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Kotara Montessori Children’s Centre is a truly unique environment where your child will develop positive and nurturing relationships with our Montessori trained educators. They will feel safe and secure, develop confidence, independence and resilience while developing friendships and learning new skills.

Over 2018 and 2019, our centre underwent an incredible transformation. After purchasing the land next door to extend the centre grounds, two knock-downs and two new builds were completed. We are proud to provide a meticulously designed purpose built Montessori space for the families of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Our centre flows around the beautiful natural outdoor environment. Classrooms are very open with an abundance of natural light. There is a seamless flow between the inside and outside, the colour palette is soothing.

The large verandas surrounding the classrooms extend our outdoor space to be an area that is functional all year round regardless of the weather. Your child will be able to feel the wind on their face, see the rustle of leaves in our matured gum trees and feel the warm sun on their bodies every day of the year. There is an abundance of natural shade and our playscape inspires creativity through the sandpit, tunnel and garden areas that also provide opportunities for a quiet space. Accessibility to a quality outside environment is an essential component of an authentic Montessori environment.

Children are encouraged to be responsible for their environment and are active participants in caring for our many plants, growing vegetables and flowers, maintaining our worm farm, feeding our birds, raking leaves and sorting our food waste so that our footprint on the environment is minimised.

We offer the first authentic under 3 years Montessori environment in the Hunter, aligned with Magda Gerber’s Educaring Approach, along with our two preschool rooms, catering for children aged 3-5 years.

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

– Maria Montessori

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Hear From Our Parents

Montessori has been such a wonderful experience for my son. They are very supportive and think outside the square. There is so much learning and instilling independence.
Such an amazing centre. All the staff are amazing. Such a welcoming environment. Lorcan has come leaps and bounds ahead in so many areas since starting here. So glad we chose Kotara Montessori to give Lorcan the best start
Kotara Montessori staff have a kind and caring nature and are very considered in the way they work with the children. We especially appreciate how they support our child’s emotional wellbeing.
We’re so happy with Kotara Montessori. Alessandro has settled in so quickly and all the educators are lovely and make him feel welcome every week.
The staff are lovely and caring and The classrooms are neat and tidy and have well cared for Montessori materials, a great example of how Montessori can be incorporated into a day care setting.
Kotara Montessori has provided a nurturing, gentle and supportive environment in which my children have thrived both socially and emotionally.

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