Montessori Children’s House

3 – 6 year olds, 9:30-1:30pm Wednesdays, 8 weeks

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Our Montessori Children’s House program accepts enrolments for children whom are ready to enjoy increased independence in a community of peers, under the loving guidance of our Montessori Guides.

Our Montessori Children’s House is a specialist children’s program, and is not a child care service or school. Families may find our Children’s House program with it’s specific focus on holistic development to be a more suitable alternative to their children attending long days at a school or child care centre. 

Our program aim is primarily to develop the peacefulness of each child. The program allows the children to become the peaceful (confident, calm, and in control) beings they wish to be; ready to face the challenges ahead of them in any later school environment and throughout life! This is achieved through the child’s engagement in carefully planned activities from which they may choose, which develop their body, mind and soul (physical/motor, cognitive, and emotional) at their own pace. 

We live in such a busy world where children are pushed to begin formal learning so early, with a focus on academic and school-readiness skills, and long periods away from their home and family in child care centres and schools. We believe that it is more important for children to spend this special early phase of life, having a gentle introduction to education, through a program that focuses on the child’s well-being in a community environment. Our program may be a better alternative to school or child care for families who believe the same.

There are 3 core elements that create the right environment for peaceful development:

1 – Our guides are skilled in the use of the Montessori approach and have genuine passion and curiosity about understanding the early years of life. Educators in child care centres or schools may not have the deep understandings of how to support learning and development that comes with specialist Montessori qualifications. 

2 – Children are given uninterrupted time to concentrate and complete tasks and encouragement to choose from the activities they have been shown how to do. We do not impose short timeframes on groups of children to complete tasks or lessons all at the same time, as in non-Montessori programs. 

3 – The space is prepared with Montessori materials and experiences that the children are shown how to use at the time that individual children are ready and interested, and may then make choices from. These materials are designed to support the development of specific skills/concepts, so that children effectively teach themselves to master the skills they need. We do not teach or plan for the whole group without consideration of individual readiness or interest, as is common in non-Montessori programs.

The curriculum (experiences and materials that the children use) are planned sequentially to ensure that children are capable of gradual mastery. This is similar to a child attending swimming lessons who first learns to kick with a board, then learns to put their face in the water and blow bubbles, before adding strokes with their arms. In our program however instead of the child changing classes every time they master a set of skills, they remain in the familiar class but have expanded choices which match their new skills. In this way every child progresses at their own pace and can repeat anything they need to revisit at any time. They are also able to guide other children who join the program, reinforcing their own learning.

The curriculum is sequenced in the following way:

  • Children first entering the Children’s House develop practical life skills (care of self and others), sensorial (refining their senses), and grace and courtesy (getting along peacefully with others).
  • As children demonstrate they are developing these skills they may begin arts and science curriculum as they learn about the world around them.
  • Children will also enjoy a variety of mathematics and language experiences and materials when they are ready.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Can I drop my child off? Can I stay with my child? We provide parents the option for children to be dropped off or parents may stay in our parent and infant room if they prefer. It is important that parents are not in the Children’s House room during the sessions as it makes it easier for all children to develop responsibility and friendships within a community of peers, and form stronger bonds with our Guides without parents in the same space. If your child needs your extra support to settle into the program, we are happy to work with you on doing this in a way that allows them (and other children) to find their independence within the children’s community, whilst having your assistance with personal care or emotional regulation if needed. We have an infants room and an office which may be available for waiting parents to use.

How long should my child be in the Children’s House program for, should I use it to get him/her ready for school? As above, we don’t believe that ‘school readiness’ is appropriate in early childhood so that is not the aim of our program. We believe schools should be prepared for children when the children are ready, not the other way around.

The Children’s House is much more than a school readiness program, and does not simply prepare children for school. The program is recommended for children to attend for a 3 year cycle if possible, which gives the children the opportunity to get the most out of the sequential program, at their own pace. The Children’s House has been planned to support holistic development and encourage a sense of community, which is strengthened when children attend regularly over a long period of time. The children will have opportunities to be supported by other older children, consolidate their skills, and go on to support others as they master their own skills.

So can my child attend when they are kindy / pre-primary / year 1 age? Yes absolutely! Children between the ages 3-6 years are welcome to attend our Children’s House program at our community centre. Many of our families choose to homeschool which is a great compliment with our Children’s House program, and we are happy to support you to do so.

You may be aware that parents of children of compulsory school age (pre-primary and beyond) who wish to take overall responsibility for their child’s education rather than enrolling their child in a school full-time, may be required to register to homeschool their child with the Department of Education. Homeschool or school registration details are not a requirement of enrolment in our programs. If you are interested in homeschooling, you may wish to view these resources or have a chat with us at the centre. 

What is the class size? Our maximum class size at this time is 16 children with 2 staff. The children will be of mixed ages between 3-6 years. A small class size and familiar staff support strong relationships.

Does my child need to be toilet trained? Children attending do not need to be completely independent using a toilet, though it is a skill that most children enjoy gaining around the age of 3 years. We encourage all children attending our program to work towards this practical life skill in the ways they are ready for, and will work with each family to support this. Children will be shown how to clean up messes, and helped to do so if needed.

Can I claim government rebates? Government child care rebates do not apply to our services. Our aim is to develop the peaceful nature of children, not to provide long day care or K-6 schooling. We are a community centre offering a variety of services to children, parents and educators, and not a child care centre or school (which charge higher fees and offer rebates). Our programs are still taught by qualified educators and utilise the Montessori National Curriculum. Our fees are on par with average costs to families of alternative services which have differing aims.

Which days will my child attend? There is great benefit to children attending regularly, so we encourage you to enrol your child for at least 2-3 days of our program, and take advantage of the 10% discount available when payment is made in advance. This discount is also available for siblings enrolling in the same term.

What should my child bring each day? Please help your child pack a bag with:

  • a lunch box (one snack & one lunch item is plenty)
  • a piece of fruit to share (placed in the fruit bowl on arrival)
  • a broad-brimmed hat (and be wearing sun cream)
  • a spare changes of clothes (and be wearing clothes that can get messy)
  • 2 spare pull up nappies or underpants as needed
  • a wet bag (for soiled clothes)
  • a small blanket or comfort toy is welcome if needed

We happily offer our families a 10% discount off a second Children’s House enrolment in the same term when payment is made in advance. This may be used for a single child enrolling in both days, or siblings attending in the same term.

Enrolment may sometimes be accepted after the commencement of term, subject to availability. Please enquire and make payment at our centre. 

Please note:

All payments made are non-refundable due to change of circumstances or change of mind, and reflect your chosen commitment to the program. Funds are allocated to programs at the time of your enrolment.

If you are unsure about committing to the program, please visit one of our Open Mornings or choose a casual enrolment option if this is available.

Please be aware that full term and fortnightly paid enrolment options usually close one week prior to commencement of term and require an ongoing commitment to the full term (cannot be cancelled prior to the end of term). 

Sessions are not offered on public holidays.

Each child must be enrolled separately.

Your online payment and enrolment requires acceptance of our Terms of Service.