Frequently Asked Questions 

Families who are new to childcare and Montessori Education often have lots of questions. It’s important to be informed so you can make the best decision for your child and your family.

After all, you’re searching for the right childcare provider to partner with you in guiding and raising your child.

We’re honoured you’re considering us and look forward to progressing together!

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for below, please call our helpful Family Care Team on 1300 000 162. They will assist you in finding everything you need.

Montessori FAQs

What is Montessori Education?

Montessori is a scientific approach to early childhood education that was developed by Doctor Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Physician, Anthropologist, and Pedagogue, more than 100 years ago. The Montessori Method is based on her belief in the creative potential of children, their drive to learn, and the right of each child to be treated as an individual.

The Montessori Method offers a broad view of education as an aid and a preparation for life. Education is personalised to each child’s learning style, stage of development, and interests. Children develop complete academic and wellbeing foundations through hands-on experience, real-world application, and problem solving.

Key Elements of Montessori Education

  • Prepared Environment
  • Montessori Materials
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Montessori Teaching
  • Montessori Principles and Practices
  • Montessori Work Cycle
  • Child-Centred Learning
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Who is Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) is best known as the founder of the Montessori Method of Education. She was a Physician, Anthropologist, and Pedagogue who greatly influenced the lives and education of people around the world.

The Montessori Method is based on more than 50 years of scientific research into the process of how children learn as they progress from birth to adulthood. Montessori recognised that every child is born with natural intelligence that can only develop with the right stimulation during their first years of life.

She also discovered that children pass through a number of distinct developmental stages, and that at each stage, children have similar interests, preferred activities, and approaches to learning.

Based on these findings, Montessori developed a framework to provide children with the ideal learning environment, materials, and guidance to fulfil their potential during each crucial stage of their early childhood development.

Montessori education results in high levels of motivation, satisfaction, overall wellbeing and academic competency because it is tailored to each child’s needs and interests. There is a direct link between children’s sense of self-mastery, empowerment, and self-worth, and their ability to learn and retain new skills and information.

Montessori’s work lives on today and continues to be proven successful across diverse cultures and continents because it recognises the child’s innate need for respect, independence, and real-world experience.

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How is Montessori different to play based childcare?
The Montessori approach to early childhood education is diversely different to play-based childcare services. Education Programs are child-led and self-paced, while guided, assessed and enriched by knowledgeable Montessori trained educators. In Montessori Education, the prepared environment, the educator, and the child, come together to form the curriculum.

Key differences include:

  • Prepared Environment
  • Montessori Materials
  • Montessori Curriculum
  • Montessori Teaching
  • Montessori Principles and Practices
  • Montessori Work Cycle
  • Child-Centred Learning
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What Education Programs do your offer?

Montessori Academy’s Education Programs are based on Doctor Montessori’s research and findings on how to best support the complete development of the child during their crucial formative years. Programs are child-led and self-paced, while guided, assessed and enriched by knowledgable educators. In Montessori, the classroom, the students, and the educators come together to form the education program.

Education Programs:

  1. Infant Program Ages 0-2 
  2. Toddler Program Ages 2-3 
  3. Preschool Program Ages 3-6 
  4. School Readiness Program
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What are Montessori Materials?

Montessori materials are ingenious hands-on learning tools that are designed to stimulate children’s minds, encourage exploration, and inspire independent learning. They are enticing, simple to use, and intentionally support children’s learning and development. Together, the Montessori materials come together to form the Montessori Curriculum. Montessori materials teach one skill at a time to provide children with the opportunity to master key learning outcomes through repetition and practice. Doctor Montessori stated: “Nothing goes into the mind that does not first go through the hands.”

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What is the Prepared Environment?

The Montessori classroom is referred to as the ‘prepared environment’ because it is purposefully arranged by a trained Montessori educator to create the optimal learning environment for children. The environment is characterised by beauty, order and accessibility. Furniture, learning materials, and sinks are child-sized to support children’s independence. Shelves are open and accessible to invite interest and exploration. Everything has a purpose and a place.

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What is the Montessori Curriculum?

The Montessori Curriculum is a child-centred learning framework that incorporates the cognitive, physical, social and emotional aspects of child development. There are five key areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Studies. Each curriculum area includes a sequence of Montessori materials that each teach one learning outcome. As children progress through the curriculum they develop a complete understanding of each subject area.

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What are the principles of Montessori Education?

