BestStart Arrowtown (formerly Montessori Arrowtown) is located in the heart of Arrowtown and offers Montessori inspired childcare and education for children aged 3 months to 6 years old. We're proud to be part of our community. We believe in making families part of our centre, creating opportunities for children to learn, understand and respect nature and diversity within our community.
The teaching team at BestStart Arrowtown are committed to providing high quality child care and education along with warm, friendly, fun, and stable environments in which children can explore and learn. Expectations for children’s behaviour are well established and adult’s positive guidance fosters children’s social and emotional competence. There is strong emphasis on developing self management skills, also children are self motivated learners and empowered by teachers to make choices.
The team at BestStart Arrowtown understand the importance of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and are all focused on providing the best care and education inspired by the Montessori philosophy and Te Whariki, our early childhood curriculum.
It is important for us to make families and whanau feel welcome respected and comfortable. We’d love you and your family to join us.
What makes us different:
- Weekly Adventurers Group - Our Adventurers regularly get out into our local community - children are given time to experience the wonders of life, to listen, to smell, to observe, to touch and to taste, to be outdoors and connect with the Earth, acknowledging they too play a part in the circle of life. Children are encouraged to be active explorers and go on adventures further developing their understanding of their local community and their world. This provides many opportunities for the children to explore freely, increasing their confidence, emotional competence, physical and social development.
- On your Marks active movement - Our teachers have trained with Sports Otago and run fundamental movement skill classes as part of our weekly programme.
- Baking and cooking with what we harvest from our gardens and fruit trees
- Throughout our centre we make links to Te Whariki, the NZ Early Childhood Curriculum, our Be School Ready initiative and Tataiako, cultural competence for teachers of Maori learners
“TELL ME AND I'LL FORGET, SHOW ME AND I MAY REMEMBER, INVOLVE ME AND I'LL UNDERSTAND" chinese proverb
kind words from our parents
A box of chocolates is hardly enough to acknowledge this, but you guys have one of the most important jobs in Queenstown, and you do it very well. It is always a great pleasure for me to see the genuine affection you all have towards the children, not just my boy but everyone. Its great to see.
Thank you so much for supporting Jack through a tough year of transition from the USA. It was so wonderful to find a school where his individual needs were recognised and his strengths developed. He learned and grew so much over the course of the year. Thanks for your hard work and dedication, we feel so grateful for your understanding and assurance.
Our son loves spending time with you all, and I have no qualms in dropping him off at Monti for the whole day.
What we're proud of
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Our Go Pink Party
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Arrowtown Community Spring Show
Both of BestStart Arrowtown's Bambini and Preschool classes entered into the Arrowtown Spring Show this year.READ MORE