Philosophy

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Our Mission

Montessori Children’s Centre is dedicated to providing inspiring learning environments based on the Montessori philosophy and principles of learning which encourage independence, develop confidence and respect while guiding and nurturing each child’s individual development.

  • We acknowledge and honour the sense of belonging to the family children from all cultures bring to their pre-school experience and nurture and develop this sense of belonging to embrace the children’s pre-school and wider social community.
  • We recognise that children come to us with individual strengths, capabilities, learning styles and interests and build on these by developing collaborative learning environments.
  • We create prepared inside and outside learning environments where children freely explore their natural sense of wonder and choose their own work with enthusiasm and interest.
  • We respect children’s individual emergent skills by providing them with opportunities which allow for autonomous learning.
  • We provide an environment and guidance which encourages the children’s development of kindness, courtesy and self-discipline.

Montessori Children’s Centre embraces a community of children, families and early childhood educators who work together to build and maintain a culture of caring where respect, integrity and tolerance are created and nourished.

 

Guiding Principles

The Montessori Method of Education underpins the policies, procedures and practices of all aspects of our work with young children at Montessori Children’s Centre.

The Montessori Method Of Education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 –1952)

The Montessori methodology has long enjoyed worldwide acceptance as a respected alternative educational approach.

In December 2011, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) recognised the Montessori National Curriculum as an alternative national curriculum framework to be included on ACARA’s Recognition Register.

The Montessori Method of Education provides an educational framework for children from pre-school to university age with principles and practice guidelines for educational environments for the four planes of development Dr. Montessori identified children pass through on their journey to adulthood.

The Montessori approach is supported by three distinct components.

  • A Philosophy Of Education
  • A Methodology To Guide Educators
  • A Set Of Materials To Support The Translation Of The Theory Into Practice

At Montessori Children’s Centre educators follow the principles and practices Montessori developed for Plane 1 of development and use the many different Montessori materials which correspond to this age group to provide inspirational environments for young children. They see education as an “aid to life” as the natural development and interests of each child informs their interactions with young children.

The Early Years Learning Framework educational principles of Being, Belonging and Becoming are embedded in the practice of all educators at our Centre as holistic environments are prepared for, and professional practice reflected upon, in collaborative partnerships with families and children.

Montessori Children’s Centre is committed to honouring and respecting the cultural diversity of all the families in the service.

The Montessori methodology is well documented and supported by scientific research which has validated the insights made by this remarkable woman over a century ago.

‘The child is both the hope and promise of mankind.’

References: The Montessori Method. M. Montessori (1912)

Montessori Australia Foundation http://montessori.org.au/montessori/approach.htm