Montessori Parent Guide: 3-6 Years

‘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 tamariki?

Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand has produced a Parent Guide to help you better understand Montessori education and to find answers to your questions about Montessori.

You can read your Parent Guide online or download a print version.

Your Parent Guide is in three sections

In each section we have identified the following:

Essential Elements … are provided to help you better understand what Montessori can offer your tamariki.
What it looks like … examples are given of how the essential element may ‘look’ in practice.
Questions to ask Montessori centre staff …. some questions that you could ask the Montessori early learning service kaiako (teachers) are provided.
Questions to ask yourself … by observing in a Montessori early learning service you can answer some of your own questions.

Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand recommends visiting more than one Montessori service.
Take time to observe the community of tamariki.
Visit the service more than once.
Deepen your understanding of what each Montessori early learning service has to offer your tamariki.

You could also visit other early learning services to understand how Montessori early learning communities offer a different experience for tamariki in the early childhood years.