Courtenay Location

The purpose of Inner Smile Montessori is to support children in developing their independence, creative expression, and understanding of the world by providing a safe, loving, joyful and inspiring space for them to learn in.

Inner Smile Montessori is a childcare center for parents who are seeking licensed, top-quality care in a creative, loving, homelike environment. It is the ideal center for families seeking ‘life-readiness’ and social/emotional development alongside hands-on Montessori academics, free play and a nature-based program every morning.”

Weekdays: 8-5pm

Weekends and SD 71 school holidays: 9-4:30

2-6 years old (weekdays)

1-9 years old (weekends)

(Weekend care available on request)

Weekday care at Inner Smile Courtenay is usually wait listed for 6-12 months, please send a message if you’d like to join the wait list.

Daycare – Your Child Deserves the Best

Inner smile Montessori is guided by a respectful Montessori philosophy. Our long-term goal is to give children the tools to create a better and brighter world. We provide loving, intentional, supportive care and seek to be a welcoming and helpful part of the community. We believe that children learn best through experiences that interest them, and that in a prepared environment they will choose activities best suited their developmental needs.

We encourage children to creatively explore, and know that they’re being respected as equal individuals with their own preferences, personalities and perspectives.

We strongly encourage social/emotional learning, healthy lifestyles, healthy eating habits, and connection to nature and the outdoors.

Daytime Care Schedule

Our schedule is flexible and generally follows this outline:

8 – 9:30 Montessori time then free play
9:30 Morning snack
Circle time
10:30-11:30 Outdoor play
11:30 – 12 Lunch
12 – 1 Rest time
1 – 2:30 Montessori time then free play
2:30 Afternoon snack
 3 Outdoor time
4 Free play or art
Goodbye circle
5 Home time

Montessori activities

Our program is guided by a Montessori philosophy. Each day we spend 1-2 hours working with Montessori activities doing hands-on learning about self-care, practical skills, math, English, science, and development of the 5 senses.

Free play and Art

There’s always time for play! Free play is when we dive deeply into learning about relationships, practicing social skills and growing in emotional intelligence.

Outdoors everyday!

We’re outside for 1-3 hours everyday in the sun, rain, snow or mud. We dress for the weather and play hard!

Our Team in Courtenay

Natasha Robson - ECE

Natasha Robson - ECE

Natasha Robson has been teaching at Inner Smile Courtenay since February 2017. Previously she ran her own in-home center, Sweet n' Silly Daycare for 10 years. She completed her ECE in 2011 and is currently the vice-president of the Comox Valley Montessori Society.