Montessori Otumoetai

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Sessions for 2 - 6 year olds

ERO has rated Montessori Otumoetai in the top 7% of NZ childcare centres providing positive learning outcomes for children

Montessori Otumoetai is nestled on a quiet suburban road and is a ‘destination’ centre for those interested in the Montessori Philosophy. We are licensed for 30 children from two to six years of age. Our teaching team consists of three Early Childhood Education (ECE) trained teachers, of which two are qualified Montessori teachers and one in-training for her Montessori Diploma.

We provide a strong Montessori teaching method which means our children become independent and active learners who are able to make choices and follow their own interests within the Montessori environment.

Our families come from a variety of areas within the Tauranga area from Welcome Bay on the south side of Tauranga to Te Puna on the rural edge of the northern area of Tauranga. Our centre is situated close to the Montessori Unit at Bellevue Primary school which makes the transition to school an easy and enjoyable process for our children.

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At Montessori Otumoetai we offer:

Academic Preparation

Montessori prepares children both for higher education and for life. On an academic level, Montessori helps children attain skills that allow them to become independently functioning adults and lifelong learners.

Internalised ground rules and the ability to work with external authority

Montessori students are normally comfortable with ground rules that set the boundaries for their interactions within the school community. Because these ground rules are internalised, Montessori students normally learn to behave appropriately whether or not teachers are present.

Social Responsibility

Montessori children tend to be quite sensitive to rights and needs of others. They tend to make a positive contribution to their community.


Montessori students tend to become self-directed, composed and morally independent. Confidence and Competence Montessori students normally become competent, self-reflective and thereby successful. They are generally not afraid of failure and learn from mistakes.

Creativity and Originality of Thought

Montessori students normally become confident in expressing their own ideas and creativity. They recognise the value of their own work, respect the creative process of others, and are willing to share their ideas, regardless of the risk of rejection. Montessori students tend to take great satisfaction in self-expression.

Spiritual Awareness

Montessori students are often exceptionally passionate, empathetic and sensitive to the natural world and the human condition.

Click here to read about our Montessori philosophy.

Click here to read our centre’s ERO report

Our Centre Stories:

All Blacks Pride At Montessori Otumoetai

From Seed to Table at Montessori Otumoetai

Montessori Otumoetai celebrate Chinese New Year

Winter crop harvested at Montessori Otumoetai

Diwali at Montessori Otumoetai

Metamorphosis at Montessori Otumoetai

Celebrating Chilean Independence Day at Montessori Otumoetai

Daffodil Day at Montessori Otumoetai

Chinese New Year Celebrations at Montessori Otumoetai

Montessori Otumoetai celebrate Matariki

Bike Day At Montessori Otumoetai


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.

Web Healthy Heart

We have a Gold Healthy Heart Award!
For more information on the Healthy Heart Programme, click here!


The SunSmart Centre Accreditation programme provides Cancer Society approved guidelines on how to make centres a safe place for children and the centre’s community.

Being a SunSmart accredited centre shows that our centres:

  • are committed to protecting children, staff and parents from the risks of UV radiation
  • are raising awareness about the importance of skin protection among parents and children
  • promote the centres within the community as one that is committed to the health of its children
  • have a sun protection policy that follows the Cancer Society minimum criteria
  • promote and support positive sun protection behaviours such as hat wearing
  • are developing and maintaining a sunsafe environment