The guiding principles of Montessori education were developed by Doctor Maria Montessori to provide a framework for how to best support children in the learning process. Montessori education is based on the belief that children are naturally intelligent, that they want to learn, and that they have immense potential. The Montessori Method is designed to support the complete development of the child and prepare them with the skills and knowledge to thrive.

Key Principles of Montessori Education

  • The first six years of life are crucial in a child’s development
  • The prepared environment activates a love of learning through curiosity, stability, and the freedom to choose
  • Education should focus on preparing the whole child physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially
  • Learning should be individually focused and self-paced
  • The role of the educator is to guide and enrich each individual’s learning process
  • Motivation to learn should come from within
  • Children learn best through sensory exploration, hands-on experience, problem solving, and real-world applications
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Are all Montessori childcare centres affiliated with Montessori Academy?

Montessori Academy is the leading and largest Montessori childcare group in Australia; however, not all Montessori childcare centres are affiliated with us. This is because the Montessori approach to education spans over 100 years and is not trademarked. As such, other childcare providers may also offer Montessori Education Programs or Montessori-inspired curriculums. While we can’t advise on the authenticity of other service’s education programs, we recommend that families look out for:

  • A full range of Montessori materials in good used condition
  • Five clearly defined curriculum areas
  • Knowledgeable educators who can articulate the core principles of Montessori Education
  • Clean and orderly classroom environment
  • Emphasis on children’s independence
  • Warm interactions between educators and children
  • Well-maintained facilities that are safe and nurturing

For a full list of Montessori Academy’s childcare centres, see our locations page.

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Starting Childcare

When should I start looking for childcare?

It’s a good idea to start thinking about childcare options when you find out that you’re expecting. Researching childcare centres is one of the many exciting things to do when pregnant or expecting.

We encourage all families to book a tour and join the Waiting List for as many Montessori Academy childcare centres as they like. It’s important to get a good feel for the centre, understand how the education program works, and assess whether the campus will meet your family’s needs once your little one arrives.

Families on the Waiting List are contacted by the Family Care Team on a quarterly basis to check-in, update your details and expected start date, and provide important updates about the centre.

Joining the Waiting List early provides greater certainty about whether a position will be available when you are looking to officially start childcare.
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What is the best age to start childcare?

The best time to start childcare depends on each family’s situation, needs, and preferences. Children who begin the Montessori Program at an early age typically settle in quickly and enjoy the full spectrum of benefits associated with the Montessori Method. These children are more likely to progress to the advanced Montessori materials in the Preschool Program as they have developed a complete academic foundation across all curriculum areas. However, children of all ages thrive in the Montessori early learning environment.

What factors matter most when choosing a childcare centre?

Each family has different needs when it comes to looking for a childcare centre. It’s a good idea to rank the factors below in accordance with your family’s needs to guide your decision making process after you’ve completed a tour.

Key Factors to Consider:

  • Education Program: Does the education program align with your beliefs about what early education should be for your child? Will the education program support and nurture your child during the most important years of their early education?
  • Reputation: Does the childcare centre you’re considering have a good reputation? Talk to parents in the local area who have sent their child to the service and look at what families are saying online via reviewing platforms such as Care for Kids and Google Reviews.
  • Welcoming and Positive Atmosphere: Do the children and the staff at the centre look happy and engaged? Can you feel a positive vibe throughout the centre?
  • Facilities: Do the centre’s facilities meet your child’s needs? Are the facilities in good condition, safe, and well maintained?
  • Opening Hours: Does the centre offer the long day care hours that best align with your schedule? Most Montessori Academy childcare centres open from 7:30am to 6:00pm to meet the needs of working families.
  • Inclusions: What does the centre provide and what will you need to bring? There are different benefits associated with attending catered and non-catered centres. Catered centres provide simplicity for busy families, whereas non-catered centres provide families with greater control over what their child can eat, and assists in preparation for school.
  • Distance from Work or Home: Is the centre close to your work or home? Centres in close proximity may make it easier for pick-up and drop off; however, it’s important to consider all the factors that are important to you.
  • Fees and Charges: Calculate the daily fee you will pay after the Child Care Subsidy to determine whether the fees will fit within your household budget. It’s important to choose the centre that you feel best meets your family’s needs within your available budget.
What questions should I ask on my tour?

If you’re interested in enrolling, we encourage you to book a tour of the Montessori Academy childcare centres that are closest to you. Families are welcome and encouraged to visit as many Montessori Academy childcare centres as they like. It’s important that you find the right centre, staff team, and facilities that will best nurture and support your child.

