Philosophy


We affirm the aspirations of the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, for children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.

A fundamental principle of Montessori education is respect for the child. 

  • We promote respect for oneself, one another, and the environment.
  • Independence is encouraged, enabling children to take responsibility for their own learning. 
  • We offer children freedom within a supportive, structured setting. 
  • The prepared environment empowers children to learn using all of their senses while engaging in real, purposeful and meaningful activities.
  • Abstract concepts are first presented in concrete form.
  • Positive attitudes of tolerance, understanding, persistence, concentration and a love of learning are nurtured.
  • Together children, families, caregivers and teachers are committed to sharing knowledge.
  • Warm, reciprocal relationships are fostered with families and the community.
  • Teachers are committed to supporting Māori and Pacific children and to responding to the interests, strengths and capabilities of all the diverse groups of children who attend Mana Montessori and supporting them to achieve success.
  • Teachers are committed to ongoing professional development