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 years.

We strive to children with the best care and education and provide a fun and loving environment that helps children develop important life skills and a love of learning. We place a strong emphasis on creating a warm and friendly environment for children and families with a commitment to quality early childhood education.

“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.

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.

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 independence, self confidence, self esteem, leadership and general knowledge.

The greatest gifts that we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

– Maria Montessori.

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