Montessori Children’s House Auchenflower

Montessori Children's House children outdoors with native bee hive.

Montessori Children’s House in Auchenflower is prepared to provide a calm and inviting, home-like environment for children when they are away from their families. Housed in a historic building set on a hill, the centre features lovingly cared-for gardens and play spaces including the Secret Garden with native stingless bees.

Montessori Children's House child sitting at table with reading activity.

Montessori Children’s House Auchenflower Parent Fact Sheet

Education type: Kindergarten

Days and Hours of Operation: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday- Friday

Ages of care: 3 – 5 years

Food provided: No

Nappies provided: No

National Quality Standards (NQS) Rating: Exceeding national standards

Size: One group of 22 children

Point of difference: Montessori Children’s House’s goal is to nurture curiosity, creativity and imagination in children; to foster independence; and to build respect for others and the environment. The Children’s House offers a kindergarten and a playgroup where children learn through exploration and discovery; follow their interests and develop a lifelong love of learning.

Montessori Children's House Auchenflower children in garden picking frangipani flowers.

About Montessori Children’s House

The Montessori Children’s House is a single-unit Kindergarten facility in Auchenflower following the Montessori Method of education. In an atmosphere of cheerful orderliness, calmness and purposeful work, children are free to choose activities from practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and cultural materials. Independent effort is encouraged and protected, concentration is allowed to grow, and individuality is honoured.

Montessori Children's House child with teacher drawing.

The setting

At Montessori Children’s House, children can move freely throughout the rooms while using material from the five areas of the curriculum: practical life, sensorial, maths, language and culture.

During the year, children work through activities according to their ongoing interests and development.

The beautiful outdoor environment is an extension of the indoor program and includes a Secret Garden, climbing area, sandpit, garden shed and sustainability area. Children encounter birds, the centre’s hive of native bees, and butterflies as they discover the inter-relationship of plants and animals, as well as take responsibility for tending the gardens and caring for the plants and trees. Children engage in free play in the creative play spaces, providing opportunities for both social and physical activity.

Montessori Children's House children outdoors in sandpit.

The Montessori philosophy

The goal of Early Childhood education is to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn‘ – Dr Maria Montessori

At the Montessori Children’s House, (MCH), their community believes that childhood is a unique time of life, to be valued and enjoyed. They recognise that this is the time where foundations are laid for future health, learning, and wellbeing. They value children growing up with the understandings, skills, and dispositions to be caring people and effective leaders, able to contribute to their world and to enjoy rich and successful relationships with others.

Montessori Children’s House creates a home-like atmosphere where the children feel loved and nurtured. Staff welcome the children individually with genuine warmth as they transition into their care. By being interested and engaging, they build connections and feelings of safety with each child and their family. They carefully prepare the environment for the children to be successful and believe in the benefits of a 3-5 classroom and two years at the MCH.

Montessori Children's House children and teacher looking at photos.

Play-based kindergarten program

As Queensland’s only Montessori Community Kindergarten, Children’s House has the unique opportunity to provide a morning work cycle within a play-based kindergarten program. They believe play is the work of the child and call it so. They provide a child-led environment where each child is guided and supported by demonstrating the means of gaining knowledge holistically. They consider the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of development. They incorporate modern theorists with Dr Maria Montessori’s method, which aligns with the EYLF and QKLG.

Children’s House presents beautiful, inviting Montessori materials to develop concentration, persistence, coordination, orderliness, independence, creative self-expression, self-discipline, vocabulary through repetition, control of error, isolation of a quality and freedom of choice. Learning is largely active, often self-correcting, individually paced and unlimited in scope. Staff help children learn through their experiences by providing a sensorial hands-on education, for example, children gain a concrete exactness of a mathematical concept through holding the thousand cube. This program allows time for staff to be flexible to the needs of the children, to allow curiosity, creativity, and imagination. They observe and critically reflect to plan for the individual needs of each child as they recognise that children learn in different ways and at different paces.

Montessori Children's House children outdoors with teacher filling trough with water.

What families have to say…

The Montessori Children’s House is a Kindy that is second to none. The MCH environment seemingly gives the children a gift of time – time to play, time to learn and time to grow. All while being patiently and warmly cared for an guided by the excellent staff. 

Needless to say our daughter LOVES it, and has asked multiple times if she can go to Kindy everyday. Community spirit and support is actively fostered amongst the parents and staff. A diverse array of special events are often celebrated, be it a child’s birthday or a global day like the recent St Patrick’s day. A respect and understanding of the environment is also encouraged through recycling efforts, the worm farm, the bee hive, the fish tank and the secret garden.‘ – Steph and Evan

Our three children have attended both Montessori Infants’ House and Montessori Children’s House at Auchenflower. As parents we could not be happier with our involvement and interactions with the team of caring staff. But more importantly the children have loved every day of their growth and constant learning there. The facilities, grounds, staff and voluntary committees all combine to make for a fantastic child centred experience.‘ – Alan and Rachelle

 

Montessori Children’s House’s kindergarten program for children aged 3 to 5 years is run as a 2-day or 3-day program: 2 day, Monday & Tuesday | 2 day, Thursday & Friday | 3 day, Monday – Wednesday | 3 day, Wednesday – Friday.

The Montessori Infants’ House operates a playgroup for ages 0 to 3 years, daily from 8:30am to 10:30am.

Montessori Children’s House is located at 19 Wienholt Street, Auchenflower.

To arrange a kindergarten tour or a playgroup trial session, please visit www.montessori-auchenflower.com.au.

 

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One response to “Montessori Children’s House Auchenflower”

  1. Jane says:

    My son loved the Montessori playgroup and kindergarten in Auchenflower and he was so well prepared for school.

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