The 3 Year Cycle

Gatehouse Montessori ProgramsOur program is specifically designed to encompass a three-year cycle, which coincides with the crucial development of children aged 3-6.  This learning period has been recognized by educational experts as a critical stage in a child’s educational development.  Children begin our program at age three, progressing through specific milestones within the Montessori environment in preparation for their third and final year as kindergarten students.

Our Program

  • Morning Half Day Preschool Program

Gatehouse offers a morning preschool program, which runs from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am.

  • Afternoon Half Day Preschool Program

Based on demand Gatehouse will offer an afternoon preschool program, which runs from  Monday to Friday, 12:15 pm – 3:00 pm.

  • Extended Day Programs

The Extended Day Program is for 4 year olds and is a continuation of our morning program.  We offer you the following two choices.  Please note that the child brings the lunch to school. a) Monday to Friday, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm b) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

  • Full Day Kindergarten Program

The all-day Kindergarten (Third Year) program runs from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 3:00 Please note that the child brings the lunch to school.

  • French Program

Taught by a professional French-speaking teacher dedicated solely to teaching French – Preschool: once per week. – Kindergarten: twice per week.

  • Music Program

Taught by the classroom teachers throughout the week

  • Mandarin Program

Taught by a Mandarin speaking Montessori teacher to the Kindergarten once a week

Gradual Entry

Licensing requires that all children be toilet trained prior to entering our program. Starting preschool, or moving from one to another, can be a stressful event for children. At Gatehouse, we believe that a carefully planned gradual entry will assist your child to:

  • Feel comfortable at the school
  • Begin to build a trusting relationship with the staff
  • Experience a positive start at Gatehouse

Gradual Entry Steps: The child and parents are invited to come in to the classroom individually to meet the teachers before school officially begins.  The teacher will call you to set-up this visit. Our goal is to have the child attending regular hours as soon as he/she is able. Our gradual entry program is typically two to three days in length. On some occasions, depending on the individual child, gradual entry may need to be lengthened.

Gatehouse Montessori ProgramsExtended Day Program

Children who are 4 years old in September can register in our extended-day program.  After the regular pre-school session ends at 11:30, the children enjoy lunch time in the classroom, followed by a supervised playtime with their friends. From 1:00-3:00 students participate in a program which continues building their foundation through the use of the Montessori materials. Our pre-school students who are four years of age and demonstrate an ability and interest in having a longer day should participate in this program.  Parents can meet with the child’s teacher to assess the suitability of their child’s participation in this program. Parents can choose the five day or three (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) program.

Parent Observations

Parents will have an opportunity to observe in their child’s class in November and May. In the week following the observation, interviews with the teachers take place during the day when classes are cancelled. Child-minding is available.  Sign-up sheets will be posted outside each classroom door.


Gatehouse Montessori would like to acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia through their Direct Access Program Grants in support of our school.