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The Montessori program emphasises learning through the senses to encourage brain development and complements the early stages of development.

Through a structured and scientifically designed curriculum, the renowned Montessori approach encourages children to become aware of the importance of the contribution they make to the world through peace education, social responsibility and how to take care of and protect our world (eco friendly education).

The Montessori Method encourages freedom within boundaries and sets children up for success in making positive choices. Children have an innate desire for independence and a freedom to discover life on their own but need certain limitations to help them feel safe.

This is the premise that underpins the care your child will receive at Kotara Montessori.

“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

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. Following her studies in medicine she used her training in clinical and scientific observation to develop an approach to education that was to become known as the Montessori Method. In 1907 Dr Maria Montessori established a school in Rome for underprivileged children, known as the Casa Dei Bambini – “Children’s House.” In a short period of time this classroom became famous world-wide because these children, with so few prospects, very quickly became socially and intellectually independent, not through adult coercion, but through their own activity, interest and effort. The learning environment designed by Maria Montessori to enable these children to achieve their potential in such a joyful way was the culmination of years of study and innovation in the fields of medicine, psychology and anthropology.

Australian educators attended the first Montessori training course held in Rome in 1913 and returned to Australia to establish Montessori schools in several states. Today, Montessori schools and early childhood settings continue to flourish and grow, with over 22 000 schools worldwide.

Montessori education aims to provide children and young people, from birth to maturity, with learning environments designed to support the development of social, intellectual and ethical independence. Montessori education is often described as ‘education for life’. The foundation principle of the Montessori approach is that children learn best when they learn through their own freely chosen activity, enabling them to become self-confident, self-reliant and self-disciplined with a life long of learning. Children also develop the ability to move with coordination and precision, the ability to concentrate and to complete tasks independently. (Montessori National Curriculum Framework; Nov 2011).

The classrooms at Kotara Montessori provide The Prepared Environment, in which children are free to respond to their natural tendency to be active and productive.

We support and encourage a child’s intrinsic passion for learning by giving them opportunities for spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of our highly-educated and caring staff.

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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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