The Montessori Method of Education underpins the policies, procedures and practices of all aspects of our work with young children at Southbank Montessori Childcare Centre. The Montessori Method of Education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 –1952). The Montessori methodology has long enjoyed worldwide acceptance as a respected alternative educational approach.In December 2011, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) recognised the Montessori National Curriculum as an alternative national curriculum framework to be included on ACARA’s Recognition Register.The Montessori Method of Education provides an educational framework for children from pre-school to university age with principles and practice guidelines for educational environments for the four planes of development Dr. Montessori identified children pass through on their journey to adulthood.
The Montessori approach is supported by three distinct components.
- A Philosophy of Education
- A Methodology to Guide Educators
- A Set of Materials to Support the Translation of The Theory into Practice
At Southbank Montessori educators follow the principles and practices Montessori developed for Plane 1 of development and use the many different Montessori materials which correspond to this age group to provide inspirational environments for young children.
They see education as an “aid to life” as the natural development and interests of each child informs their interactions with young children.
The Early Years Learning Framework educational principles of Being, Belonging and Becoming are embedded in the practice of all educators at our Centre as holistic environments are prepared for, and professional practice reflected upon, in collaborative partnerships with families and children.
Southbank Montessori is committed to honouring and respecting the cultural diversity of all the families in the service. The Montessori methodology is well documented and supported by scientific research which has validated the insights made by this remarkable woman over a century ago.