Choosing Montessori for Your Child

Choosing 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

  • How do I know it is really Montessori?
  • What are the essential elements of Montessori education?
  • What should I be looking for when I am considering a Montessori education for my child?

Montessori Parent Guides

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).

You can read the parent guides online or download a print version.