Wagga’s newest purpose built long day care facility has arrived offering a Montessori-based preschool education program.
The Montessori Children’s House will provide a preschool program within a long day care setting. This means families can claim child care benefits and pay minimal fees, all while receiving the best education available for children aged 2 years to school age.
Annette Jarvis, managing director, is pleased to bring this style of early childhood education to Wagga to give parents a choice in early childhood education methods and something other than mainstream childcare.
The preschool program sets it apart from mainstream childcare services as it offers so much more than just childcare.
By delivering a certified and approved pre-school program within a long day care facility, parents get the best of both worlds: a preschool education; fee assistance through child care benefit scheme and long day care hours for those that work or choose it.
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It offers two day-options for families – a first in Wagga.
A short day is offered to those that may not work, may be studying, may have other siblings at school or just want preschool hours.
A long day option is also offered for families that require it.
The internal layout of the building has been purposefully designed to reflect a Montessori pallet.
It is open planned, with a seamless flow between rooms.
Windows and open passages allow children to observe what happens in the next room, become familiar with the other children and get to know the educators thus making the transition between rooms from toddler to preschool very easy.
Once a child is placed in a room they will remain there for the three year period of their preschool journey allowing them to form solid relationships with educators and other children.
As the rooms are of mixed ages, the younger ones learn from the older ones, much like a sibling environment at home.
The older children lead by example and help out the younger children.
Educators remain in the same rooms to allow these relationships to form and become very solid.
”It’s important for our children to feel loved and valued so our ratios of staff to children will be higher than what you would find elsewhere,” Ms Jarvis said.
“I have been extremely lucky to recruit passionate and dedicated educators and teachers who are committed to the Montessori method.”
Two full time staff members are qualified Montessori educators, four staff are enrolled in the Montessori Early Childhood Diploma and all staff have participated in six days of professional development training.
Staff will be provided ongoing professional development to ensure staff remain stimulated.
Find out more at Montessori Children’s House Wagga.
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