We have an intake of approximately 10 new children per year. Read below on how to enrol your child.
Maroondah Montessori Preschool is a small community of 30 children involved in a unique, exceptional and truly authentic Cycle One Montessori program.
Our Centre is committed to adhering strictly to a truly authentic Montessori program as espoused by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Children commence between the ages of 2½ to 3½ and remain in the program until the end of the year in which they turn 6. They attend 5 mornings per week for 3 hours (9.15am – 12.15pm). In their final year, children remain for the afternoon session (extended day) until 3pm for 4 days a week.
Some parents have pre-raised concerns that their children may struggle to adjust to Primary school life by doing Prep via our Cycle one program, however we have found that the children leave our school well adjusted to school life, and have no difficulties integrating into Year 1.
The only income MMPS receives is from fees and fundraising activities in the greater community, as we receive no government funding whatsoever. Furthermore, our school is not applicable for the Childcare rebate you would receive if you sent your child to a childcare with an inclusive kinder program. Thus in order to keep our fees at the lowest possible level, our Centre has to fundraise about $10,000 per annum, therefore we require enrolling families to be dedicated and committed to assist with fundraising in a variety of events each year. Families are also expected to be involved in various tasks including bringing fruit for the children’s snack & washing the dishes (2x per term) and laundry duty (approximately 2-3x per year, to be done over a weekend), and are encouraged to serve a role at least 1 year on the Committee of Management to ensure the ongoing viability and maintenance and smooth functioning of our school
Our Directress, Aileen Browne, recommends that interested parents come and do an observation of our morning classroom session to become familiar with the program. We request that children not attend observation sessions. Please refer to our Contact Page to arrange for an Observation. As positions are limited to approximately 10 each year, it is advisable to apply well in advance of your child’s desired commencement date. Please note that if we have free capacity, we may provide your child with the option to start school mid-year as they turn 2.5 years old.
We currently have one spot available for your child to start in February 2019, if they are 3-3.5 years old at that time, or from May if they are 2.5-3yrs old at that time.
To confirm a place on the waiting list for your child, please download and complete the enrolment form, drop it off during school hours, or post it to us with a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and a cheque or money order for $100. EFT bank transfer can be arranged.
Click on one of the following links to Download the application form: