"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole
which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future".
Maria Montessori



Montessori @ Howick Primary welcomes applications from children attending a Montessori pre school in New Zealand or overseas. Transfer from another Montessori Primary school is also possible (subject to availability of class places).  Children commence at the school at age 6. Contact us for further information on the application process.  

It is important to place your child’s name on the waiting list as early as possible by completing the registration of interest form. Once you are on the waiting list we will keep in contact with you (mostly by email) and will send you copies of our newsletters and invitations to family and educational events, as well as a copy of our information and enrolment booklet.

Take time to read the information and enrolment booklet and ensure that you read the eligibility criteria for enrolment.  Then once you are ready to apply, complete the enrolment application form. Please take note of the enrolment timelines. Prior to the offer of a place, all prospective families are invited to meet with the Trust and Teachers and your child's readiness to move to primary will be reviewed by the Teachers at one or more school visits. Places in the Montessori unit are limited and applications will be considered on a fair and equitable basis.

Download more information on the application process


In order for the Trust to offer and maintain a quality Montessori education, parents pay a resources contribution of $846.00 per term per child (payable in advance by automatic payment). In addition to this a one off payment of $1150 is payable once a child has been accepted at the school.  A non refundable application fee of $50.00 is payable on lodgment of the enrolment application form to cover administration costs.  A bond equal to one term’s resources contribution is paid prior to the child’s first term which covers the child for their final term’s resource contribution.

The terms and conditions for all payments are set out in a contract for services which all parents must sign once their child has been offered a place at Montessori @ Howick Primary.  This contract clearly sets out parental obligations with regards to payments as well as other conditions of attendance at Montessori @ Howick Primary.

Download further information about payments and contributions.


We welcome you to visit Montessori @ Howick Primary at our open day (held in Terms 2), check out our calendar for the next scheduled open day.  Our open days are not only an opportunity to watch a class in action, but also a chance to talk to the teachers, parents and trustees.

To come and observe a class, please contact us to arrange a time to visit.  Only by watching the children learn will you get that “aha” moment of why a Montessori primary education is such a unique opportunity for your child.   Please download a copy of the observation guidelines which you will need to observe when you visit the class.

In addition once we have your details, we can start sending you our newsletters and details of Montessori events at our school. You are welcome to come to any of our family or educational events to meet and talk with other parents and to the trustees.


Attending a Montessori Pre-School is a pre requisite for joining the primary class. However a child without such experience may be admitted, but only after assessment by the Directress.  Pre schools prepare children for primary by teaching them to work independently and by encouraging them to care for the classroom environment. At Montessori pre schools children gain sensorial experience with Montessori materials and overall are familiar with the Montessori approach by the time that they start at Montessori @ Howick Primary. We have the right to vet any preschool to go on enrollment documents.

Montessori @ Howick Primary maintains contact with the local Montessori pre schools and, as required,  works with them in the transition of a child from pre school to primary school. Our teachers may also visit the local pre schools to talk to both pre school teachers and pre school parents.

Montessori defined the stages of child development (she called them planes of development) from 0 – 6,  6 -12 (and then 12 – 18 and 18 – 24).  She based this on scientific studies (still valid today) that a child’s physiological development reaches a new stage at these ages.   This is why Montessori primary schools start at age 6.  Socially and emotionally, as well as academically, the development of a child between 5 and 6 is significant.  Though many parents may feel that their children are “ready” for school, they come to realise that waiting until they are 6 allows the child to take advantage of leadership and other learning opportunities at pre school.  Both academically and socially the child makes much progress between age 5 and 6 (including consolidating their early learning by sharing it with other young children) - and they settle better into primary school as a result of this

Note. For details of 20 hours free early childhood education (ECE) for children up to the age of 6 - contact your Montessori pre school or The Ministry of Education


Enrolment at Howick Primary School
Children at the Montessori Unit are enrolled both with the Trust and with Howick Primary School.  A copy of the School’s Ministry of Education Enrolment Form will be sent to you. This is a triplicate form and therefore only available in hard copy. A copy is also available from the school office – to where the form should be returned.

  Starting School - a guide to Montessori @ Howick Primary.
You can download the guide - or one can be posted to you with your school starter pack.



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