health & safety
governance & state licensing
We take the safety of every child very seriously here at Hoboken Montessori School. By state law, HMS is the only Montessori school in Hoboken, required to obtain a childcare license in order to operate in the State of New Jersey. Our operations are inspected and monitored on a regular basis by the Department of Children and Families, and our license is reviewed and renewed every two years. Governance and oversight helps ensure all staff and school procedures consistently operate according to state laws.
What does this mean?
Random inspections occur frequently, often times 4-5 times per year. Representatives from the state monitor the following:
staffing ratios are adhered to
classroom enrollment and group size limited by age group
staff background checks prior to hire and re-checked every two years
staff education requirements for directors and head teachers
annual professional development hours requirement for all staff
written safety/security procedures
fire and lock down drills are routinely practiced
buildings inspected and repairs must be completed on a timely basis
first aid supplies & procedures
cleanliness (hand-washing procedures, food preparation, toileting etc)
radon and water testing
any factor that may cause a risk to a child’s health, safety or welfare is reviewed and any infractions must be remedied
Post inspection we are provided written reports and any infractions have to be remedied immediately.
safety & security
Our schools are equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance cameras in our classrooms, entrances/exits and surrounding areas.
double-entry security system, fingerprint technology
Ensures only authorized parents or guardians gain access to the school.
Equipped with perimeter fencing; specialized turf or padding; and cell communications
Fire and lock down drills are practiced regularly.
Safety procedures and drills are reviewed at weekly team meetings; all staff are CPR, First Aide, and AED trained and certified.
All staff members are finger printed and background checks are completed.
All visitors must have a picture ID’s and name tags issued upon entrance into the facility.