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Nutrition

Food for Thought: Nutritious Lunches & Snacks

Your child’s body and mind need good fuel to grow and develop. A well-balanced diet can be a key component of your child’s success. With the help of a Registered Nutritionist, Queens Montessori has created a menu designed to meet your child’s nutritional needs and help them achieve their full potential.

Children at Queens Montessori are provided two snacks and one hot lunch every day. All of the food we serve is made in-house from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. We make seasonal modifications to our 4-week rotating menu so your child can enjoy good variety in their meals. We believe childhood eating habits set the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle in adulthood. Our menu reduces sugar and salt intake in an attempt to familiarize your child with positive food choices.

We understand the difficulties associated with special diets. If your child has special dietary restrictions due to medical or cultural reasons, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your family,

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.


What Sets Us Apart

Our centre’s curriculum is built on the Montessori method. Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, this method uses self-directed activity, collaborative play and hands-on learning to develop independent thinking, self-awareness, motivation and discipline. Children have a natural drive to learn through play. Our Montessori curriculum simply harnesses that drive to facilitate growth and development.

With a variety of certifications and a solid foundation of experience, our early childhood educators are well-equipped to facilitate your child’s learning in a safe and engaging environment. Our directresses are passionate about child care and the Montessori method. They apply our curriculum with a warm and supportive approach that allows each child to feel like Queens Montessori is their home-away-from-home.

Open communication between our staff and your family is crucial. We maintain an open-door policy, allowing you to meet with our directresses and discuss your child’s progress. In addition to open houses, report cards, parent interviews and other opportunities, our BrightPath Connect™ app ensures you’re always tuned-in to your child’s progress and development.

Food is vital to your child’s mental and physical development. We’ve collaborated with a registered nutritionist on our menu to ensure your child has all the fuel they need to learn and grow. We use fresh and local ingredients as much as possible when preparing your child’s lunch and snacks. All the food we offer is prepared in-house daily.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Our centre’s curriculum is built on the Montessori method. Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, this method uses self-directed activity, collaborative play and hands-on learning to develop independent thinking, self-awareness, motivation and discipline. Children have a natural drive to learn through play. Our Montessori curriculum simply harnesses that drive to facilitate growth and development.

  • With a variety of certifications and a solid foundation of experience, our early childhood educators are well-equipped to facilitate your child’s learning in a safe and engaging environment. Our directresses are passionate about child care and the Montessori method. They apply our curriculum with a warm and supportive approach that allows each child to feel like Queens Montessori is their home-away-from-home.

  • Open communication between our staff and your family is crucial. We maintain an open-door policy, allowing you to meet with our directresses and discuss your child’s progress. In addition to open houses, report cards, parent interviews and other opportunities, our BrightPath Connect™ app ensures you’re always tuned-in to your child’s progress and development.

  • Food is vital to your child’s mental and physical development. We’ve collaborated with a registered nutritionist on our menu to ensure your child has all the fuel they need to learn and grow. We use fresh and local ingredients as much as possible when preparing your child’s lunch and snacks. All the food we offer is prepared in-house daily.