Montessori Kilbirnie

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Montessori from birth -

helping your child to reach their full potential

Montessori Kilbirnie is a home away from home for your child. A small house in a quiet street with secure grounds. We are in Vallance Street a quiet cul de sac off Kilbirnie Crescent, so our centre is well positioned for easy access to public transport and a quick trip to the city by car. We are also well placed to use the local recreation centre, library and park.

Our Vision

To build a Montessori community of teachers, parents and children who embody a life long love of learning, taking care of each other and our world.

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of freedom” Dr Maria Montessori

Young children absorb so effortlessly from their environment and have such a drive to learn, make connections and be independent.  We pride ourselves on our relationships with our children and families, allowing time for children to build their self esteem and confidence in our little Montessori house.  We see our children thrive when they are given responsibility, independence and support from our community.  Our teachers are dedicated, passionate and committed to making a difference in the lives of children and our families tell us that they feel this love in our centre.  The first six years are the most crucial in a child’s development, they are driven to learn and our Montessori curriculum provides everything a child needs to create a foundation for learning for life.

We invite all interested parents to visit our Montessori centre – simply give us a call on 387 1195 and we can arrange a time and day for one of our teachers to show you around.


Click here to read our philosophy

We have a Bronze Healthy Heart Award! Click here to read more.


Montessori Playgroup

Come and learn about Montessori philosophy and principles in a lovely, friendly environment with your child.    The space is prepared for children from 0 to 3 years allowing them to explore, make choices, gain confidence and independence.  Each Monday at Poneke Rugby Club between 9.30am and 11.30am. Give us a call for more information.


Ask us about our Be School Ready initiative


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.

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report.

Read our centre stories here:

Daily Yoga at Montessori Kilbirnie

Place based education at Montessori Kilbirnie


Chinese New Year at Montessori Kilbirnie

Parent Information evening at Montessori Kilbirnie

Montessori Kilbirnie visit Wharenui Te Papa

Montessori Kilbirnie in the Te Reo Parade

Montessori Kilbirnie SPCA cup cake day

BNZ help Montessori Kilbirnie

Parent Feedback:

‘Thank you so very much for the love, time and inspiration you have shared with our little family.  In all your care and challenging our daughter she has grown in confidence, personality and grace.  We will continue with the Montessori ways day to day.’

 ‘Thank you so much for the love, support and hard work you put into our child.  It’s been wonderful knowing he’s in the best, secure, loving place with you lovely people.’

 ‘Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care you have given our family over the past 5 years.  They are all the better for having been with you.  We adore your little house on Vallance Street and it’s a big part of the reason they are so confident and content today.’

 ‘Thank you so so much for being such a huge and special part of shaping our girls into the amazing little creatures that they are becoming.  You are all always amazing, patient beyond belief, caring, kind, exceptional teachers and taking such good care of the lucky children who spend their days with you.’