Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) is a philosophy of education that is based on the research findings of Doctor Maria Montessori. It is founded on the observation that children have a natural love of learning that is driven by their desire to understand and explain the world around them. The purpose of Montessori education is to nurture each child’s developmental needs and interests and assist them in achieving their full potential.
The Montessori classroom doesn’t look or sound like a play-based classroom. Designed to encourage freedom of choice, independence and meaningful learning opportunities, students participate in a range of activities to support their development. Key differentiators of the Montessori classroom include the prepared environment, self-correcting materials, and the role of the teacher as skilled observer. Unlike play based early learning services, Montessori encourages children to learn at their own pace, follow their interests, and correct their own mistakes.
Children under the age of two have an amazing capacity to learn from the world around them. The LWM Infants Program has been specifically designed to assist young children’s development needs and interests. The most important things children learn in the LWM Infant Program are coordination of movement, strong social skills, the development of their vocabulary, and introductory mathematical concepts that prepared them for the Toddler and Preschool Program.
Every child takes a different amount of time to settle into a new childcare service. Some children settle the same day, whereas others can take more than one month. For children who attend three or more days per week, it is likely that they will settle sooner than children who attend less days. Our caring Centre Managers and team of educators will work with you to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Children who have had a sound Montessori education are independent, self-motivated and confident learners. These sounds learning skills enable children to adjust easily to new situations and environments, including the systemic school system. Graduating preschoolers generally transition to kindergarten with ease and are typically developmentally ahead of their peers.
Every child and every family’s needs are different. If possible, it is generally best to start an early education program between 6 months and 2 years. The first six years of a child’s life are crucial to the development of the child’s personality and intelligence.
LWM follows the ACECQA required ratios of :
1 educator – 4 children for children under two years,
1 educator – 5 children for children under three years,
1 educator – 11 children for students under six years.
The sensitive period for toileting occurs between 18 months – 3 years. We work with families to begin the toilet training journey when you feel your child is ready.
That means there is no ‘out of pocket’, or ‘gap fee’ for families to pay. The Government will determine the length of time that this funding arrangement will be in place. We will provide you with as much notice as possible when ‘free’ childcare is to cease.
The Government has indicated that childcare is for children of ‘essential workers’ and those families who are experiencing vulnerability.
LWM has been asked to priorities those who need their children cared for because they are working, including when they cannot care for their children safely at home. Other priorities include vulnerable children who need continuity of care, and those who have recently been taken out of childcare.
Yes, Nappies and food are included in the fees.
CCS Stands for Child Care Subsidy. This is government assistance to help parents with the cost of child care. For more information, please visit https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy
We care of children from 12 months to 6 years.
Yes, we provide nappies for babies and toddlers which are included in the fee.
we provide morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and sometimes breakfast and a late snack where required. A nutritious diet is vital for children’s development, so we make sure to provide meals that give children all the nutrients and energy they need. Children love to eat together, so the meal times at a centre are always fun!
Yes our service is classified as Centre Based Care, upon enrollment we will collect all the required details to enable the subsidy to offset your fees
Yes, please click “enrol now” button in our contact page which will take you to KidsSoft iParent portal to complete enrolment.
Absolutely! Our educators would be happy to show you around our early learning centres. You can book online or contact us via email to organise a tour.
Just find one of our friendly staff and they can welcome and show you around.
Your child is sure to have an exciting and fun-filled first day at Little Wonders Montessor! Our educators will go the extra length to make them feel at home, making sure they are included in group activities to get to know others. Depending on their age, they’ll get to do fun activities like paint, play pretends and dig in the sandpit. When you come to collect them, they’ll be asking when they can come back.
We’ve got you covered – literally! Our centre provides sunscreen and a hat
The Government recognises that staff and operating cost still need to be paid on these days and continue to pay the Government subsidy on all public holidays even though the centre may be closed on public holidays.
Yes, to attend childcare a child’s immunisation status must be up-to-date
The National Quality Framework (NQF) was the result of an agreement between all Australian State Governments to work together to provide better educational and developmental outcomes for children.
The NQF introduced a new quality standard in 2012 to improve education and care across long daycare, family daycare, preschool/kindergarten, and outside school hours care.
The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and sets a high, national benchmark for early childhood education and care.
The NQS brings together the 7 key quality areas that are important to outcomes for children:
Learn more on the ACECQA website
Meet the centre director and see how Little Wonders Montessori aims to guide your child along their early learning journey and encourage school readiness.