Montessori Children’s House


Montessori activityThe Montessori Children’s House (MCH) was started in 1977 by an enthusiastic group of parents wishing a Montessori centre for their children. It is a Kindergarten affiliated with the Lady Gowrie Community Kindergartens and a member of the Montessori Australia Foundation.

The Montessori Children’s House has been approved as a Kindergarten Program Provider under the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS). Find out more about how MCH is managed.

The Montessori Children’s House is a single unit Kindergarten facility. Children attend in two multi-age groups (3 – 4½ years) with 22 children in each group. Children attend five days per fortnight 8.30am  to 2.30pm.

The Children’s House follows the Montessori Method of education. Provided in an atmosphere of cheerful orderliness, calmness and purposeful work, children are free to choose activities from practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and cultural materials. Independent effort is encouraged and protected, concentration is allowed to grow and individuality is honoured. Dr Montessori believed that children have an innate positive attitude towards learning and we foster that at the Children’s House. Find out more about our Program for Learning.

Find out how to enrol your child.

For more information, read the comprehensive Prospectus 2017.

Groups and sessions

Group A Monday, Tuesday & Alternating Wednesdays
Group B Thursday, Friday & Alternating Wednesdays

For Term, Session and holiday dates please see the 2017 calendar.

The centre offers five days per fortnight to children 3½ to 4½ years, as a first priority.  If there are any spaces left, then these are offered to children 3 to 3½ on the Waiting List.

Although parents need to enrol and pay the fees for five days, the parents of younger children may choose to send their child for two days per week until the child is ready for more days.

Staff/Child Ratio
There are three Montessori trained staff to each group. These include a Director / teacher and two assistant teachers, one full-time and one part-time.

Organisation

The Children’s House is a parent-run, non-profit and community-based organisation. Family participation – from maintaining the beautiful gardens, to repairing our resources, sharing skills in the educational program, or taking a role on the Committee – enhances the quality of the educational experience at MCH. Parents enjoy working together to contribute to their child’s education. Through their family’s joint efforts, children come to understand the process of community involvement and that it takes a community to make a special place for them to learn and play.