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The Montessori Cycle One Educational Program is a three-year program for 3 to 6 year old children, consisting of a minimum of eight terms, depending on the child’s age. As children generally commence primary school at 5 years of age, it is beneficial for them to complete at least two years at Maria Montessori Preschool.

Maria Montessori Pre-school run a 3 year old program, and a 4 year old kindergarten funded program providing 15 hours a week of early childhood education and care. The preschool year comprises four terms of approximately 10 weeks teaching, in accordance with Victorian Kindergarten Term Dates.

3 Year Olds

Koala Room

MORNING SESSIONS 9:00 am – 11:30 am Mon – Fri (12.5 hrs)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Mon – Fri (12.5 hrs)

Limited places for 3, 4 or 5 full days from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Additional sessions are subject to availability and are a commitment for the duration of the whole year.

Children attending full day sessions (6 hours per day) will have lunch and a relaxing/sleeping time (45 minutes or longer depending on each child’s needs) between the morning and afternoon session.

Parents are required to provide lunch for their children.

4 Year Olds

From 2013, the Department of Education and Training (DET) requires all preschools / kindergartens to provide 15 hours per week of education to four year old children.

Session times for four year old children are:

Wombat Room

ROSELLA GROUP (15 hrs/week)
Mon (6 hrs)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wed (6 hrs)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fri (3 hrs)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

KOOKABURRA GROUP (15 hrs/week)
Tue (6 hrs)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thur (6 hrs)
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fri (3 hrs)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Additional Days for 4 Year Olds:

We understand that the working commitments of some families require more than the 15 hours. Additional days may be offered subject to availability. If you are interested in your child attending days in addition to the allocated group please let us know. Additional requested days are a commitment for the duration of the whole year.

After Preschool Care

Maria Montessori Preschool provides “After Preschool Care” for the children attending the Maria Montessori Preschool until 4.00 pm.

Please note that whilst the “After Preschool Care” is a high quality program, it is not part of your child’s Montessori education.

Our Aim

• To provide a safe, caring and stimulating environment
• To provide an exciting Early Years Learning Framework curriculum which includes all aspects of the social, intellectual, emotional, physical and recreational needs and interests of all children.

HOURS (3 YEAR OLDS) 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mon – Fri

HOURS (4 YEAR OLDS) 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mon – Thur