Our Physical Environment

It is the environment that is inspiring and inviting to the children. From the moment you step inside our center, you will notice it is calm, orderly and visually attractive. It is filled with materials and activities that are real life, purposeful and engaging. Activities are displayed on open shelving easily accessible to the children. Our activities are specifically chosen and match the developmental stages of the children in our classes. We are proud of our exceptional indoor and outdoor spaces which are well integrated and available for class activities at all times.

Our Social Environment

We offer multi-age groupings for our children, similar to those in a typical family This enables our children to develop a sense of caring, social cohesion and responsibility for each other and their environment. Our age groupings include the following:

COMMUNITY
 AGE GROUPING
 CHILD:STAFF RATIO
 MAXIMUM 
Nido & Infant House
6 weeks to 2 years
 1 educator to every 4 children
8 per room
Toddler House 1 & 2
  15 months to 3 years 
  1 educator to every 5 children
  10 per room
Junior House 1 & 2
  15 months to 3 years
  1 educator to every 5 children 
  15 per room
Children's House 1 & 2
(KINDERGARTEN)
3 years to 6 years
   1 educator to every 11 children
  22 per room

Our Approach to Time

  

Our day is made up of large blocks of uninterrupted learning time both indoor and outdoor. This allows our children to follow their interests without being rushed and in so doing, lengthens their concentration span.


Each classroom from our infant communities to our cycle one classrooms establishes its own routine to best accommodate the needs of the children at both the individual and group levels. The routine aims to be highly flexible and evolves as the children progress with time and age. The routines are displayed for parents and visitors to view.


Our curriculum combines traditional Montessori Methodology, the Early Years Learning Framework, the Queensland Kindergarten Curriculum and the National Quality Framework.


Our Montessori philosophy is holistic. It invites the child to choose activities at his or her own pace. Our classrooms provide both active and quiet spaces for children to feel free to enjoy their learning experiences calmly and peacefully. The enormous range of equipment and materials allows each child to find activities to satisfy his or her own needs and interests.


Single tables are available, especially in the older work cycles, for such an environment allows the children to work and play uninterruptedly. A unique sense of order within all classrooms gives the children respect, structure, freedom and a sense of belonging.


The Montessori materials are specifically and scientifically designed to enhance the children’s discovery skills and concept development.