Children are welcome to start at the preschool from 2.3 years of age depending on readiness and availability of a place. Readiness includes emotional as well as practical aspects. Parents and teachers together will ascertain the readiness of each individual child.
Your first step is to complete a Courtyard Application Form and return this, along with the $30 non-refundable Application Fee. The application can be made at any age. Once we receive this form we will write to acknowledge receipt.
Nearing your child’s start date, you will be contacted by the preschool to confirm dates for three orientation visits with a parent or caregiver. These orientation visits are held in the morning or afternoon during outside play time, depending on whether your child is to attend the morning or afternoon class. These visits enable the parent and child time to meet with teachers and settle into the environment.
The preschool offers the government funding initiative for Early Childhood Education of 20 Hours ECE for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.
The Courtyard Montessori Preschool charges an Optional Charge per session for families who take up the 20 Hours ECE programme at the preschool. This Optional Charge is to help cover services provided over and above what is required by Ministry of Education Regulations, including: annual school excursion (buses and entrance fees, depending on excursion), pottery, Playball, sunscreen lotion, Montessori didactic materials and Montessori teaching qualifications. We require the Optional Charge to be paid in order to provide this service.
Please phone the office for a copy of our fee schedule.