Montessori vs. Daycare: What's the difference mean for my child?
There are key differentiators between a Montessori preschool and a daycare center. Here are a few valuable points of note:
- Montessori preschools have trained and certified teachers. Daycare centers have minimal teacher training, qualifications or educational certifications.
- Montessori programs support a focus on child-led exploration that fosters the child's independence and self-discovery. Daycare programs are adult-set group activities, where instruction happens in a group setting, at a group pace, even when children move more slowly or more quickly then others.
- Montessori schools use specifically designed educational materials. Montessori materials are ingeniously designed to intrigue, challenge and promote education across a multitude of subjects. Daycare centers use toys with little educational value.
- Montessori preschools have better student to teacher ratios. Daycare centers are often over crowded and provide less individual attention for children.