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Nutrition

Vital Nutrition

Nutrition is essential to fuel optimal growth and development in order for kids to reach their full potential. Manotick Montessori has partnered with a Registered Nutritionist to ensure that all meals and snacks on our menu meet the highest nutritional value.

Our lunches and snacks are made from scratch, using fresh ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. Our menu rotates on a four-week basis and is modified seasonally to offer variety and balance. Our guidelines reduce the intake of sugar and salt as we believe that food choices during childhood lay the foundation for lifelong eating habits into adolescence and adulthood.

Manotick Montessori is completely nut-free and we work with families with children that have other food sensitivities and allergies to ensure the safety and well-being of the children in our centres.

If your child requires a special diet for cultural or medical reasons, we will do our best to accommodate and work with our families.

Our Registered Nutritionist

Nutrition expert Andrea Holwegner is the energetic founder and president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. Since 2000, she has counseled hundreds of individuals, including Olympic athletes, CEOs and families, on the benefits of healthy eating. Andrea spearheads a team of highly trained and experienced dietitians within her practice. She is also known as the “chocoholic nutritionist,” believing anyone can achieve health without guilt or complexity, and that the secret to success is having fun.

Andrea is one of a handful of Registered Dietitians in North America who are qualified professional speakers. She is a consultant on health trends and marketing to health-conscious consumers for the food, grocery and restaurant industry. She is a columnist for the Calgary Herald, and regular on- air expert for QR77 Radio, Global Calgary Morning News and CTV Morning News. She is a media representative for the Dietitians of Canada and member of the College of Dietitians of Alberta, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Restaurants Canada and the Canadian Obesity Network. Andrea is the recipient of an award by the Dietitians of Canada: The Speaking of Food & Healthy Living Award for Excellence in Consumer Education.


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What Sets Us Apart

Our Montessori curriculum is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Centred on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play, the Montessori method develops independent thinking, motivation, persistence and discipline by allowing children to respond to their natural drive to work and learn.

Our dedicated and passionate early childhood educators deliver an innovative, engaging and proven curriculum that ignites a love of learning and inspires and encourages individuality in every Manotick child. Their nurturing and attentive approach offers each child a home-away-from-home experience.

Two-way communication is important. Monthly newsletters, report cards, parent interviews, open houses and our proprietary app (BrightPath Connect™) are designed to increase the interaction between our centres and families.

Children need nutrition to grow in both mind and body. Believing that food choices throughout childhood fuel life long eating habits, our menu is crafted by a Registered Nutritionist, is prepared in-house daily and reflects those beliefs.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Our Montessori curriculum is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Centred on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play, the Montessori method develops independent thinking, motivation, persistence and discipline by allowing children to respond to their natural drive to work and learn.

  • Our dedicated and passionate early childhood educators deliver an innovative, engaging and proven curriculum that ignites a love of learning and inspires and encourages individuality in every Manotick child. Their nurturing and attentive approach offers each child a home-away-from-home experience.

  • Two-way communication is important. Monthly newsletters, report cards, parent interviews, open houses and our proprietary app (BrightPath Connect™) are designed to increase the interaction between our centres and families.

  • Children need nutrition to grow in both mind and body. Believing that food choices throughout childhood fuel life long eating habits, our menu is crafted by a Registered Nutritionist, is prepared in-house daily and reflects those beliefs.