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Montessori vs. Reggio Emilia preschools

Comparing Montessori and Reggio-inspired preschools and daycares

Below, we compare Montessori to Reggio Emilia-inspired preschools. To learn more about preschool and daycare programs in general, check out our introductory guide. Read more


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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence Ave./Bathurst St.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $18,376 to $21,870

Conveniently located in Midtown Toronto, our Junior and Elementary campuses are a popular choice for families seeking exceptional childcare and the very best Montessori education for their children.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Forest Hill Montessori School 18376 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $19,200 to $21,300

An authentic, CCMA accredited Montessori School located in downtown Toronto, offering programs for Toddlers, Casa and Elementary children.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Westside Montessori School 19200 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Queensway
  • NS to 1 Coed
  • $6,800 to $11,500

Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School in Mississauga offers Casa Montessori programs for children a ged 2.5 to 6. Before- and after-school care and summer camps also available.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Shepherd Montessori Private Catholic School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $7,650 to $12,650

Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program cater to children from 1.5 to 6 years old. Yip's four campuses are located in Markham, Unionville and Thornhill.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Yip’s Music & Montessori School 7650 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,600 to $22,000

Guidepost Montessori at Toronto is among a growing network of schools across the world. We serve children from infant to 12 and are located in Midtown, in proximity to many parks and sights for the children to explore.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Guidepost Montessori at Toronto 12600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $34,300

Bond Academy is a private, co-educational, non-denominational independent school with students from Montessori Casa to Grade 12.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Bond Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

TMS  

  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Bayview/Hwy 407
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $18,300 to $31,350

TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a unique design of Montessori and International Baccalaureate programmes. Our students thrive in academics while building a foundation of Significance.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
TMS 18300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Ave/Major Mackenzie Dr E
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $6,800 to $12,900

Royal Cachet Montessori School is a Montessori school that offers programs from nursery to grade three in Markham. Its average class size is five to 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Royal Cachet Montessori School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $18,000

Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Clanmore Montessori School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Alta Vista Drive/Industrial Road
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,864 to $21,384

OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment.

  • Day
  • Montessori
OMS Montessori 12864 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road/East of Erin Mills
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $18,500

Peel Montessori School offers an enriched, personalized program. Emphasis is on strong academics, and the development of personal excellence (leadership skills, creativity) in a supportive, family-like environment.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Peel Montessori Private School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Sheppard Avenue/Yonge Street
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $13,500 to $15,400

Pine Lake Montessori School pursues teaching with a one on one method that respects and nurtures children and allows them to achieve their fullest potential.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Pine Lake Montessori School 13500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Burlington, Ontario
    Walkers Line/Fairveiw Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,900 to $18,900

Ashwood Glen is located on a new purpose-built campus in Burlington, offering Pre-K– 8 education, and its Learning Program is based on the the IB framework, using the Ontario curriculum standards.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Ashwood Glen 9900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/Silverwood Ave.
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $16,550 to $26,800

Century Montessori Schools in Richmond Hill runs from preschool to grade twelve, with class sizes as low as 12 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Century Private School 16550 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $18,000 to $18,800

Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for children from 2.5-years to Grade 8. Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill 4 years in a row.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Richland Academy 18000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Kennedy Avenue/Highway 401
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,750 to $15,300

Ellington Montessori School offers small class sizes and individualized programs from pre-school to grade eight. Our holistic approach to education helps prepare students for success in today's rapidly changing world.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Ellington Montessori School 8750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Royal York Road/Dundas Street West
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,980 to $28,060

Kingsway College School offers programs for PK to grade 8 in Etobicoke. Its average class size is 17 to 21 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Kingsway College School 9980 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,440 to $14,250

The Montessori School of Calgary offers a preschool through Grade 6 program led by experienced guides and teachers who support each child with trust, respect, and proven academic success.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori School of Calgary 8440 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Oshawa, Ontario
    Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,500