During your tour you will have the opportunity to meet the Centre Manager, learn more about Montessori education, and ask any questions you may have about the program or facilities. We encourage families to get a good feel for what we do so they understand what’s so special about our educational approach and teaching approach.

If you are interested in starting, the Centre Manager will provide you with an Enrolment Kit or Waiting List depending on your expected start date and centre vacancies. A member of our Family Care Team will follow up with you after the tour to answer any outstanding questions and to assist you with the paperwork.

If you join the Waiting List, you will receive quarterly updates on your child’s status, as well as useful information about the centre, and Montessori learning resources.

Asking the right questions:

  1. What hours do you operate?
  2. Is drop off and pick up parking available?
  3. What’s included in your daily fees?
  4. What’s unique about your education program?
  5. What is your centre’s philosophy?
  6. How do you incorporate children’s interests?
  7. What skills and experience do the educators have?
  8. Which educators will be working with my child?
  9. How do you communicate with families?
  10. How often will I receive updates on my child’s progress?
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What is the ratio of educators to children?

The ratio of educators to children varies by age group and state.

New South Wales Educator to Child Ratios

  • Infants Ages 0-2: Ratio of 1 Educator per 4 Children (1:4)
  • Toddlers Ages 2-3: Ratio of 1 Educator per 5 Children (1:5)
  • Preschoolers Ages 3-6: Ratio of 1 Educator per 10 Children (1:10)

Victoria Educator to Child Ratios

  • Infants Ages 0-2: Ratio of 1 Educator per 4 Children (1:4)
  • Toddlers Ages 2-3: Ratio of 1 Educator per 4 Children (1:4)
  • Preschoolers Ages 3-6: Ratio of 1 Educator per 11 Children (1:11)

Australian Capital Territory Educator to Child Ratios

  • Infants Ages 0-2: Ratio of 1 Educator per 4 Children (1:4)
  • Toddlers Ages 2-3: Ratio of 1 Educator per 5 Children (1:5)
  • Preschoolers Ages 3-6: Ratio of 1 Educator per 11 Children (1:11)
Does my child need to be vaccinated?
All Montessori Academy childcare centres require children to be vaccinated in accordance with National Legislation. An up to date Immunisation History Statement must be supplied prior to enrolling. If your child’s immunisation status is not up to date, you will need to provide proof that your child is on a catch up schedule. This will be shown up on your Immunisation History Statement once you have visited your General Practitioner to organise a catch up schedule.
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Does Montessori Academy cater to children with additional needs?

Montessori Academy welcomes all children and families. In fact, the principles of Montessori Education were initially developed to help children with additional needs achieve their full potential. The Montessori Education Program is suitable and accommodating for all children; however, some children may find the structure of the Montessori environment less suited to their learning style. If you have any questions, we recommend talking to your Centre Manager. They will be able to discuss how we can support your child and connect you with available support or inclusions services.

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Enrolment Information

How do I enrol?

If you’re interested in enrolling, we encourage you to book a tour of the Montessori Academy childcare centres that are closest to you. Families are welcome and encouraged to visit as many Montessori Academy childcare centres as they like. It’s important that you find the right centre, staff team, and facilities that will best nurture and support your child.

During your tour you will have the opportunity to meet the Centre Manager, learn more about Montessori education, and ask any questions you may have about the program or facilities. We encourage families to get a good feel for what we do so they understand what’s so special about our educational approach and teaching approach.

If you are interested in starting, the Centre Manager will provide you with an Enrolment Kit or Waiting List depending on your expected start date and centre vacancies. A member of our Family Care Team will follow up with you after the tour to answer any outstanding questions and to assist you with the paperwork.

If you join the Waiting List, you will receive quarterly updates on your child’s status, as well as useful information about the centre, and Montessori learning resources.

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I'm not ready to start yet. What are my options?
For families who aren’t ready to start childcare yet, it’s a great idea to join the Waiting List for your preferred Montessori Academy childcare centres. Families are welcome to join the Waiting List for as many centres as they would like for an administration fee of $50 per child.
We recommend that families join the Waiting List early (some families do this as soon as their child is born) and that you regularly update your details in the lead up to your child’s expected start date. Our Family Care Team will be in touch quarterly to touch-base and provide important updates about the centre.
Joining the Waiting List early provides greater assurance surrounding whether a position will be available when you are looking to start childcare. The best time to join the Waiting List is when your child is under the age of two. The infant room for ages 0-2 is the only room with a guaranteed annual intake as children will transition up to the toddler classroom and program.
What is the Child Care Subsidy?

