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FAQs about Montessori Long Day Care

Children have the freedom to choose work independently or can be guided by staff to select developmentally appropriate activities if necessary.
We have equipment made of real and natural materials rather than plastic toys.
While your child is still developing an understanding of the world and the difference between what is real and what is not, we refrain from fantasy.
Your child’s satisfaction and happiness is derived from their joy of learning, the success of achievement and the mastery of real skills.  We do not provide temporary and external rewards such as stickers and copious adult praise.
Your child becomes more content, more self-satisfied as a result.Members of our current community have come to us from other more traditional long day cares, attracted by this respectful, harmonious environment.
It can take time for any child to settle in any long day care environment and the length of time can differ greatly between children. In accordance with Montessori principles, our children are not forced or rushed but are given the space and time to acclimatize themselves to their surroundings and build trust with their educators.  We find that children who attend three or more days each week settle more quickly.
The day is structured to provide a dedicated 2-3 hour Montessori work cycle, where children work with and are presented Montessori materials and lessons by trained Montessori educators. Routines like nappy changing, meal times, sleep & rest times as well as structured and spontaneous outdoor play also form part of each day.
Our delicious meals are provided by Kids Gourmet Foods, caterers devoted exclusively to providing great quality food to child care centres, kindergartens and pre-schools. All of your child’s food requirements during the day are provided by Kids Gourmet Foods, including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Food is fresh and creative and varies with the age of the child. Menus rotate on a 6 week basis and special dietary conditions are catered for. We are a nut free centre.
In Montessori Long Day Care, children sleep on comfortable padded floor beds instead of in cots. This encourages the child to be independent and gives them the freedom to sleep when their body demands it, instead of being dependent on an adult. Cots are only used for the purposes of evacuation for fire drills and emergencies.
The educator to child ratios are 1:4 under 2 yrs, 1:5 under 3 yrs and 1:10 over 3 yrs per the NSW Department of Education and Communities guidelines.
Your daily fees include nappies, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, formula if appropriate and milk.
Yes. Stepping Stones is an Approved Centre for the Child Care Rebate. You will need to provide us with your CRNs and updated ACIR statements to be eligibile.

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


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

Maria Montessori


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


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


Movement is another of the child’s great acquisitions.

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


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