Under 3 Workshop for Kaiako (Teachers) and Parents

Supporting Freedom, Self Discipline and Language.

These workshops are for both kaiako and parents/whānau.

14-15 October, 2017

Day 1

This day will focus on providing understanding and skills to encourage positive behaviour in young children. Learn how to communicate with children to support and develop their self-discipline – how to talk so they will listen. Discover practical strategies to establish routines, set expectations and provide tamariki the freedom within boundaries necessary for them to thrive. Strive to be the best parent and educator you want to be by learning techniques to avoid negative behaviour, both in yourself and the children in your care. Support the natural development of the child by understanding the core tenants of Montessori for this age group:

  • Movement
  • Communication
  • Independence
  • Self-Discipline

Day 2

Montessori at Home

The morning session will provide an introduction to implementing some of Maria Montessori’s wonderful insights at home. You will learn the importance of simplification, fostering independence, practical life, slowing down and being patient, and why these are so important. We will discuss how to practically apply these principles through all of the stages from baby to pre-schooler in the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area and outdoors. This will include practical examples of equipment and how to use it in a ways parents can immediately apply.

Supporting Language Development

The afternoon session will focus on 0 to 3 years being the most important years for laying the foundation of exceptional language development. In this workshop we will discover a few key principles, often not very well understood, that can greatly assist this process. We will explore the importance of slowing down, and using a normal voice with rich vocabulary to talk about the real world. Most importantly, engaging in conversation – talking to, not at, reading with, not to, etc. will be discussed. The workshop will focus on practical application of these principles in various settings, discussing numerous everyday examples.

Time: 9-4 pm
Location: CCS Disability Action, 14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland.

Full registration: $540.
MANZ member schools staff and parents: $280.
MANZ Individual members: $400.

Registration includes morning and afternoon teas and lunch each day for the days registered to attend.


Ferne van Zyl holds an AMI Montessori Assistants to Infancy Diploma, and, in addition to her own 4 children, has fostered children, ran a home based family day care, and facilitated programs for babies and toddlers at church. She was the owner and operator of the Montessori centre Down Under 3 and has facilitated successful Faber and Mazlish parent workshops on “How to Talk so Kids will Listen” and “Siblings without Rivalry”, as well as her own “Toileting Independence” workshop. Ferne currently consults to parents, early childhood centres and schools and mentors with the “Strait Start” programs in the Torres Straits, as well as the Koolkan Early Childhood Centre in Aurukun, Cape York.