The Child Care Subsidy is a government payment that reduces families out-of-pocket costs for childcare, including: Centre Based Day Care, Family Day Care or Outside School Hours Care.

All Montessori Academy childcare centres are registered for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

If you’re new to childcare, we recommend that you apply for the claim as soon as possible. For more information, you can visit Services Australia.

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What is a Customer Reference Number (CRN)?

A CRN is your Customer Reference Number with Centrelink. It is 9 numbers and ends with a letter. For example: 123 456 789A.

If you receive or have ever received income support from Centrelink, such as a Maternity Leave payment, or Parental Leave payment, you will have a CRN.

You’ll find your CRN on letters or emails from Centrelink.

If you can’t find your CRN, or don’t know if you have one, you’ll need to follow the steps to get a CRN. For more information, you can visit Services Australia.

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How do I get a Customer Reference Number (CRN)?

Families need to supply the CRN for the parent claiming the Child Care Subsidy, as well as their child’s CRN, when completing the Enrolment Kit.

The quickest way to get a CRN is with myGov. To start, you need a myGov account. If you don’t have one, you can create one. Once you’ve created your myGov account, follow these steps to prove your identity online and get a CRN.

  1. Sign in to myGov.
  2. Select I need a CRN.
  3. Follow the prompts to enter your identity details to prove who you are. You’ll need 1 of these documents:
    • Australian birth certificate
    • Australian citizenship certificate
    • current Australian passport
    • Australian Visa

    You’ll also need 1 of these documents:

  4. Enter details from your Medicare card.
  5. Enter some personal details. myGov will share this information with Centrelink to check if you have a CRN. If you don’t have a CRN, they will give you one.
  6. Your new Centrelink online account will link to your myGov account.
  7. You’ll need more identity documents at a later date to complete the identity requirements.
  8. You’re now ready to claim a Centrelink payment.

If you can’t get a CRN online, you can call Centrelink to prove your identity over the phone. Once you have a CRN, you can make your claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Where can I find my child's AIR Immunisation History Statement?

You can get your child’s Immunisation History Statement straight away using either:

If you can’t use Medicare online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.

You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask them to send your immunisation history statement to you. It can take up to 14 days to arrive in the post.

Please note that the ‘Blue Book’ is no longer accepted. Your child’s Immunisation History Statement must show ‘Immunisation history status: Up to date’ as at the date you enrolled.

If your child’s immunisation status is not up to date you must provide proof that your child is on a a catch up schedule. This will be shown up on your Immunisation History Statement once you have visited your General Practitioner to organise a catch up schedule.

What is a Medical Action Plan?

If your child has a health condition, you will be asked to supply a Medical Action Plan with your child’s enrolment. A Medical Action Plan is a document that has been prepared and signed by a doctor that describes symptoms, causes, clear instructions on action and treatment for the child’s specific medical condition, and includes the child’s name and a photograph of the child. An example of this is the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Action Plan.

Can I use my child's passport as proof of identity to enrol?

Montessori Academy requires all families to provide a copy of their child’s birth certificate as part of the enrolment application process. If you are unable to locate a copy of your child’s birth certificate, you can use your child’s passport as an interim measure to prove your child’s identity for the purpose of enrolment. You will be asked to supply a copy of your child’s birth certificate within six weeks of enrolling.

Preparing for the First Day

How can I prepare my child for their transition to childcare?
  • Bring your child to your initial centre tour and observe how they interact with the environment, children, and educators
  • Talk positively about the exciting things they will experience, play with, and learn at Montessori Academy
  • Involve your child in choosing, organising, and labelling the items they will take with them to childcare
  • Talk about their new routine and what to expect in the lead up to starting childcare
  • Attend the orientation session with your child to help them settle into their new environment
  • Talk about the emotions they may experience and how they can help manage their feelings
  • Read stories about starting school
  • Take a look at our blog for additional resources
What is the orientation process?

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 to a nurturing Montessori learning community.

Orientation Process
What should I pack for the first day?

At Montessori Academy, we want to set your child up for a successful transition to childcare. This means ensuring that your child has all the comforts of home to feel safe and secure at their new home away from home. We ask that families pack the below items to ensure children have a sense of familiarity in their new setting.

