2 reviews
Pricing
3.5/5
Support
3.0/5
Staffing
2.8/5
Environment
3.0/5
Very happy to have my child here
 (4.8/5)

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
Pricing
4.5/5
Support
4.5/5
Staffing
5.0/5
Environment
5.0/5
Would never send my child there...
 (1.4/5)

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
Pricing
2.5/5
Support
1.5/5
Staffing
0.5/5
Environment
1.0/5