Courtyard Montessori Preschool
At the Courtyard we aim to awaken the child’s spirit by providing a dynamic link between the child and their environment. In order to achieve each child’s holistic development to the fullest, there must be a strong, trusting relationship between preschool, child, family/whanau and community.
The Montessori prepared environment allows the freedom for children to find their own great work, revealing their inner human potentialities. We endeavour to explore new ways of being with children that are based on collaboration, wonder and respect for what they bring.
The Courtyard Montessori Preschool embraces the Montessori Philosophy, which supports the creation of a luminous future for a new and peaceful humanity.
What makes us special?
The Courtyard Montessori Preschool is a not for profit community based preschool, governed by an elected Board of Trustees and managed by a Manager employed by the Board of Trustees. Our non-profit status means that all surpluses are invested back in to the preschool, whether in improved classroom resources, or in areas identified by the Manager, teaching team or Board of Trustees.
Our service is based on the Montessori philosophy and method of education. It is one of a child centred approach integrating our Montessori philosophy with Te Whaariki. The preschool is licensed for 57 children and offers both a session based and all day programme.
The preschool has two classrooms with a mixed age range. In line with our Montessori philosophy we encourage classes of mixed age, (2½-6) so that children of all stages of development can work side by side in the same environment. Children progress at their own individual rhythm and pace within our non-competitive environment, while values and respect for others is at the heart of our preschool and modelled daily in our Grace and Courtesies that are practiced in informal group situations.
Our Montessori philosophical approach is distinctive in so far as it provides a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years between 2½ and 6 when a child can absorb information from our enriched environment. There are periods of intense fascination that children go through for learning a particular skill and it is easier for a child to learn a particular skill during the corresponding sensitive period than at any other time. Thus, our environment and programme takes advantage of this fact by allowing the child the freedom to select individual activities, which correspond to their own periods of interest. Our environment is designed to put the child at ease by giving them freedom within an environment prepared with attractive materials within curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Maths, Language, Environmental and Art. Within any of these areas there are activities that vary from simple to complex so that each child can choose and work with activities in any area that fulfill their current interest and curiosity.