Our schools offer a maximum class size of 16 students for ages 4 & up. Tours are offered daily and new students are welcome to visit for a day.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Stouffville, Ontario
    Ninth Line/Main Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,620 to $15,704

Toronto French Montessori offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in North York. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Toronto French Montessori 7620 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine/16th Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $1,100 to $1,200

Trinity Montessori School offers programs from toddler to grade six in Markham, Ontario. Its average class size is nine students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Trinity Montessori School 1100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Steeles Ave/Ontario St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,800 to $12,900

Housed in the elegant colonial mansion, Harrop House in the beautiful town of Milton, Ontario. Offering low teacher to child ratios with an emphasis on personal and social development of each child.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Silver Maple Montessori Private School 6800 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Lakeshore Road East/Bel Air Drive
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,800 to $21,250

Offering Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8, Dearcroft is accredited by CCMA and staffed by dedicated teachers.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Dearcroft Montessori School 8800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Thornbury, Ontario
  • PS to SK Coed
  • $6,000 to $9,000


  • Day
  • Montessori
Acorn Montessori 6000 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Nobleton, Ontario
    15th Sideroad/Hwy 27
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,000

For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Maple, Ontario
    Keele Street/Kirby Road
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $6,500 to $12,250

Shining Light Montessori is the community you've searched for -- where children feel comfortable, with teachers who care. Our children learn, build their confidence, reach their potential, & let their lights shine!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Shining Light Montessori School 6500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $9,120 to $15,744

Ellesmere Montessori School prepares children for a lifetime of creative and purposeful learning based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Ellesmere Montessori School 9120 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • St. Catharines, Ontario
    Edinburgh Dr/Scott Street
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $5,900 to $13,500

Wheatley School offers programs from nursery to grade eight in St. Catharines. Its average class size is 15 students.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
Wheatley School 5900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst/Sheppard
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $18,150

MJDS inspires a lifetime love for learning in a nurturing environment that fosters respect for oneself, the community and the world, guided by the shared values of Judaism and Montessori education.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori Jewish Day School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Unionville, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/16th Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $7,750 to $14,750

Unionville Montessori School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 to 22 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Unionville Montessori Private Schools 7750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Denison/Warden
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,500

Sunrise Montessori School in Markham offers both English and French Immersion programs from Infant (0 months) to Grade 8.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Pickering, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,000 to $13,000

Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a non denominational school that offers programs from Pre-school to Grade eight. We acknowledge and celebrate religious and cultural events as part of our cultural program.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton Ave E/Laird Dr
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $7,000 to $16,000

Maria Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school in Toronto that offers programs for children 18 months to twelve years.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Maria Montessori School 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Parkdale Ave/Sherwood Drive
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,000 to $17,550

The School offers authentic Montessori education, individualized learning, accommodations to meet each child’s needs, hands-on learning, enriched curriculum, and outdoor exploration.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Parkdale Montessori School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave W
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,050 to $17,990

Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA) teaches students to think critically and globally, in a community that builds self-esteem and life-long character. RHA is Toronto’s first Jewish school to be CAIS accredited.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Robbins Hebrew Academy 13050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Feltham/Tyndall
  • PS to 9 Coed
  • $1,600 to $6,250

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer Preschool to Grade Eight in 2017/2018, adding one grade per year through to Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen Street East/Lee Ave.
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $6,395 to $20,150

Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Avalon Children's Montessori School 6395 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    QEW/Southdown Road
  • NS to K Coed
  • $8,100 to $15,608

La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to following the Montessori philosophy and to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that fulfills a child's emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs.

