Montessori is a philosophy of education that is based on the research findings of Doctor Maria Montessori. The purpose of Montessori education is to nurture each child’s developmental needs and interests, and assist them in achieving their full potential. For more information see Montessori Education.
Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Doctor Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female Doctor. She based her educational method on scientific observation of children’s learning processes as they progressed from birth to maturity. Montessori designed a ‘prepared environment’ in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, a century after Maria Montessori’s first ‘Children’s House’ and Montessori education is found all over the world.
The Montessori classroom doesn’t look or sound like a play based classroom. 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 Infant Montessori has been specifically designed to assist young children’s development needs and interests. The most important things children learn in the Montessori 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.
Parents often ask why Montessori classes group children by two to three-year age groups, when primary schools group students by their birth year. The primary reason for this is that mixed-age groups encourage imitate learning, a strong sense of community, and allow children to work to their level of development.
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.
At ECLC we follow the ratios of one educator per six children for children for children from 2-6 years.
The sensitive period for toileting occurs between 18 months – 3 years. At ECLC , we prefer that children are toilet trained before they commence the Toddler Program. We work with families to begin the toilet training journey when you feel your child is ready.