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Coventry Hills Montessori Preschool Provider

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Fathima Toprawalla – Fathima graduated with a Teaching Diploma specific to Preschool and Kindergarten children (2.8-6 years) with the North American Montessori Centre in 2011.    She is a qualified Early Childhood Educator and an experienced Classroom Teaching Assistant.  She has worked with Thornhill Childcare Society as a Registered Dayhome Provider.   She continued to develop her skills by attending many childcare related workshops and courses. She is certified in Standard Child Care First Aid/CPR and has valid Police Clearance.  Fathima started her career as a Classroom Assistant after completing a one-year full-time Early Childhood Certificate in London, England in 1994. She also completed a one-year full-time Access to Teaching Certificate course in London, England in 1997.  Since then she has also worked for the YMCA Cambridge ON and YWCA Edmonton AB.  She has also worked for the Kitchener-Waterloo and Edmonton School Board.  In Calgary, she has gained valuable experience working in Kidsland and Playway Child Learning Centres and at Renfrew Educational Services.

Fathima realised there is a great need for providing Preschoolers with a foundation to succeed in their formal education. She guides the children so that they can flourish in basic literacy, numeracy, social and independence skills.  Many five-year-olds attend both Kindergarten at a local Elementary school and at Five Stars Montessori Preschool. This three-year span of education with a consistent teacher gives them a very strong start.

Her philosophy is encapsulated in the following quote:

“All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment but in the adult, they are destined to become. Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”  Dr.Maria Montessori

In November 2011 she worked with Adrian Buckley of Big Sky Permaculture to convert the lawn of her Country Hills backyard into a permaculture food forest combining her two passions of sustainable living and childhood development.  In May 2014 two classes of grade 4 students from Nose Creek School visited the Preschool backyard to plant sunflower and pea seeds as part of the Jane Goodall Foundation’s Roots and Shoots program.