About Us

Northwest Montessori Preschool
 

Northwest Montessori Preschool was founded in 1981 and offers a comprehensive Montessori program for children aged 3-6 years of age from the Moonee Valley, Moreland & surrounding regions. As the first Montessori school in the region we are proud to have our program endorsed by the Montessori Australia Foundation, the governing body for Montessori in Australia.  We also meet the National Quality Standards set by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
We welcome children from all nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
The Preschool is guided by the philosophy of Maria Montessori (1870-1952), whose aim was to provide an environment to support the child’s natural potential and love of learning.  We aim to work in partnership with parents  to provide the best possible environment for children to grow and flourish.
After completion of the Preschool program children proceed to a variety of state and independent schools. 

 

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide an individualised learning environment, based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, that is designed to help students become independent, life-long learners who are academically grounded and socially confident about their place in the world giving them a great foundation for life
 
Our Approach
Our goal is to build an environment (curriculem, staff, facilities,  partnerships) that will help every student explore, communicate, work and perfect skills to their highest potential. We want each student to grow in self-esteem, well-grounded in academics and joyful about learning. Our Montessori trained educators and Early Childhood staff have extensive Montessori experience . They understand the importance of the child’s early years as being the foundation for the child’s future. Our classrooms are fully equipped with a complete set of Cycle 1 Montessori equipment & our natural, stimulating environment allows each child the freedom to develop and learn at their own pace.
 
At Northwest Montessori Preschool we believe:
 
All children need to be valued as individuals, within the context of their families and community
All children will develop confidence and positive self-esteem through a supportive and secure environment
Trust, respect and collaboration form the basis for strong partnerships between families and staff
Family involvement is vital to a high quality program
Children need opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills and work towards learning outcomes as expressed in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Developmental Framework (VEYLDF), in line with the Montessori Curriculum
Diversity should be respected and celebrated
Our staff are committed to working in the best interests of the children, families and preschool as a whole
In open communication, transparency and confidentiality at all times
In best practice, aspiring to become a centre of excellence for Montessori and Early Childhood education
In nurturing and establishing relationships within the wider community
That ongoing evaluation is essential to create a service that is responsive to the ever changing needs of children, families, staff and the community
Our environment encourages children to develop an appreciation for sustainable practices, respect for the natural environment and promotes children’s understanding of the responsibility to care for their our environment
 
Therefore, we:
Provide a holistic and inclusive approach to positively support children’s development
Encourage children to reach their full potential in accordance with their individual abilities
Are committed to open communication with families
Encourage families to engage in meaningful participation in the program
Implement flexible programs that cater for different teaching approaches and learning styles to benefit children
Ensure that reflective practice and observation of children form the basis of our program
Provide prepared indoor and outdoor environments to stimulate children’s development
Are committed to providing high quality ongoing professional development for staff
Participate in community events
Continuously evaluate our programs and centre’s goals
Encourage sustainable practices in our prepared environment

 

 

Policies

Policies have been developed to provide a framework for the Preschool to operate and procedures for dealing with issues that arise.

The Policy Handbook is available for inspection by parents and is located in the foyer of each campus. Particular policies can be emailed to current families of the Pre-School.

Due to the Preschool's commitment to improvement, policies and procedures are subject to review and subsequent changes.
Listed below are the current policies:
Behaviour Management Policy
Complaints Policy
Qualfied Staff Policy
Anaphylaxis Policy
Sun Protection Policy
Communications Policy
Emergency/Displan Policy
Relief/Emergency Teacher Policy
Enrolment Policy
Fees Policy
OH&S Policy
Asthma Policy
Nutrition Policy
Privacy Policy
Infectious Diseases Procedures
Educational/Recreational Program

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