Philosophy


We affirm the aspirations of the national early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki, 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.

The fundamental principles of Montessori education are respect for the child; promoting independence and encouraging a love of learning.
• 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 of choice within a supportive, structured setting.
• The carefully prepared environment empowers children to learn using all of their senses while engaging in real, purposeful and meaningful activities, inside and outside.
• Montessori education helps children to observe, think and evaluate.
• 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.