The Northwest Montessori Preschool Program is available as a 2 or 3 year program, 5 days per week for children aged 3- 6. The Preschool is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. Specific session times depend on the classroom that your child is enrolled into.
Montessori Cycle 1 – Three Year Option (also known as Full Cycle 1)
This is the Montessori Cycle 1 Program, delivered over 3 years. This option tends to suit children who will be going to Primary School at age 6.
Montessori Cycle 1 – Two Year Option
This is the Montessori Cycle 1 Program, delivered over 2 years.
This option tends to suit children who will be going to Primary School at age 5.
Why 5 days a week?
In the Montessori approach to education, consistency is extremely important in developing the child’s sense of order and responsibility.
The International Montessori Council recently commented on why attending Montessori school a full 5 days per week is so important. We think their answer is worth noting:
“Often we are asked why, Montessori schools almost always ask children from age three to attend five-days a week. The answer is that young children thrive on consistency, and only regular attendance provide both the continuity that they need and helps to create the culture of empowerment and order that defines a true community of children.
“Children who come one day, miss the next, and then come again, commonly find it much more difficult to adapt to the class routine than children who attend five-days a week. For them, and for the others in the same class, the benefits of a Montessori program are reduced.
“As the months go by, the difference between the children whose attendance is consistent and those who come for two or three days a week becomes more pronounced. Full-time students normally make much more progress academically and socially in comparison with those children who attend a few days a week.
“While we recognise parents’ right to make such choices, the collective experience of excellent Montessori schools around the world leads us to recommend that Montessori schools offer only five-day programs from age three and beyond.”
Why a Three Year Commitment?
A three year commitment to Northwest Montessori Preschool is strongly encouraged to fully benefit from the program. The Cycle 1 program is designed as a three-year cycle. Much of the material and exercises in the first year or two not only help the child achieve a direct, immediate goal (such as dressing and cleaning after themselves, or learning the sounds of each letter of the alphabet), but also serve an indirect purpose of laying the foundation for future work and learning. For example, the math material is a series of exercises that guides the child starting with the most concrete and basic introduction to numbers and quantity. Over the following three years the lessons build upon themselves, adding layers of abstractness and an increasing understanding of mathematical concepts, until the child is eventually able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with a deeply ingrained understanding of what those operations mean using only pencil, paper, and his or her head.
There is also a social component. The mixed-age grouping is not accidental. Each child benefits from being exposed to those who are older, and younger, than they are. The younger children have role models to look up to from the very first day of class. They quickly learn how to behave and what is acceptable from watching the older children. They also see the older children working on the more advanced material, which piques their interest and curiosity. The older children, in turn, benefit from being mentors to the younger ones. One of the best ways to internalise knowledge is to explain it to others, and often an older child will help teach certain concepts to a younger child. The oldest children in the classroom naturally take on a position of leadership, which has been modelled for them by the children before them. This opportunity to lead can be a huge pay-off for many children and helps them build confidence and self-esteem.
The Northwest Montessori Preschool program is eligible for rebates under the Governments Child Care Subsidy.
If you & your child have previously received rebates through approved child care simply provide us with your subsidy rate (%) and eligible hours per fortnight and we can determine your out of pocket expenses.
If you haven’t previously received the rebate or don't have a Parent & Child CRN, you may still be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy. Simply contact Centrelink to find out if you are eligible for assistance, unfortunately we can not assist you with the actual assessment process.