Toddlers and Preschoolers Aged 2-6

  • Water bottle labelled with your child’s full name
  • Sun-safe hat labelled with your child’s full name
  • Two sets of spare clothes labelled with your child’s full name
  • Healthy lunch in a labelled lunchbox if your childcare centre is non-catered
  • Backpack labelled with your child’s full name
  • Cot-sized bed sheets and a blanket stored in a calico bag labelled with your child full name (supplied weekly)
  • 3-4 nappies per day, wipes, and nappy rash cream (you can supply these on a weekly basis)
  • Comforter if your child needs one

Infants Aged 0-2

  • Water bottle labelled with your child’s full name
  • Backpack labelled with your child’s full name
  • Sun-safe hat labelled with your child’s full name
  • A spare set of clothes labelled with your child’s full name
  • Bed sheets and blanket labelled with your child’s full name
  • Re-usable fabric bag (to store your child’s sheets) labelled with your child’s full name
  • A healthy lunch in a labelled lunchbox if you’re attending a non-catered centre
  • Bottles and formula or expressed breastmilk labelled with your child’s name (if your child needs)
  • 3-4 nappies per day, wipes, and nappy rash cream (you can supply these on a weekly basis)
  • Comforter or dummy if your child needs one
What time should I arrive?

We recommend that families contact their Centre Manager to discuss their arrival time for the first day. Where possible, your Centre Manager or child’s Room Leader will want to greet you and help support you in settling your child into their new environment.  Once your child is settled into their new routine, we do recommend that all children arrive before 8:30am to ensure they make the most of the Montessori Work Cycle.

What should I expect when I arrive?

Upon arrival, you will be greeted warmly by your Centre Manager or your child’s Room Leader. They will show you how to sign in, where your child’s locker is, where to put their belongings, and where the bathrooms and ammenities are located. Next, they will introduce your child to their classmates, and welcome them to the classroom.

Once your child has been introduced, we recommend that families say a quick goodbye at the door, and leave the classroom. It’s best not to linger as this can cause confusion and prolong separation anxiety.

Families are welcome to stay on the premises for a short period of time (out of sight) as their child settles in. Please talk to your Centre Manager if you need any support with settling your child or if you have any questions or concerns. We want all families and children to feel welcomed and supported so that they make a smooth transition to their Montessori early learning community.

What's the best way to say goodbye?
Saying goodbye on the first day can be an anxious time for children and parents. We recommend that you say goodbye at the door with a kiss, cuddle, and a smile on your face as you walk out the door. Remind your child that they will have a great day and that you will be back later to pick them up. It’s important your child knows that you feel comfortable and positive about their new environment.
We recommend that families don’t linger, and that if you choose to stay a while, that you remain out of sight as this can be confusing and prolong separation anxiety. It can also cause other children to become unsettled which disrupts the peace and harmony of the Montessori classroom. Please talk to your Centre Manager if you need any support. We want all families and children to feel welcomed and supported so that they make a smooth transition to their Montessori early learning community.
What can I do to help ease my child's separation anxiety?

It’s very normal for children (and parents) to have feelings of anxiety when they first start childcare. It takes children time to get used to their new routine, build positive relationships with their educators and peers, and come to understand that their new environment is a fun, safe, and happy place. Supporting children with separation anxiety can be challenging; however, just remember that this stage will soon pass, and that most children are quite settled within a few minutes of their families leaving. If you are ever concerned, you are always welcome to call the centre to check in on your child, or book a meeting with the Centre Manager to discuss additional support for settling your child.

Tips to Ease Separation Anxiety

  • Bring your child on the initial centre tour so they develop a sense of familiarity
  • Talk positively about the exciting things they will experience, play with, and learn at Montessori Academy
  • Involve your child in choosing, organising, and labelling the items they will take with them to childcare
  • Talk about their new routine and what to expect in the lead up to starting childcare
  • Attend the orientation session with your child to help them settle into their new environment
  • Talk about the emotions they may experience and how they can help manage their feelings
  • Read stories about starting school
  • Establish a quick goodbye ritual where you leave smiling, calm, and confident to build your child’s confidence and sense of security in their new environment
  • Be consistent with drop off and pick up times so your child becomes familiar with their new routines and knows what to expect when
  • Practice being apart by leaving your child with a trusted adult or family member for a few hours
  • Tell them when you will pick them up in child-specific terms i.e. “I’ll pick you up after rest time before afternoon snack”
  • Take a look at our blog for additional resources
How can I check in to see if my child has settled?

