Children need a balanced and healthy diet to fuel the amazing rate of growth and development that occurs in early childhood.
Healthy eating in a child's early years can increase their cognitive development and ability to learn for years to come. Scotch Plains Montessori is dedicated to implementing nutritional values into the lives of the children and families in the communities we serve. We provide health means including breakfast, lunch, and snacks
At Scotch Plains children receive both loving care and a sound education.
We have trained early childhood teachers with expertise and experience. We will respect your role as a parent and work together with you in the care and education of your child. We will value your child as a unique individual to be nurtured, cared for, and respected at all times.
Keeping your child safe is our top priority. We work diligently to enforce and review the security procedures taking every step necessary to protect the safety and well-being of every child in our care.
Our high-quality playground equipment is safe, sturdy and tested monthly by our facilities technicians to ensure it is secure and in good working order. We have safe fall zones with soft landing areas if your child takes a tumble. All outside play areas are wrapped in secure fencing.
We clean our centers each day with safe, non-toxic cleaning products. Our floors are cleaned by certified cleaning vendors. Cleaning supplies are locked safely out of reach of children. While other child care providers clean toys each evening, Scotch Plains Montessori sanitizes toys throughout the day to help prevent the spread of germs.
We encourage children to wash their hands throughout the day by singing songs and teaching lessons about health and hygiene. Diapering is conducted in an area separate from children’s play areas.
We have strict policies for administering medication to your child to ensure they are protected. Based on new research about healthy practices for infants and toddlers, we require a doctor’s note for any medication, prescription or over the counter, given to a child under 2 years to ensure safety. Medications are stored securely out of the reach of children.
Our centers are secured so that only authorized staff and families may enter. Safe, secure perimeters ensure that children can enjoy outdoor play safely. We use safety gates, window guards (except fire escapes) and cap electrical outlets. Our centers include smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
We are serious about training for earthquakes, fires and lockdown situations. We have an emergency evacuation plan at each center. We don’t just have a plan, we regularly test and train so our people are ready.
All perishable food is refrigerated. Our menu is planned by a registered dietitian so your child eats nutritious foods. We welcome breastfeeding mothers, and we have careful policies for separating breast milk from formula.