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About Stepping Stones

Philosophy

Stepping Stones Montessori Long Day Care is the first two stages (6mths to 3 years and 3 years to 5 years) of the education provided by Northside Montessori School up to 12 years of age. The educational continuum is founded on the Montessori philosophy and Montessori principles of education.

We operate from 7.30am to 6.00pm on 5 days a week for 48 weeks of the year to cater for the needs of parents who require care for their child due to their work or study commitments.

 

Our Affiliation with Northside Montessori School

Northside Montessori School operates a vibrant Montessori Toddler Program 6 mornings a week (including Saturday) in term time for children aged between 18 months and 3 years.   A parent or carer attends with each child and engages with the Montessori directress to gain an understanding of Montessori education and how it can be applied at home.  There is also opportunity to develop a sense of community between parents, children and directress.

The Northside Montessori School also has ACEQUA accredited preschool classes for children from 3 to 6 years as well as a fully accredited BOSTES Primary program from Kindergarten to year 6 (BOSTES is the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards).

Our Vision

To be a stimulating and engaging Montessori early childhood environment for every child to explore, play, learn and develop.

Our Mission

To develop each child into curious, confident, resilient & collaborative learners who are contributing members of our community.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the principles that we:

  • Use a Montessori approach to the learning and development of children
  • Create a sense of belonging where children can develop self-confidence, feel valued and connected to others and develop relationships
  • Respect children as competent, capable and active participants in their learning
  • Promote the triangle of child-educator-parent/carer and
  • Show the spirit of community and dignity for all

A child’s work is to create the man he will become. An adult works to perfect the environment but a child works to perfect himself.

Maria Montessori


Movement is another of the child’s great acquisitions.

Maria Montessori


Focus on the child’s needs within the context of family by recognising and responding to the unique influence that a family has in a child’s life; by working in partnership with families in meeting the child’s individual needs.

Maria Montessori


The child who has never learned to act alone, to direct his own actions, to govern her own will, grows into an adult who is easily led and must always lean upon others.

Maria Montessori


Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement,
the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.

Maria Montessori


The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment.

Maria Montessori


Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success.

Maria Montessori


A place of beauty,simplicity and order. A place where they feel secure to trust their own powers.

Maria Montessori