Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that aren’t covered here then please give the office a call on (03) 443 8389 or email info@mchw.co.nz

We encourage you to discuss any concerns with a staff member if appropriate. If you wish to provide further feedback or lodge a complaint with our management team, please fill in this form and give to the Managing Teacher (form is also available from the office):

Complaint Form

Yes. We are part of the Ministry Of Education Scheme offering 20 Hours ECE to families.  An Optional Charge of $2.00 per hour is requested. Full details of what this assists with are available in the Enrolment Forms.

From 1 to 6 years of age.

Our centre’s session times are 9 am – 12 noon and 12 noon – 3 pm. Parents can also arrange early 8.30 am drop-off if required. Minimum attendance in the Bambini classroom is two sessions per week. Minimum attendance in the Casa classroom is three full days per week.

Montessori welcomes all prospective parents to make an appointment with the centre to view our facilities and meet the staff.
At this meeting, you will be provided with an enquiry booklet, waitpool form and our fee schedule.  If after visiting you wish to enrol your child, please complete the waitpool form and return this to the office.
Once a space becomes available for your child, three pre-enrolments visits are scheduled to enable the child, parents and teachers an opportunity to view and understand the routines within the centre.

Yes, the length of time you remain in the waitpool is dependent of a number of factors, including age, number of sessions required and your required start date.

Our curriculum encourages children’s natural talents and their freedom to think and choose how they learn; it is well-structured and supervised by trained (and friendly!) teaching staff.

There are no religious connotations to a Montessori education. Respect for other people and the environment as well as engagement with the natural world is at the heart of our curriculum – a perfect fit for life in Wanaka!

Experience and research both indicate that children attending Montessori schools tend to be competent, self-disciplined, socially well-adjusted and happy. They choose to work hard and concentrate well. They treat materials with respect and display patience towards others. They are friendly and the classroom is a cheerful community of children happily helping and teaching each other. They usually love to go to school. These children are therefore well prepared for the transition to Primary schooling and are often the more well-rounded, self-directed students.

The centre keeps a list of each child’s allergies or medical condition and emergency procedures and these are discussed with the teachers at the time of your child’s induction. A list of each child’s food allergies is kept in each class to ensure your child is kept safe while in our environment.

Parents receive Parent Notices via email, plus a more comprehensive newsletter is published 6 times a year.  We also use Facebook and Google + to keep parents updated on day to day happenings at Montessori.

Yes, in addition to  learning stories within your child’s profile book, you will recieve an individual report twice a year.  These reports form the basis for our discussion with you at the parent interviews.

Between the ages of 2 1/2 and 6 is when most of your child’s intellectual and social characteristics will be formed. This is also a time when your child is most receptive, imaginative, curious and excited about exploring his or her environment.
A Montessori environment nurtures that curiosity by offering a variety of activities and specially designed materials that engage, stimulate and intrigue children of this age. The Montessori teacher is trained to recognise when your child is ready to learn a new skill, and to foster his or her natural interests and abilities. Montessori is an approach based on the principle that education should work with the nature of the child not against it. Children are encouraged to make their own choices and become independent thinkers.
Learning should be fun, empowering and designed to meet the unique needs and learning styles of each child.

February 2012. Extracted from the report: “Children learn and play in a calm and settled environment. They have easy access to well-organised equipment and resources and are able to choose activities they are interested in. Throughout the day, children participate in structured learning times as well as periods of free choice. Teachers and children exhibit mutually respectful relationships and interactions. Teachers encourage children’s independence and respect for the environment and others. They expect that if these values and attributes are well embedded, the children will carry them throughout their lives. Teachers support, but do not unnecessarily interfere, with children’s efforts as they learn to take responsibility for life skills. Parent’s contributions to children’s learning are highly valued. The expertise of parents and locals is used to extend and enrich children learnings. Parents enjoy the social aspect of the centre.”

MCHW closes for statutory holidays, one week in the July school holidays for repairs and maintentance and one month over Christmas and the summer holiday period.

Closed Saturdays & Sundays,
Public Holidays, Teacher Only Days &
Repairs & Maintenance Days as follows;

2020 DATES:

First day 2020 – Monday 20th January 2020

Closed Saturdays & Sundays,
Public Holidays, Teacher Only Days &
Repairs & Maintenance Days as follows;

Waitangi Day – Thursday 06th February

Otago Anniversary Day – Monday 23rd March

Good Friday – Friday 10th April

EASTER Monday – Monday 13th April

ANZAC DAY – observed – Monday 27th April

Queen’s Birthday –Monday 01st June

Repairs & Maintenance week – CLOSED 06th – 10th incl July OPEN 2020 (because of Covid19 closedown)

Labour Day – Monday 26th October

Last Day 2020 – Monday 21st December

You can use Montessori principles of child development at home. Look at your home through your child’s eyes. Children need a sense of belonging, and they get it by participating fully in the routines of everyday life. “Help me do it by myself” is the life theme of the pre-schooler. Look for ways for your child to participate in meal preparation, cleaning, gardening, caring for clothes, shoes, and toys.
These activities assist the child in gaining concentration by engaging them in purposeful activity involving coordinated movement and offering repetition of the activity. They also lead the child to independence through their mastery of the exercises. Providing opportunities for independence is the surest way to build your child’s self-esteem.