Welcome to Ashburton Montessori Preschool. We are a fully licensed Preschool that caters for children aged 4 months - 6 years.


Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to Ashburton Montessori. We are a licensed Preschool that caters for children aged 4 months to 6 years. Our centre consists of 3 classrooms over 2 buildings. Our main building has 2 classrooms that cater to the children aged 2 years to 6 years and our other building is home to our nursery that caters for children up to 2 1/2 years.

We provide a fun, loving and caring environment that helps children develop important life skills and a love of learning.

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”




What is Montessori ?

Montessori education is about the developing the thirst for knowledge in the child, it recognises the child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Through the child’s daily experiences we help them to create a love of learning, manaaki (respect) for one’s environment, peers and oneself. The children gain self confidence, self esteem, leadership and general knowledge.

Ashburton Montessori Preschool provides your child with the opportunity to explore and learn in a safe and caring environment that promotes independence and respect. Your child will be involved in many activities including the Montessori materials – from pouring liquid and tying shoelaces to learning about nature. Other materials await each child’s interests in mathematics, reading and writing.

Your child’s individual activities with the Montessori materials are complemented with other experiences such as singing, creative art and crafts, baking, games and pottery.

An important aspect of Montessori education is the control of error, Dr Montessori found that children learned best when they had the freedom to correct their own mistakes so created materials that could be self correcting through the control of error.


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Our Philosophy

The Montessori approach to learning is based on the understanding that learning is a process. In order to develop a child’s physical, intellectual and spiritual being to the fullest children must have the freedom to develop in an environment that has been specifically prepared for the purposes of achieving concentration, exploration and understanding.


Ashburton Montessori Preschool is open from 830am till 330pm Monday to Friday.

We close for term breaks for a total of 10 weeks per year. Generally these are in line with school holidays.



Our hourly rate is $6.75

20 Hours ECE is offered to all children aged 3-5 years old.

A non-refundable enrolment fee of $50 is payable on enrolment.