Preschool

Our Montessori Preschool is a place where children (3 – 6 years) discover the joy of independent learning. The environment is specially prepared and organised with inviting activities and materials for them to choose and use at their own pace. They may work alone or with their friends, it is their choice. They may also choose where they work, moving freely around the room or outside.


The Preschool Program

Our Montessori Preschool is a place where children (3 – 6 years) discover the joy of independent learning. The environment is specially prepared and organised with inviting activities and materials for them to choose and use at their own pace. They may work alone or with their friends, it is their choice. They may also choose where they work, moving freely around the room or outside.

 The children use and learn from the world-famous Montessori equipment that has been developed and refined over many years. The final product is based on extensive scientific research and close observation of children and how they learn.  Each piece of equipment is designed to appeal to a child. They are beautifully made, mostly from wood but sometimes from metal, and either polished or brightly coloured to entice the child to touch, explore and experience. 

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We provide activities over a range of curriculum areas including: English, Mathematics, Science, Gardening, Art, Practical Life activities, Physical Education, Geography, Culture and Music. Teachers work one-on-one with the students, demonstrating how to use equipment when the child is developmentally ready to use it.

The teachers closely observe each child, carefully noting when the time is right for the child to be introduced to the next level of difficulty. Alternatively, if the child is struggling to master the task, the teacher creates another way to help them to understand.

 While a fundamental tenet of the Montessori philosophy is the child being allowed to follow their own interests, the environment is extensively prepared each day. Only one of each activity is available. This is to encourage the children to either work together or to patiently await their turn. The teacher carefully rotates the equipment, choosing what is made available each day.

This ensures that the children do not become bored. It is also because the equipment in each particular curriculum area is designed to be used by the child in a set sequence. Therefore, the child cannot miss any step of the learning process in the curriculum area and continues to learn independently and confidently.

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Similarly, while adults may use words like ‘equipment’,‘materials’ and ‘activities’, to the child they are ‘games’ and ’fun’. For example, a child uses different swatches of fabric to learn about touch and textures. Before using the fabrics, children are shown how to sensitize their fingers by dipping them in a bowl of warm water and drying them on a soft towel. They use two fingers of their dominant hand to trace over the textures with the lightest of touches. The fabric swatches exercise prepares children for work art and craft work. It is also an initial step in preparation for writing. Memory games can also be incorporated to imbed the knowledge. Beautiful fabrics are chosen that contrast in texture, weight and colour. They are stored in gorgeous boxes that children find irresistible.

 Montessori preschools are designed to provide children from the age of three the opportunity to access a rigorous academic curriculum, as well as guidance in social, emotional and co-curricular areas. In line with the National Quality Framework and the Early Learning Years Framework, we prepare confident, content, academically prepared children to love learning and school. 

 The preschool operates like a traditional Montessori preschool. 3 – 4 year old children attend each weekday morning. The 5 year old children attend a regular school day from 9am – 3pm, also accessing a full Kindergarten program, meeting the outcomes of the NSW Board of Studies Teacher Educational Standards (BOSTES) syllabuses.

Click the link below to download the Early Childhood Handbook

Sydney Montessori School Early Childhood Handbook