Early Learning

EARLY LEARNING

Embodying the Montessori philosophy, our Early Learning programs, Baby Steps and Toddlers, provide the ideal preparation for inquiring young minds and offer a unique opportunity for parents and children to learn together in a Montessori environment, guided and supported by a trained coordinator.

“Montessori is an education for independence; preparing not just for school, but for life.”  – Dr Montessori

The first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings. Dr Maria Montessori realised that it is during this period that children’s brains develop more rapidly than at any other time, and more learning takes place than at any other stage of development.

Recognising the importance of these formative years, we provide calm, nurturing and respectful environments designed specifically for children from eight months of age to 3 years that support the development of trust, autonomy, physical coordination and language acquisition.

Additionally, our Baby Steps and Toddlers programs provide support and guidance for families from a trained and experienced Montessori facilitator. These programs are an ideal first step into Montessori education and aim to support the child’s functional independence: the ability to do things for themselves.

Baby Steps

A class for parents/caregivers to learn with their child and gain an understanding of how a Montessori environment for children best supports their holistic learning needs. The class focuses on how to observe the child and how to offer appropriate activities. Baby Steps is designed for children from 8 to 24 months of age.

Our Baby Steps Program Offers You and Your Child

  • A safe, nurturing, respectful and enriching environment designed to meet the developmental needs of your child
  • A trained and experienced Montessori facilitator who will guide you to best support the changing needs of your child
  • Opportunities for your child to explore and discover with specialised Montessori activities designed to support optimum development
  • Opportunities for you to increase your understanding of Montessori education and learn how the philosophy can be incorporated into your child’s home life.

A Morning in Baby Steps

The morning begins at 10.30am when our Baby Steps Co-ordinator, welcomes children and their families to explore the classroom to see what activities are set up for the day. Each child chooses which piece of equipment they would like to use and sits with their parent / carer to complete their activity. Our Coordinator is on hand to offer suggestions to support each child’s development such as protecting concentration by not interrupting a child who is deep in thought.

Throughout the morning, children continue to select activities they would like to engage with. This may be a craft activity, some gross motor climbing, exploring the items on the investigation table or developing their fine motor skills through selected Montessori materials.

The opportunity to share a book or explore the resources in the room without the rush and usual distractions of daily life is a valuable time for both child and parent.

Children choose to eat their morning tea at any time during the morning. They develop their independence by accessing the tools they require to manage their own needs, such as a cup, plate and spoon. After they have eaten, the Co-ordinator and the child’s parent support them to tidy the snack table ready for the next person to use. The child washes their dishes and uses a small dustpan to sweep up any crumbs.

At 11.45am the bell rings and it is time for a short closing circle, giving children a signal that it will soon be time to go home. During the closing circle we sing some songs and rhymes and end with a familiar goodbye song that signifies the end of the session.

At 12pm a handshake and smile says goodbye and we look forward to seeing you again next week.

Baby Steps Session Times:

Wednesday 10.30am – 12.00pm

Toddlers

A class for parents/caregivers to learn with their child and gain an understanding of how a Montessori environment for children best supports their holistic learning needs. The class focuses on developing movement, language, and independence within a social context. Toddlers is designed for children from 24 to 36 months of age.

Our Toddlers Program Builds on the Foundation Provided by Baby Steps and Offers You and Your Child

  • A nurturing, respectful, enriching and joyful environment designed to meet the developmental needs of your child
  • A trained and experienced Montessori facilitator who will guide you to best support the evolving needs of your child
  • Opportunities for your child to explore and discover with specialised Montessori activities designed to refine the senses, promote language development and heighten spatial awareness
  • Opportunities for your child to work without interruption, increasing their ability to concentrate, building self-confidence and supporting the development of independence
  • Opportunities for you to increase your understanding of Montessori education and learn how the philosophy can be incorporated into your child’s home life.

A Morning in Toddlers

The morning begins at 9:15am when families arrive and pop a piece of fruit in the basket for everyone to share at morning tea. The toddler co-ordinator will lead everyone in a welcome circle. This is an opportunity to greet everyone and to introduce either a new concept or a new activity that is available today.

Children and their parents / carers are then free to move around the room, the outdoor veranda area or the preschool garden to explore their environment. The toddler co-ordinator will set up a range of activities that are designed to meet the developmental needs of the toddlers, including gross motor, fine motor, rich language materials and opportunities to learn through their senses. The co-ordinator is also on hand to support and advise parents on aspects of the Montessori approach that can be incorporated at home.

At 10.15am the children eat their morning tea together at toddlers. Children can serve themselves from the shared fruit platter and after they have eaten, the parent and toddler co-ordinator will encourage them to care for their environment. The child is able to access the tools they need to sweep up crumps or wipe any spills.

The bell is rung at 11am to indicate it is time for a short closing circle, giving the child an early introduction to a structured, teacher led experience. Circle time involves a story and some action songs or rhymes. We always finish with a familiar goodbye song to signify to the child that it is time to go home.

The morning ends at 11:15am as children gather their belongings and we all say goodbye to our friends.

Toddlers Session Times:

Tuesday 9.15am to 11.15am
Friday 9.15am to 11.15am

If you interested in a Montessori education for your child, we encourage you to book a tour.