Welcome to Montessori at Otari Preschool and Playgroup

Our vision is to nourish the human spirit to create a better world.

We do this by supporting the holistic development of each child who attends our Playgroup (ages 0 – 3) and / or Preschool (ages 3 – 6).

We offer high quality, authentic Montessori Early Childhood education, with well trained, experienced and friendly staff. The Preschool follows the principles and practices of the Montessori philosophy as well as those outlined in Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. Read more about us

How we will achieve our vision

  • supporting the holistic development of each child (physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual);
  • encouraging each child to be a life- long learner with the confidence to positively contribute in their community;
  • providing high quality,  authentic Montessori Early Childhood education, with well trained and experienced staff;
  • applying  MANZ guiding principles, closely woven to TeWhariki , honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi and incorporating the Virtues Project;
  • promoting the biculturalism of Aotearoa and embracing the cultural diversity of our unique community;
  • facilitating the involvement of our whanau, staff, Council, Otari Primary school and the wider community to foster positive, respectful relationships


Values provide the basis for decision-making and reflect the special nature of the Montessori-at-Otari Preschool, its teaching staff, children and wider community.  Our values are based on those set out by Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand.

  1. A lifelong love of learning
  2. Respect of self, others and the environment
  3. Freedom balanced with responsibility
  4. Creativity and individuality
  5. Honesty and humility
  6. Embracing diversity and peace
  7. Celebrating the joy of discovery

Montessori Education

The Montessori philosophy advocates the holistic development of the child. It is based on a belief in the child's innate potential. Montessori education from the earliest years will prepare your child for life by encouraging:

  • independence 
  • concentration
  • coordination
  • self esteem
  • inner motivation
  • respect for each other
  • respect for their environment
  • a love of learning

Read more about our philosophy.

'Free the child's potential, and you will transform them into the world.' Maria Montessori


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