The newly expanded Montessori Education Centre in Tamahere is opening its doors on Saturday to locals keen to see the centre’s latest development or to learn more about the education it offers.
The centre, on its Newell Rd site since 2006, recently opened a new classroom for three to six year old children to meet the growing demand for Montessori schooling in the Waikato.
Visitors will be welcome from 11am to 1.30pm on Saturday, March 12.
Seventy per cent of the children attending the centre hail from Tamahere while others come from as far away as Huntington and Whatawhata. It is licensed for 50, three- to six-year-old children and has plans to establish classes for children older than six years.
Catering for the older age group would provide an on-site passage to primary school and make the centre the first, private, full age-range, Montessori school in the Waikato.
New Zealand has 99 Montessori schools, part of the single, largest, educational philosophy in the world with 22,000 Montessori schools in more than 100 countries. The first Montessori school opened in Italy in 1907.
The programme at Tamahere has been designed to incorporate all aspects of a rich and traditional Montessori programme while offering all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum.
Children start Montessori at around three-years-old and the teaching method allows each child to progress as they are ready, following their needs and interests while fostering self confidence, personal creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The aim is to provide children with skills to support them through the whole of life.
Enrolments are open, and inquiries are encouraged for children from two-years-old as there is a waiting list.