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What is Montessori

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method of education has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world. It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.

Every material in a Montessori Classroom will support an aspect of child development creating a match between the child’s natural interests and the activities.

At Trillium Montessori School children will be encouraged to explore through self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Children will be encouraged to work individually, at their own pace and in groups as they begin discover and explore the knowledge of the world, to reach their maximum potential and build a foundation for life long learning.

Our Vision

Our vision is to nurture and empower children to reach their full potential by planting the seeds to create a passion for life-long learning.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a prepared caring environment for children from 6 months to 6 years that would enhance their natural curiosity towards collaborative learning and self-discovery guided by the Montessori Method of Teaching.

We Offer

At Trillium Montessori School, we offer a caring and challenging educational environment for infants, toddlers and pre-school children up to 6 years of age.


Benefits of Montessori

The Montessori method of education recognizes that children learn in different ways and look at each child as an unique individual. Children are free to learn at their own pace and advance through the curriculum as they become ready where the teachers look to guide this learning through the Individual planning for each child. Children will develop a sense of order, eye hand co-ordination and concentration skills as they explore this learning and create a path for self-directed learning and independence. Children are encouraged to care for one’s self through practical life activities and help others in the classroom as they master these skills. Montessori classrooms also become a close caring community as children of different ages (e.g. 2 1/5 to 6) work together at difference levels in the classroom at the same time. Children have the opportunity to work independently, be participants or observe the learning without interrupting the work of another child – understanding the importance of respect at a very young age. Montessori students are encouraged to share their learning or tasks they have mastered with the younger children in the classroom which creates empathy, confidence and a harmonious caring environment. As children become willing helpers and readily share their knowledge, it helps them to revisit their recently mastered activities with confidence and internalise / advance in their learning.

The Montessori classroom encourages children to maintain respect, peace and harmony as they work together. Children are taught to complete their work cycles by putting their work back in the shelves where they learn respect for both materials and their peers. Children and Teachers in Montessori classrooms use quiet voices, slow movement - walking feet, to ensure that children become aware of their environment and experience peace within. At Trillium Montessori School, we will work towards providing opportunities where children can develop confidence, independence and curiosity for learning in a very natural way.

Learning & Teaching methodology

Focuses on Key Developmental Stages

The Montessori curriculum focuses on the key developmental stages of a child from birth to the age of six years. Dr Maria Montessori believed that during this time, children construct their individuality through 2 stages of development – the unconscious and conscious stage. Children under the age of 3, have the ability to absorb information without making a conscious effort i.e. through observation and repeating what they see – “impressions do not merely enter a child’s mind; they form it” Dr Maria Montessori. From 3 – 6 years of age, children move into the more conscious stage of development whilst continuing to absorb information more easily. They will also seek information consciously in order to expand their pre-existing knowledge through experience. At this stage, they will often want to choose activities for themselves and will try to complete these tasks independently.

Dr Maria Montessori talked about the absorbent mind of children and their ability to learn effortlessly by soaking in large amounts of information. At Trillium Montessori School, we look to support this learning with an environment that is rich with Montessori equipment along with the care of our dedicated Teachers to support the development of all children.

Learning Is Child-Centered

Montessori children enjoy a curriculum that is thoughtfully designed to support individual learning. It allows children to explore and learn at their own pace and promotes the child’s natural desire to learn. It is an approach that values the development of the whole child – physical, social, cognitive and emotional.

Sense of order in the Montessori Classroom

All objects and activities in the Montessori classroom are presented in a way which maximizes independent learning and exploration. Children are taught to complete their work and place things back into their appropriate places whereby they learn to complete the entire work cycle, gaining confidence and independence. The ‘prepared Montessori environment’ encourages freedom and self-discipline as children explore their surroundings - “To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely” Dr Maria Montessori.

Contact Us

We welcome you to contact us for more information!

Address: 132 Springs Road, Hornby, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand.

Phone: 03 344 6355


Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm