ERO has rated Montessori Flagstaff in the top 7% of NZ childcare centres providing positive learning outcomes for children
“Montessori is a great education for all children”
Consider Montessori, for busy independent children who are curious and creative, focused and self-directed, where children learn naturally.
What does Montessori method of education mean?
The essence of Montessori education is that every child is allowed to develop naturally at his or her own pace. Children choose from a wide range of self-educating and self-correcting activities, working with each for as long as he or she needs to.
“Learning how to learn is a preparation for life.”– Maria Montessori.
Maria Montessori recognized that children have a natural willingness to explore and that the best motivation for learning is self-motivation.
Our prepared environment caters for the need for each child and is designed to maximize independent learning. Our emphasis is on learning through self-discovery. Children will work at their own pace, choosing their activities, learning concentration, a sense of order in an atmosphere of peace, generosity, order and co-operation.
Our qualified staff, many of whom have Montessori qualifications as well as early childhood qualifications encourage children to develop independence, co-ordination and fine motor skills. Children also have a chance to develop their five senses using Montessori sensorial apparatus.
Children are introduced to mathematical concepts, reading and writing activities at an early age, if they are interested in these. They are also given an introduction to geography, history and science. We include art activities everyday to encourage the children to express themselves and to enhance their creativity.
Children are never forced to do anything, teachers simply guide them to something that will both stimulate and encourage them.
At Montessori Flagstaff we encourage children to socialize with their peers. Each day we have ‘circle time’ when we discuss the topic of the week. Children have a chance to do group activities like cooking, craft work, music and movement, and outdoor activities. Children have lots of ‘free time’ too.
Aims of Montessori Flagstaff:
- To provide a caring and stimulating environment for your child
- To encourage independence and confidence within your child
- To work collaboratively with families and whanau to gain knowledge of each individual child and their interests and experiences. We acknowledge that parents are the primary educators and we aim to work together to provide the best possible curriculum for every child
- To ensure that all children develop an understanding of how other people live and learn
- To use the Montessori method to encourage active learning and to ensure children learn at their own pace
- To follow the Early Childhood Curriculum to ensure that children are learning through a variety of planned and purposeful activities
- To encourage children to learn for themselves and to be able to make choices and decisions
- To ensure that your child feels safe and secure in our care and is confident to express their feelings and are also able to understand others
We have a Healthy Heart Award!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!
We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what your child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform wherever you are in the world to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.
“I wanted to pass on to Montessori @ Flagstaff what Ruben’s teacher mentioned to me on Friday when we met to discuss his learning progress since starting school 2 months ago. She pertinently pointed out that Ruben’s sound recognition is excellent and that it was obvious Montessori had done some excellent ground work in this area. This has also played an important role in his writing. During an assessment, he could come up with, and write up to 17 words (spelled correctly). I think this is just fantastic progress since starting school 2 months ago. It was wonderful to hear the positive feedback and we will forever be grateful for Montessori’s contribution to his learning and development.”