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.
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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