  • Day
  • Montessori
La Villa Montessori School 8100 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,500 to $14,900

Northstar Montessori offers authentic Montessori programs from Toddler to Grade 8 in Mississauga. We pride ourselves on strong character development and supporting life long learners! Now, Swim program is now included.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Northstar Montessori Private School 9500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,700 to $17,500

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one - the period from birth to the age of six. Choose Central Montessori Schools.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori School – Maplehurst Campus 8700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    14th Ave/Kennedy
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $10,500 to $36,000

Trillium School is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Markham.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Montessori
Trillium School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $12,850 to $19,675

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 12850 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Fairview Drive/North Park Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,160

Braemar House School is a not-for-profit elementary school that proves each day that children thrive in a nurturing environment that offers personalized attention.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Braemar House School 13160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,950 to $13,500

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Hatch House Montessori School 9950 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bathurst St./Eglinton Ave. West
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,500 to $15,500

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  • Day
  • Montessori
Alive Montessori & Private School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Milton, Ontario
    Tremaine Road/Hwy 401
  • PS to 3 Coed
  • $8,160 to $13,600

Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus 8160 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $14,900 to $25,100

Bannockburn School leads in Montessori education by offering an exceptional, enriched Montessori curriculum in a nurturing environment carefully prepared to meet the needs of children in the formative years of childhood.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bannockburn 14900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $16,200

Aurora Montessori School offers a comprehensive, nurturing and enriched program for Toddler to Grade 8. Our enrolment of 375 day students has an average class size of 15 to 24.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
Aurora Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton/Caledonia
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $7,350 to $11,900

B.E.N. offers an engaging, caring learning community.Focus is on qualities and skills alongside Ontario Curriculum. Small class sizes, daily outdoor activities, art classes and workshop. Parenting workshops are offered.

  • Day
  • Progressive
B.E.N. School-House 7350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Brantford, Ontario
    Charlotte St/Chatham St
  • NS to SK Coed
  • $8,200 to $10,000

Located in Brantford, Ontario, Montessori House of Children (MHC) provides excellent programs for grades Nursery to 3 and helps young children reach their learning potential with both independent and self-directed learning. MHC also offers support for students with learning differences.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Montessori House of Children 8200 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Woodbine Av./Hwy 7
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $42,450

Since 2002, J. Addison has provided a stimulating education for students. Located at the corner of Woodbine and Valleywood Drive in Markham, ON, Canada, you will find our state-of-the-art 58,000 sq. ft. facility.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
J. Addison School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Major Mackenzie/Bayview Avenue
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $21,000 to $23,500

Richmond Hill Montessori Private School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 20 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Richmond Hill Montessori Private School 21000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Glen Erin/Dundas
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $15,000 to $17,000

Kaban Montessori School in west Mississauga/Erin Mills is a CCMA accredited school for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Come for a tour, you'll love it!

  • Day
  • Montessori
Kaban Montessori School 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Brampton, Ontario
    Torbram/Clark
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $13,921 to $19,988

Tall Pines School in Brampton provides enhanced Montessori and traditional classes from Infant to Grade Eight, is the longest accredited CCMA Montessori school in Canada, and is a leader in 21st Century education.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Tall Pines School 13921 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Bloor Street West/High Park
  • NS to PS Coed
  • $27,600

We take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy where each child is born creative, intuitive, resourceful, & has a strong potential for development from a very young age.Full-time care (7:30am-6pm). Tour anytime.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Atelier Kids Early Learning & Care 27600 Preschool Day Coed
  • Markham, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Steeles Avenue
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $7,050 to $17,450

Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers programs from pre-school to grade 12/University Prep and is located in Markham.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Town Centre Private Schools 7050 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    86th Avenue/156th Street
  • PS to K Coed
  • $2,500 to $4,000

Authentic Montessori Preschool. Students completing our 3 year program at The Maria Montessori School test extremely well. We balance academics, exploration and skills guided by your child's natural interests.

