On Thursday 12 February Montessori Academy officially opened its newest childcare centre at 67 Norton Street Leichhardt.
The event was celebrated with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house which provided members of the local community with the opportunity to tour the facilities, meet the staff, and participate in a range of activities, including face painting and Italian Story Time with Co. As. It.
Montessori Academy’s General Manager of Centre Operations, Meray Parsons, served as a keynote speaker at the event, which was attended by Councillor Rochelle Porteous Mayor of Leichhardt, Councillor Vera-Anna Hannaford, and Managing Director of Co. As. It. Thomas Camporeale.
Meray Parsons said: “We feel especially privileged to be opening our 17th Montessori Academy childcare centre in the historic Casa d‘Italia building, as it has a long history of providing education and support to Italian Australians.
“As many of you would know Montessori is a philosophy of education that was founded by Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female doctor and psychiatrist. We are particularly proud to be continuing Maria Montessori’s legacy of education here in Sydney’s Little Italy,” she said.
Councillor Rochelle Porteous, Mayor of Leichhardt, officially opened the centre by cutting the ceremonial ribbon and cake with the Director of Montessori Academy, Colette Assaf, and the Managing Director of Co. As. It. Thomas Camporeale.
Official cutting of the cake by the Mayor of Leichhardt Rochelle Porteous, Director of Montessori Academy Colette Assaf, and Managing Director of Co. As. It. Thomas Camporeale.
The Mayor congratulated Montessori Academy on establishing an excellent educational facility that will cater to the growing need for high quality educational childcare in Sydney’s Inner West.
Montessori Academy’s Director, Colette Assaf, said: “We are excited to be bringing the Montessori philosophy of education to Leichhardt and look forward to establishing relationships with local families and becoming a part of this special community.
“This centre is a beautiful facility. I am sure the children will learn and thrive here under the guidance of our trained educators who are passionate about excellence in early childhood education,” Colette said.
Leichhardt Montessori Academy is a two level childcare campus with a total of six classrooms and three spacious outdoor playgrounds. Key features of the centre, include: engaging classrooms, authentic Montessori learning equipment, play-based learning materials, three sandpits, large outdoor natural areas and vertical gardens.
The Leichhardt centre provides a Montessori educational program that is tailored to the Early Years Learning Framework. The centre is open from 7:30am – 6:00pm and will provide high quality educational care for up to 90 children aged six weeks to six years.