Attending a Montessori Pre-School is a preferred quality for children joining the primary class. However a child without such experience may be admitted. 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.
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


 Montessori Preschools


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