  • Day
  • Montessori
The Maria Montessori School 2500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    University Ave./Dundas street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,750 to $24,000

Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 13750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $6,700 to $16,800

Rotherglen School - MISSISSAUGA is a montessori school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 18 students.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Rotherglen School - Mississauga 6700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Lakeshore and/Kipling
  • NS to 3 Coed
  • $9,000 to $15,000

Vincent Massey supports students in reaching their individual potential through a balanced education; setting your child up for success in all avenues of life.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Vincent Massey Academy 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • NS to 5 Coed
  • $6,600 to $10,000

ABC Montessori is one of Mississauga's premier private schools. The school offers both Montessori and traditional school programs from preschool to Grade 5.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
ABC Montessori 6600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $8,900 to $19,900

Central Montessori Schools in Toronto offers instruction from nursery to grade six, with enrolment of 900 day students and tuition starting at $5,900.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Central Montessori Schools - York Mills 8900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Richmond Ave./Parliament St.
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $12,000 to $16,500

Liberty Prep offers programs from Toddler - Gr. 6 in downtown Toronto. Our environment combines a beautifully renovated building with well-trained and passionate teachers. Reach out to discover what we do differently.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Liberty Prep School 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed

Montessori preschools

Montessori preschools are child-focused. They put children front and centre.

On the Montessori approach, children have a unique learning path. This means that they should be given an opportunity to learn in their own way. They often choose their own tasks and work at their own pace.

In preschool (Montessori), kids sometimes work by themselves. Often, though, they work in groups. They work with other kids, and teachers only rarely intervene.

Montessori preschools, like all Montessori schools, have mixed-age classrooms. This makes for a lively learning environment, with lots of interaction, collaboration, and child-to-child teaching. 

Reggio Emilia preschools

Reggio preschools provide a supportive and caring learning environment. They have multi-age classrooms, in which children work and interact together. This makes for a dynamic setting.

Children have lots of freedom. Children can choose their own activities and tasks, based on their interests. They also pursue projects based on their unique passions, which they select with help from the teachers. This is referred to as a "co-constructed curriculum."

In Reggio preschools, like all Reggio schools, kids are encouraged to use many modes of expression and different kinds of media, such as painting, sculpting, and drama. This promotes open communication and creativity.

Reggio teachers document children's progress throughout the year. They also post their work all over the classroom, so that both kids and parents can see student progress.

Montessori vs. Reggio Emilia preschools

Main similarities

  • Child-centred: Both programs allow kids to play a central role in curriculum development.
     
  • ​Multi-age classrooms: Both programs have mixed-age classrooms, normally with 2- or 3-year age groupings.
     
  • Work: Both programs place a heavy emphasis on work and projects.

​Main differences

  • Play: Reggio Emilia has more play-based learning than Montessori. That said, some Montessori preschools don't discourage, and might even encourage, this kind of learning.
     
  • Art and creativity: Reggio Emilia focuses more on art and creativity than Montessori. 
     
  • Structured classroom: Montessori has a more structured classroom than Reggio Emilia. In Montessori, all materials belong in a specific place, and certain areas of the classroom are designated for specific tasks or activities.
     
  • Principles: Unlike Montessori, Reggio Emilia education isn't based on a unified set of principles. Instead, it’s based on certain values about how children best learn. 

To learn more about the similarities and differences between various types of preschools, read our comparison guides. In separate articles, we compare Montessori to Waldorf, Waldorf to Reggio Emiliaacademic to play-basedMontessori to play-based, and Montessori to academic preschools. If you want to compare specific schools one-to-one, visit our compare hub. You can also read our guide to preschool questions.

To learn about the similarities and differences between different types of schools in general (as opposed to preschools), read comparison guides. In separate articles, we compare Montessori to Waldorf, Waldorf to Reggio Emilia, and Montessori to Reggio Emilia schools.

 

Preschool questions (read our in-depth answers)

Answers to the question “What is the difference between Montessori and Reggio Emilia preschools?” from school officials

“Montessori is an integrated approach whose aim is to fulfill the needs of the whole child. Reggio is a project-based program, where the lessons are based on the interests of children.” Marcel Pereira, director of Century Private School, a Montessori school in Richmond HillOntario

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June 12, 2019
The Earlier Education Begins, the Better
Research shows the period when a child is five months to five years of age is a very critical time for early learning

May 30, 2019
Preschools in Canada
The benefits of attending preschool go much deeper than simply better school performance

May 30, 2019
What is a play-based preschool?
The main features and benefits of play-based preschools


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