Courtyard Montessori Preschool
About Courtyard Montessori Preschool
Courtyard Montessori Preschool was set up in 1980 by a group of parents and educationalists determined to bring the choice of a Montessori education to Christchurch families. Courtyard Montessori Preschool is an incorporated society, governed by a board of trustees made up of parents or caregivers of current pupils and the principal. The not-for-profit status means that all surpluses are invested back into the preschool, whether in improved classroom resources or in other areas identified by the principal, teaching team or board of trustees.
Our preschool expresses the fundamental beliefs, values and ideals by which Maria Montessori was a leading advocate and celebrates our philosophical identity and uniqueness, standing proud in the excellent service and education we provide to all our stakeholders.
Children are welcome to start at the preschool from the age of 2½ years when toilet training has been completed. In line with Montessori philosophy we encourage classes of mixed age (2½ -6 years) and gender so that children at all stages of development can work side by side in the same environment.
The preschool encourages parents to take an active part in the preschool throughout the year and runs parent education evenings, shared morning teas parent/child interviews and many social events that enhance closer relationships and develop a sense of community.
Children enjoy a wonderful outdoor environment established on a ¼ acre section, and actively participate in growing vegetables, weeding the garden, looking after our worm farm and composting.
Families, whanau and caregivers are encouraged to read the information pack in regard to the Montessori philosophy and specific information pertinent to the Courtyard Montessori Preschool and the implementation of Montessori philosophy into our daily programme and curriculum.
The second stage involves making an appointment with the principal to view the preschool and have any questions answered. Families, whanau and caregivers are encouraged to enrol their children at least 12 months prior to a child being of age to start.
A non-refundable enrolment fee of $25 is charged for administrative costs.