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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    Thanks heaps for the info Jaq. Montessori sounds amazing, and exactly what I'm after. But there's no way I can afford $10,000 a year (the school here is the same price). I wish it was more affordable I'm really disappointed about the whole thing actually.
    Some state schools run Montessori philosophy based classes in NZ, maybe it's the same here? Call around and ask, it can't hurt.

    Our kids are going to a Steiner school (Ind.) and it's 8k all up for 2 kids per annum and runs up to Y12 (gets a bit more expensive as they age).

    I think the state should provide options for different schools to focus on different pedagogy.

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    I taught at a Montessori Childcare in Brisbane and as a parent am so discusted itis still classed as Montessori.
    There is nothing Montessori about the way they are run. It sort of looks it to walk in there but no one was formaly trained and the centre had the Montessori name but was not actually Montessori accredited.

    Please be careful if you want to start prier to School age and use a childcare centre. research and really know what to look for and what questions to ask before going and checking it out. If they cant answer you direct and show paperwork to back there montessori training up then there probably full of POO.

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    One year later and we have decided to definitely go ahead with Montessori (if we are satisfied with the tour) We have our school tour & classroom observation this week, very excited

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    Oh yay! I've just enrolled 2 year old in their toddler program and I am obsessed in it! My sister is moving her 8 year old over next year - please me know everything as I will definitely be sending DS to stage 1, also the one here in Sydney is 5 days a week for 3 year olds 9am-12pm - is that the same for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Oh yay! I've just enrolled 2 year old in their toddler program and I am obsessed in it! My sister is moving her 8 year old over next year - please me know everything as I will definitely be sending DS to stage 1, also the one here in Sydney is 5 days a week for 3 year olds 9am-12pm - is that the same for you?
    Yep, 9am-12pm Mon-Fri for 3-4.5year olds (called "Junior School" here). DS will be starting early next year, so will be 3.5. I was surprised at the starting age at first, but it's age appropriate and only a few hours each morning. The children are able to move on to the full day program at any stage if they are ready, but age 4.5 is the general recommendation apparently.

    I'm curious to observe the classroom!

    I will let you know how it goes

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    I'm impressed just with the toddler room! The kids are amazing, 2 year olds getting their plates, knives, forks out , eating their snacks then go over and wash up their plates, dry them and put them back!
    I did the whole school tour last week with my sister, just amazed , the kids were all so just wonderful, the philosophy and teaching style is just so spot on!

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    I agree. I have been doing sooooo much research on the philosophy and style of learning lately and I'm very happy with it Hopefully I'm just as happy after the tour!

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    Let me know after you go! I'm such a nerd I was taking notes the whole time as everything the principle was saying was so interesting! Do they wear uniforms at your Montessori ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Let me know after you go! I'm such a nerd I was taking notes the whole time as everything the principle was saying was so interesting! Do they wear uniforms at your Montessori ?
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    Hmm I don't think they do wear a uniform, but I'm not entirely sure. There are no uniforms in the gallery pics and I think Montessori schools generally have free dress? I'll see this week I guess!

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