Selecting the right school environment and education philosophy is one of the most important decisions a parent can make for their child. At Tanglewood School, we assist parents every step of the way to help them make an informed and confident decision. Our admission process consists of the following steps:
School Tour/Open House
After your initial inquiry through our website, email, telephone or in-person, the next step for parents would be to attend an open house or schedule a tour of the school. This provides our parents with an opportunity to see our facility, meet our staff and learn about our programs.
Upon completion of a school tour, our School Director will provide prospective parents with a welcome package containing additional information our programs, policies, fees and enrolment.
Parents are welcome to schedule a classroom observation to see our program and teachers in action.
Enrolment & Wait List
Parents are also able to meet with the School Director who will be available to address any additional questions. Once a decision on enrolment has been made, the Director will inform parents on vacancies. Priority is given to current students and siblings of current students before it is given to new students. We are happy to admit students throughout the school year if space is available. If no class space is available, the parent may request to be added to our wait list for future vacancies.
Students are placed in classes based on a variety of factors including age, developmental abilities, and class vacancy. Students may move through the program during the year based on the criteria above.
Please contact us for an application package.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have some more questions? That's OK too! We're always happy to chat with you in person about any questions that you may have, but have also included a handy list of our most commonly asked questions below.
Does my child need to be potty trained in order to attend Tanglewood School?
This is a question we’ve been asked many times and the answer is: no. That being said, we often assist families with the potty training process when the child begins to show interest and is developmentally ready.
Is my child required to nap and where do rest times take place?
As parents, you will probably agree that it’s impossible to force a child to nap. We do, however provide a cozy and soothing environment with rest cots and sheets laundered regularly on site (children bring their own blankets and sleep toys) to encourage napping. We truly see the positive effects a nap has on a child’s day and adjust nap times to the age of a child, varying from one to two hours. Children choosing not to nap can enjoy a quiet relaxing time with their peers.
What is the difference between Montessori and Traditional Play Based Learning?
We’ve created a helpful infographic to answer this question!
What are your hours of operation?
We are open from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Our program hours are from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm daily. You’ll be happy to learn that we don’t have any additional charge for before and after school care to allow for the unpredictability of family life! You are welcome to use our extended school care when you need it.
What qualifications do your staff hold? Do they have any training in First Aid or CPR?
These are great questions! All of our staff have teaching qualifications, degrees, and diplomas from recognized educational institutions, such as colleges or universities. They have all undergone police background checks, including vulnerable sector screening. Each staff member also holds their certification in CPR and First Aid training and are recertified annually. To keep our teaching skills sharp, we participate in ongoing professional development by attending conferences, seminars, and other training. In other words, your children will be well taken care of.
Do you accommodate part time care?
We understand that each family has different needs and offer flexible scheduling where children can attend two, three, or five days each week.
What is your behavior management philosophy?
Below is a piece of our Behaviour Management Philosophy and Policy:
At Tanglewood School, we believe that the feelings and emotional well-being of every child are very important. We recognize that every child is unique with their own individual feelings, attitudes and desires and will therefore act differently in the same situation. We believe in using positive reinforcement in order to foster a positive self concept and self image of each child. It is our aim to provide a kind and understanding atmosphere that involves helping children develop self control and self direction skills. A balance of fairness, flexibility and firmness are necessary in achieving positive behavior management.
Children are disciplined in a positive manner at a level that is appropriate to their actions and their age/ developmental stage. Staff will discuss and explain the actions and discipline methods when appropriate.
- The teachers set clear limits for the children. The limits are consistent, relevant to the developmental stage of the child, and fair. Once stated, they must be followed through
- Expectations for a child are clearly and positively stated. It is our belief that having these clear expectations ensures that children feel secure in their environment
- The child is offered choices when he/ she needs to make a decision
- Different approaches will depend on different situations and different children, for example:
- Toddlers: The focus is on redirecting, feeling recognition, encouraging the use of language, labeling feelings, simple explanations of why certain behaviours are unacceptable, positive reinforcement of desired behaviours (verbal and nonverbal)
- Younger Casa: The focus is on allowing the children to problem solve for themselves and using lots of verbalization. Other techniques include redirection, acting as a mediator to help children resolve problems, explaining why behaviour is inappropriate, making a choice for the child and/or offering other choices/ alternatives, ignoring inappropriate behaviour (when possible), removing the child from the situation until he/she can interact appropriately and following up by discussing the problem with the child before he/she returns to the activity
- Older Casa: The focus is on self-control and self-direction. Our Staff use positive verbal and non-verbal reminders in regards to inappropriate behaviour, redirecting, acting as a mediator to help children solve their problems, verbal problem solving, peer mediation, offering choices and alternatives
Can you accommodate my child with allergies or dietary restrictions?
We sure can! We’re already a nut free facility (including tree nuts) and can work with our on-site chef to make an alternative meal plan to ensure that your child still receives healthy daily meals and snacks despite any restrictions.
What if your school is full when I inquire? Is there a waitlist?
If our school is full, as confirmed by our School Director, you will have the option of being placed on our waitlist and will be contacted when the next available spot opens up. A good place to start is our application process.
We know that each family has unique questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to help!
Make sure to plan a visit to Tanglewood School.
1072 Tanglewood Court, Oakville, Ontario L6L 5H7