Children are welcome to start at the preschool from about the age of 2.3 years. When they are ready and spaces are available children are placed into the morning sessions in one of our two fully equipped Montessori classrooms. We maintain a ratio of 1:9 or less at all times.
We currently offer the following sessions (school term time only):
Four or Five Mornings (8.00am/8.30am/9.00am-12.00pm)
This programme is designed for children aged 2.6 to 6 years of age. It includes the challenging stimulation of Montessori education in a home-like comfortable environment. This multi‑age environment allows younger children the learning advantage of watching and working with older ones, while older students have an opportunity to be leaders and teachers. Offering four or five mornings is consistent with the Montessori philosophy. It creates consistency in the classroom and supports children developing routines and sense of wellbeing and belonging. By attending four or five mornings children develop social skills thereby creating a sense of community within the classrooms.
We offer the option of children staying for lunch until 1.00pm. Children booked until 1.00pm will enjoy the opportunity to sit with friends and enjoy a leisurely lunch within a social setting. Children will bring lunch from home.
Full Day Sessions (12.00pm/3.30pm/4.30pm/5.30pm)
(In Conjunction with Four or Five Morning Sessions)
Children over 4 years 2 months are required to attend a minimum of one Full Day until 3.30pm.
Children over 4 years 6 months are required to attend a minimum of two Full Days until 3.30pm.
Each child’s own personal programme continues during these sessions as well as a programme that extends the Montessori materials and the children’s experiences within a peer group situation when they are ready. This programme includes a variety of small group lesson extensions including: language, maths, science, geography, history, art, drama, outings, baking, and cultures of our world. There is a choice of attending Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Families are welcome to do a composition of afternoon sessions in conjunction with either four or five mornings.