Orientation Sessions

Orientation sessions provide children and their families with the opportunity to gradually transition to the Montessori environment. Children will participate in the Montessori work cycle and outdoor play so that they become familiar with their new routine, educators, friends, the Montessori materials, and the layout of the centre.

What to Expect at Orientation

Attending an orientation session is an important part of making a successful transition to a Montessori Academy childcare centre.

Orientations provide families with an opportunity to support their child during their initial introduction to the Montessori environment.

Sessions typically run for 1-2 hours and provide new children with an introduction to the centre’s facilities, the daily routine, the Montessori learning environment, their classmates, and their educators.

The purpose of the orientation session is to help children transition to their new learning environment and support their sense of belonging as they are welcomed into a new Montessori learning community.

Families stay with their children during the orientation session. You will receive your Parent Handbook, access cards, a checklist of what to bring on your child’s first day, the centre’s direct phone number, and information about how to sign your child in and out. 

At the end of your orientation session, we’ll ask you to complete a survey. Please take a moment to tell us how we’ve done. We’re always looking for ways to improve and better serve the needs of our families.

Benefits of Attending an Orientation Session

  • Familiarise your child with the centre’s facilities, their locker, and where to store their personal belongings
  • Begin fostering friendships and social interactions with their peers
  • Introduce children to their educators
  • Allow your child to explore the prepared environment
  • Introduce the Montessori materials and how they work
  • Familiarise your child with the daily routine so they know what to expect

Montessori Materials for Infants

Montessori Infant Program Imbucare Box Disc

Imbucare Box

Imbucare Boxes help children recognise two shapes in the same size. It supports the development of visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, and introduces the concept of object permanence.

Montessori Infant Program 3 Shape Puzzle

Three Shapes Puzzle

The Three Shapes Puzzle introduces the circle, triangle and square as well as the primary colours. It assist in the development of visual discrimination, the pincer grip, and fine motor skills.

Montessori Infant Program Dressing Frames

Dressing Frames

The Dressing Frames teach children how to dress themselves through mastering different clothing fasteners such as zips, buttons, press studs and laces. They also support the development of fine motor skills.

Coloured Discs on a Dowel

The Coloured Discs on a Dowel introduces infants to discs that vary in size and colour. This materials helps develop visual discrimination, a sense of order, and introduces simple counting.

Montessori Education Program Progression

Toddler Program 2-3

The Montessori Toddler Program provides hands-on learning experiences that build children’s independence and competence while developing their intelligence and real-life skills.

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Preschool Program 3-6

The Montessori Preschool Program provides children with the opportunity to direct their own learning. It focuses on developing student’s socio-emotional and intellectual growth.

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School Readiness Final Year

Montessori Academy’s School Readiness Progress is focused on providing children with the knowledge, tools and skills to succeed in school during their final preschool year.

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Useful Information for Families

See the below resources for help on applying for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), locating your child's AIR Immunisation History Statement, information about our daily routines, menus for catered and non-catered childcare centres, and useful tips to support your child's transition to a Montessori Academy childcare centre.

Applying for the Child Care Subsidy

Learn about how to apply for the Child Care Subsidy.

Locate Your Child's Immunisation History Statement

Learn how to find your child's AIR Immunisation History Statement.

Daily Routines

Learn about the structure of our day for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children.

Sample Food Menu

View a sample menu for our catered and non-catered centres. All Montessori Academy childcare centres are nut-free and allergy aware.

Preparing for the First Day

Read our top tips for preparing your child for their first day.

How we Communicate with Families

Learn about our parent communication app and how we stay connected with families.