Our mission is simple: to support the natural development of the child through Montessori education. To do this, we act as advocates, providing the voice for Montessori in Australia. We have a role as an industry body, a professional association, and a charity, providing tailored services to schools and centres, teachers, other professionals and parents within the Montessori sector.
School Listings on Our Site
All Montessori schools and centres in Australia are independently owned and operated not governed by Montessori Australia. We provide a listing of Montessori programmes on our website and encourage prospective parents to contact them directly. Those with the Montessori Registered™ logo have been assessed as part of the Montessori Quality Assurance Programme as running a quality Montessori programme. Those with the Montessori Australia logo have joined our membership programme.
The Montessori approach to education, inspires children towards a lifelong love of learning, by following their natural developmental trajectory. Children become confident, responsible, independent learners, who trust in their own abilities. The inclusivity and positive social development facilitated by the Montessori programme forms the basis for a persistent attachment to learning and knowledge.
Montessori classrooms provide a specially crafted learning environment where children are able to respond to their natural tendency to work. Children have an innate passion for learning, and the Montessori classroom encourages this by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
Dr Maria Montessori, a physician, anthropologist and pedagogue, developed her unique method of educating children over a professional career that spanned over fifty years. The Montessori approach was developed through intense scientific observation of children from many ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds from birth to maturity. It is based upon a deep understanding of child development.
In Australia, Montessori education is available for children of all ages with programmes offered for children as young as 8 weeks old to age 18, through early childhood education and care services, preschools and kindergartens, and primary and secondary schools. The number of Montessori schools in Australia is growing steadily with more than 300 schools and centres across the country. The majority of Montessori programmes are operated by not-for-profit, community-based associations, with an increasing number of privately-owned programmes and also programmes within the public school system.
Montessori programmes are also serving children and families in remote, indigenous Australian communities, where the Montessori philosophy unites with the culture and heritage of Indigenous Australians.