Parents and the Children’s House
At Montessori Preschool we acknowledge the importance of family and engage parents in the following ways:
- Encouraging two way feedback between families and our staff at drop off, pick up or a pre-arranged meeting;
- Providing parents formal and informal opportunities to observe their children in the Montessori environment;
- Inviting new and existing families to parent educational events to improve their understanding of our materials and curriculum;
- Recognising when families may need to make referrals to appropriate agencies as required;
- Inviting parents to be active participants in special events, excursions and incursions;
- Inviting parents to be involved in the preparation of meals as volunteers.
We recognise that real partnerships between families and educators support successful learning outcomes for children. The Montessori philosophy recognises children thrive when parents and educators work together in supporting the development of the child. Our centre actively supports parent involvement.
“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms”
Parents are encouraged to be involved in the Preschool Centre as much as possible, taking into consideration busy work schedules. Your involvement in the Centre sends an important message to your children that you value and care about them, their Centre, their learning and their community. We encourage you to be part of our Centre’s community by engaging in any of the following activities:
- Attend parent information events which play an important role in educating parents about the philosophy and practice of Montessori and other areas of interest;
- Come into our classrooms to share any relevant experience like a particular profession or culture during specific events;
- Help us to make specific areas of interest materials with other interested parents;
- Organise class parent social events;
- Encourage your child to collect items of interest from your home or travels which they might like to share;
- Bring in your home grown fresh produce for use in our kitchens or to share with the other families;
- Drop in on our excursions and incursions.
“A child, more than anyone else, is a spontaneous observer of nature”