Our Age groups (rooms)


An important consideration in the design of our new centre was to maintain the small nurturing environment that allowed families and children to be greeted by their first name and acknowledged as important individuals.

Our age grouping enables children to stay together for a long period of time with the same educators which allows children and families to form strong supportive relationships.

Each room has a stable cohesive team of dedicated professionals who are highly trained in both early childhood and Montessori principles and practices. Our centre enjoys a unique reputation of minimal staff turnover and no casual staff.
Kids playing — Children's Centre in Kotara, NSW

This is a small nurturing environment catering for the youngest members of our community. In both our Nido & Bambini rooms our pedagogy is very much guided by both the principles of Montessori as well as Magda Gerber's Educaring approach and model of care.

Our educators are guided by the following principles:
  • Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner
  • An environment for each child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing
  • Time for uninterrupted play
  • Freedom to explore and interact with other infants
  • Involvement of the child in all care activities to allow the child to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient
  • Sensitive observation of each child in order to understand their needs
  • Consistency, clearly defined limits and expectations to develop positive self-discipline

In both these age groups the routine is the curriculum and the curriculum is the routine. Daily routines such as feeding and nappy changing are opportunities for meaningful learning and development. There is no set nappy change, feeding or sleeping time in our under 3 environments. We are very much guided by each child's own routine which is then incorporated into our daily rhythm.

The environment is carefully prepared with materials and resources from the Montessori curriculum which encourages movement, coordination, repletion, communication, sensory awareness and ongoing independence.

The Nido & Bambini programs provide the first steps of your child's Montessori journey and allows an easy transition into our Montessori Pre-school program.


It is not a requirement that your child has participated in our Nido or Bambini Program to enrol in our Montessori Pre-school program.

Children at this age are engaged in what Maria Montessori called 'a process of self-construction', they are keenly observing the world around them and absorbing knowledge and experience at an enormous rate.

During this age your child will go through what we call 'sensitive periods', which can be thought of as windows of opportunity for a child when they are interested in particular aspects of their environment to the exclusion of all others. These aren't chosen at random by the child; they are driven by an inner need for development. You may notice this yourself in your child as they show an intense interest in repeating certain activities or actions at length for no obvious reason!

This classroom is carefully designed to harness this huge potential for self-development children have at this age. Materials from across our six main curriculum areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Science and Culture are laid out in a logical, orderly fashion; from left to right, from top to bottom, at the appropriate height. These materials are designed to attract the children to touch, explore and choose the work that they are most receptive to, and thus best able to absorb, at that point in time. Everything in the environment is there for a particular purpose.