“Children are superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

Maria Montessori

Our children develop a love of learning by choosing activities and making their own discoveries.

“Never help a child with a task at which she feels she can succeed.”

Maria Montessori

Learning skills that last a lifetime.

Montessori enables children to achieve their full potential.


Montessori Children’s House Wanaka offers pre-schoolers aged between 1 and 6 years the freedom to explore in a fun, nurturing and well-resourced learning environment where they can develop independence and a respect for both the natural world and each other that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Our beautiful environment provides a balance between freedom, order and responsibility, nurturing and stimulating the spontaneous curiosity within the child, inspiring a love of nature and a love of learning. The Montessori classroom offers, to a community of children, of mixed age range, the opportunity to function freely with guidance and within a framework.
To facilitate the freedom to learn the Montessori environment and materials are carefully prepared for the benefit of the child. The aim of this environment is the satisfaction of the child’s natural tendencies: order, independence, exploration, creative imagination and social interaction.  It was this concept which led Maria Montessori to call her first school a “children’s house”, “Casa dei Bambini”.
Our traditions are founded on respect for each child as a unique individual. Together we are on a journey of creating an environment for your child, based on respectful relationships and in harmony with nature. We are a Silver Award member of Enviroschools New Zealand and are committed to nurturing children to appreciate and respect their natural environment.
Our main aims are for each individual child are to:

  • Receive a holistic education based on Montessori principles, within the framework Te Whāriki, the early childhood curriculum.
  • Experience the excitement of discovery and learning at their own pace so that they develop a lifelong love of learning.
  • Have “aware” adult assistance when needed, so that skills can be practised and perfected i.e. helping children to help themselves.
  • Be respected as an individual, helping them to value this concept towards others.

Opening Hours

We are open Monday – Friday from 8.30am – 3pm

After Care Programme 3.00pm -4.30pm

Closedown periods to date are:

  • Montessori opens 2021 on Monday January 18th.
  • Closed 12th – 16th July
  • Montessori closes for 2021 – Last Day for 202 is tbc

Get in Touch

Please contact us if you have any queries or to arrange a visit – we’d love to show you around:

P: (03) 443 8389
E: info@mchw.co.nz