Our Program

Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and independence.  In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the prepared environment offers freedom of movement and age-appropriate activities to guide the process. The prepared environment is designed with safety first. Within this space children have freedom to move, explore and work without hindrance of the adult. We deliver a program following The Montessori National Curriculum and The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).

Led by an experienced and warm educational team, we focus on creating playful learning experiences that allow children to engage thoughtfully and inquisitively with the ever-evolving world around them. The Guide meets the child where they are; individualised learning ensures that the work is hard enough for a challenge but not too difficult that the child loses confidence and motivation.

For teachers and parents alike, observing children in their environments is a highly valued practice. Observation is an essential tool, used by adults to follow the child. Observation is used to discover the child’s interests, needs, and abilities and then to adjust the child’s environment accordingly.

Nido Program 0-1 years

Nido means “nest” in Italian, capturing the idea of warmth and security.
In the Nido Program, children ages 0-1 have the opportunity to learn through movement, exploration, and interacting with their peers and carers throughout their developmental journey. To help the child reach their next milestones, the environment provides a safe place to develop : language,fine motor and gross motor, social, and emotional regulation skills.

Infant Program 1-2 years

The Infant program, children ages 1-2, is a caring environment, providing stimulating, hands-on and practical activities that develop independence skills while engaging with others.  The prepared environment helps to build the foundations of future learning by providing independence and opportunities to practise self-control, and concentration. The environment encourages curiosity and self discovery through freedom of movement. Sensorial learning is a key element to this environment and the children learn through hands-on learning and practical life experiences driven by their intrinsic need to explore and interact with the world around them.

Toddlers Program 2-3 years

The Toddler Program, children aged 2-3 get hands-on learning experiences that are active, self-paced, and based on real-life experiences. In preparation for the future, learning goals emphasise independence, social skills, and building confidence, which are the precursors to a  strong academic foundation. In addition, it is also important that children are developing self-discipline to successfully regulate their three most important biological needs; sleep, eating and toileting. Through practical life and manipulative work in the Toddler Program, children develop the skills needed for the transition to the Casa Program where they become more focused learners.

Casa Program 3-5 years

The 3-5 environment is called a Casa dei Bambini, or House of Children.
The prepared environment is set to be homelike, inviting, aesthetically pleasing and well organised so children come to learn skills that can be applied at home and in the wider community. The prepared environment creates opportunity for freedom of movement and choice. The program builds on the knowledge cultivated by previous programs and fosters confidence, independence, problem-solving abilities, creativity, and effectiveness in the real world. The Guide meets the child where they are; individualised learning ensures that the work is hard enough for a challenge but not too difficult that the child loses confidence and drive. The philosophy of Peace Education is very evident in the Casa Program. The Guide not only teaches Grace and Courtesy but led by example. It is in this space where children truly begin to realise that what they do matters and their choices can not only affect themselves but others in the community.

School Readiness

Children are equipped with the foundational knowledge and skills they need to transition confidently to any school setting. Students develop a positive and confident attitude toward school through their holistic engagement with the curriculum and practical school readiness skills. We believe that ‘real life’ experiences and hands-on learning best prepare children for the world in general, we also understand that mainstream learning has developed tools for efficiency. In this regard, we observe individual children’s interests, strengths and challenges and respectfully guide children’s acquisition of knowledge and skills through the use of Montessori materials and curriculum tailored to their needs ensuring children in our care are able to adapt well to whichever educational system they choose after their journey with us.