Why choose Montessori?

Montessori Logo WebChoosing an education for your child is one of the most important decisions you may make as a parent. Being informed about your choices helps you to make good decisions for your family, your child and their future.

Montessori is a philosophy. There is diversity within the Montessori community worldwide and each school is unique, reflecting its interpretation and practice of Montessori philosophy, the staff and parent-family community, the facilities and resources available and the vision of the centre or school.

Parents frequently ask: ‘So, how do I know it is really Montessori?’
What are the essential elements of Montessori education?
What should you be looking for when you are considering a Montessori education for your child?

Use the Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand Parent Guides to gain an understanding of Montessori and what your child can experience in a Montessori early childhood centre or school.

In the Parent Guides you will find essential elements of Montessori, what to look for in a Montessori classroom and suggested questions to ask when you are visiting a Montessori early childhood centre or school.

There are two Parent Guides – for Montessori early childhood (3-6 years) and Montessori primary (6-12 years).

Useful links
Parent guide 3-6

Take a glimpse into a 3-6 year old environment with children preparing morning tea and lunch for their friends: A day in the life of a Montessori community


Browse through a few Early Childhood options in Christchurch: Courtyard Montessori & Minerva House

Or see what Montessori options are available in your area, using the Parent Portal childcare search tool by clicking here


A big thank you to Cathy Wilson from (Montessori Aotearoa) for providing the article for the Parent Portal community.