The Melbourne Montessori Early Learners Program recognises that the first three years of life are fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential. The child’s physical development is phenomenal and apparent and inspires our care and attention. Yet a profound and less obvious development is taking place within the child.
Maria Montessori refers to development in this period as the spiritual embryo. She believed that a second embryonic period occurred after birth, during the first three years of life, when the child’s intelligence is formed. This is the time the child acquires the culture and language into which he or she is born. It is the period when the core of personality, social being and the essence of spiritual life are developed.
Our Montessori teachers in this area of the school are trained to understand the child’s development and the development of the human mind, which allows them to prepare the learning environment to meet the needs of the child.
Materials are set out in an ordered manner on low, open shelves. All activities aim to foster independence, support psycho-motor development and language acquisition.
Choosing Early Learners for Your Child
At Melbourne Montessori School you can choose the type of Montessori education you require for your child according to your needs. Brighton campus devotes to Early Learning environments alone and Caulfield campus provides Montessori education for 3-12 year olds (Grade 6).
This means that you can still provide your child with the best start on their educational journey with a Montessori preschool experience (at Brighton campus). This unique Early Learning environment will give your child the best possible start, enabling them to develop independence, a love of learning and respect for themselves and others.
This program is to cater for our 2 – 3 year old students and the children attend without a parent or caregiver. Children typically begin at the age of about 2 years 3 months.
The children attend two sessions per week – one morning session and one afternoon session, each of 2 hours duration (4 hours in total). The two sessions are on consecutive days e.g. Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. The morning session is from 9:15am – 11:15am and the afternoon session from 12:45pm to 2:45pm.
2016 Early Learning schedule:
- Program A
Monday mornings – Tuesday afternoon
- Program B
Tuesday mornings – Monday afternoon
- Program C
Wednesday mornings – Thursday afternoon
- Program D
Thursday mornings – Wednesday afternoon
Children must be enrolled in the whole program, attending the morning and the afternoon session they are allocated to.
Children in this program learn to work independently from their parent or caregiver and start to develop the methodology and work habits necessary for when they move into the Cycle One environment.