Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you are interested in becoming a part of the GCA Montessori family, please use our form on our contact page to discuss current availability.

GCA Montessori is currently at full capacity, but we do keep a waitlist. We are optimistic about opening new spaces after September 2024.

Typically, the registration process for the waitlist is as follows:

  1. Book a tour
    • We encourage all parents to tour our facilities and get to meet the teachers prior to registering or getting on the waitlist so that they can determine whether GCA is the right fit for you and your child. 
  2. After determining this, you will be sent our registration package. You must fill out this package to proceed with registration.
  3. A non-refundable registration fee of $150 is required. This fee helps cover administrative costs and processing. Once a space becomes available, we will contact you to complete the enrollment.

    Please be assured that your child’s name will be placed on our waiting list, and we will keep you updated about any changes in availability

Yes. Please inform our Office Administrator what is best for your child in term of the gradual entry schedule.

Gradual entry has several goals:

  • That separation between the child and parent/guardian be gradual and positive
  • That parents/guardians and children are gradually introduced to becoming familiar with the routines, activities and philosophy of our school
  • That the child and teacher(s) develop a positive relationship.

Yes. The number to reach is 1-800-338-6622 option 1.

To get the application form for Subsidy or to get more information please go to:

Drop Off

  • GCA requests parents’ support for the teachers to run the program on time.
  • Your child would fully benefit from our learning opportunities by following our schedule.
  • Our program runs from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. We allow parents to bring their children at 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. However, we will close the door by 9:30 – 11:30 to run our early learning and Montessori program. We would like to minimize any interruption from the late drop-off.
  • Unless otherwise informed, we assume that your child is absent if your child does not come by 9:30. Please inform the teachers through himama or call 604-496-5115 the day before to arrange drop off after 11:30 if you are not able to bring your child before 9:30.

Pick Up

  • Pick up time is at 5:30 PM
  • We will request parents/guardians pick up their child(ren) if they show any symptoms of a fever or if anything is out of the ordinary.
  • GCA will release children only to those individuals identified in the Enrollment Form (Child’s Registration Form) by the parent/guardian(s). To release any child to any other person, a written prior consent form needs to be signed. At the first time pick up, the identified individual authorized by the parent/guardian(s) should show their ID to the teachers before the teachers release the child. Pl;ease read the GCA Policy Handbook for more detailed information.
  • Late Pick Up fees of $10.00 per family per occurrence will be charged if your child is not picked up within fifteen minutes after closing at 5:30 pm, every additional minute of late pickup will be charged at $1.00 per minute, payable to GCA within seven days. For example: If you come at 5:35 pm, the first 15 minutes late is $10. Then if you pick up after 5:45 pm, the extra minutes will be $1 every minute (e.g If you pick up your child at 5:47 pm, the charge will be $12)
  • GCA Montessori® fees are based on pro-rated over twelve months, therefore the fees include all Statutory Holidays and/or Gradual Entry and individual Holidays/Vacation.
  • Multi-Age Early Learning Program (run from 9:00 – 2:30 in Room #201B) is closed on Pro-D Days, Breaks at Surrey Public School thus the fees are also incorporated and therefore, no discounts will be considered.
  • Any vacations and/or holidays or other reasons that may be taken by the registrant/parents, will NOT qualify for any discounts and/or reduction in GCA Montessori® Program Fees, which terms are acknowledged herewith.

Please refer to our Closure dates listed at this website.

Please go to the section on the schedule for each program under the services tab.

Our Lunch is:

  • Plant-dominant

We lean heavily into vegetables to provide children with the most nutritional value possible. When we do use meat, it’s lean, local and sustainably raised.

  • Real Ingredients

Save the lab coats and beakers for science class! Our meals are made from scratch each morning and we steer clear of overly-processed foods.

  • Allergen free

Too often, children with dietary restrictions or sensitivities are relegated to a lesser version of the original.

Our menu is inclusive for all so children can enjoy our meals together.

Our teachers are certified in B.C. as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) after completing an early childhood education training program that is recognized by the ECE Registry.

·Staff will ensure that children are supervised, by a direct view, at all times by one or more educator(s), assistant(s), or responsible adult(s) and that staffing ratios specified by the CCLR are maintained at all times.

The ratio of 1 to 8 children for 3-5 years old group and multi age group, 1 to 4 children for Infant and Toddler group and 1 to 8 – 10 children for School Age.

The concept of discipline has to be established long before the children come to the day care. The focus should not be on the behaviour but on the relationship between the teacher and the child. The word “discipline” is derived from the Latin word “Discipulum” which means “pupil”. The child is the pupil whom the teacher guides and to whom s/he becomes the role model.

With upset toddlers or early learners, redirecting their emotions by offering a substitute toy or engaging them in some other activity may prevent inappropriate behaviours to escalate. It will help the child to develop impulse control and redirect the child to an area that assists them to “feel better”.

  • Holding the child should only be done for safety reasons to soothe them when a child is losing control and might become a safety hazard to themself or others.
  • Please read our Policy Handbook to get more detailed information on discipline
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