Families are welcome to call the centre to check in on their child at any time throughout the day. Our team will always provide you with open and honest feedback about how your child is settling in. If your child is unsettled, rest assured that an educator will contact you, and advise you if you need to pick them up. Families also receive regular photo updates via our family communication app. These updates show what activities your child is engaging in as well as their eating, sleeping, and toileting schedule.

How will I know what my child did during the day?

Families are provided with login details to our family communication app on their child’s first day. The app is regularly updated with photos and information about the activities your child is engaging in, their daily routine for eating, sleeping and toileting, and general updates about the centre. The family communication app is also home to all of Montessori Academy’s policies, useful parent resources, and developmental reports specific to your child.

What time should I pick my child up?

We recommend that families pick up a little earlier during their child’s first week to help ease them into their new routine. Earlier pick up isn’t compulsory; however, many families have provided feedback that this was helpful for them. For example, you may have your child attend from 8 am – 1 pm on their first day, then 8 am – 2 pm on their second day, and an hour longer each day. A gradual transition allows children to progressively increase the amount of time they spend at childcare each day in preparation for their new routine.

What should I do if I need extra support or have any questions?

Starting childcare can be a challenging time for families. It’s very common to feel anxious and uncertain at the beginning of your childcare journey. First and foremost,  we want you to know that you are always welcome to share your feelings and experience with us, and that we are here to support you in any way we can. We are deeply honoured that you have entrusted us with the education and care of your child. We want to create a home away from home for your child and to provide you with a supportive community for you and your family.

If you need anything, please contact your Centre Manager, or our Family Care Team on 1300 000 162.

General FAQs

What support is available for families in financial hardship?

If your family is experiencing financial hardship, we encourage you to reach out to our Family Care Team, so that we can connect you with the support services available. Depending on your circumstances, there may be government assistance your family is entitled to that will assist with covering your childcare fees.

Additional Financial Support Options:

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Is there a minimum number of days my child needs to attend?

Montessori Academy requires children who are over the age of two to attend a minimum of three days per week to ensure that they receive the greatest benefit from the Montessori Education Program. Each child’s enrolment schedule should also include either a Monday or Friday. All other arrangements are subject to Management review.

Why is there a three day minimum?

  • Children need a minimum of three days to consistently progress through the Montessori Curriculum. This time allows children to make connections,  discover learning outcomes, and master the progression of the Montessori materials.
  • Three day attendance provides children with familiarity and routine. This structure allows them to feel secure and settled in their learning environment. Children’s emotional stability is directly linked to their ability to learn at an optimal rate.
  • Children gravitate towards other children who attend on the same enrolment schedule. This provides opportunities for social relationships to flourish.
  • Three day attendance allows for children’s interest projects to be extended upon throughout the week or even months. This allows for more in-depth and meaningful learning to take place.
Does Montessori Academy offer sessional care?

Montessori Academy offers long day childcare. Families are charged a set daily fee. To enquire about fees, please visit the location page of the centre you’re interested in and place an enquiry. You will receive the fee information as an email.

What are your fees?

To enquire about fees, please visit the location page of the centre you’re interested in and place an enquiry. You will receive the fee information in your emails. You are also welcome to call our Family Care Team on 1300 000 162.

What happens on Public Holidays and Christmas?

Montessori Academy is closed on public holidays and during the Christmas period from Christmas Day to the first business day after New Year. Families are charged fees for Public Holidays; however, the Christmas closure period is free of charge.

Does my child need to be toilet trained before they transition to Preschool?

Montessori Academy requires all children over the age of three to be toilet trained before progressing to the preschool classroom. The preschool classroom is designed as a preparation for school room that encourages all aspects of children’s independence, including independent toileting. As such, there are no nappy-changing facilities connected to the preschool classroom. For children to successfully transition to the preschool environment, it is essential that they are toilet trained.

Is there a notice period to withdraw?

Montessori Academy has a four week notice period to change days or withdraw. Between October 1 and January 31, families are required to provide twelve weeks notice as this is during our re-enrolments period where positions are secured for the new year. Notice periods are in place to provide sufficient time for paperwork to be processed and to adjust centre operations to accomodate changes to student attendance, staffing, and catering.

Enrolment Process

Starting Childcare

Childcare Subsidy

Learning at Home

Daily Routines   

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