Welcome to Whanganui Montessori Preschool
At Whanganui Montessori Preschool we foster self-motivated learners who are confident and curious. We encourage our children to develop independently and holistically through individual and group learning.
We offer a preschool programme for children aged 2 1/2 to 6 years of age. Our authentic Montessori programme inspires their independence, confidence and creativity.
We are located in St Johns Hill, Whanganui. Our preschool has two beautiful, sunny, well stocked Montessori classrooms and an inviting outdoor classroom in our garden.
Whanganui Montessori Preschool is a community based ‘not for profit’ school and offers 20 hours ECE per week for your child.
What is Montessori
The Montessori movement takes its name from its founder, Dr Maria Montessori who began the first “casa dei bambini” or childrens house in Rome in 1907. Today Montessori is the single largest educational philosophy in the world with 22,000 Montessori schools in more than 100 countries on six continents.
The Montessori classroom is a thriving community of learners where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
The community of learners – infants, children or adolescents and their adult guides – learn from each other and because of each other, develop skills to cooperate with people of different ages, respect and celebrate each others efforts and take care of themselves, others and their environment.
Children have daily opportunities to learn and use practical life skills that enable the young child to develop concentration and prepare them for more focused work. The young child is provided with real implements and given real responsibilities in the care of the environment and care of themselves and others. If a Montessori child cooks – they cook food that can be shared with classmates. Flowers are arranged by the children to beautify the room, windows are cleaned, shoes polished, tables scrubbed, decks swept – all activities that young children relish, becoming competent develops a strong sense of self esteem.