BestStart Montessori Johnsonville

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BestStart Montessori Johnsonville is a two classroom preschool caring for children aged 2-6 years old in Johnsonville, near Onslow College. Our fully qualified and Montessori trained teachers have a passion for working with young children, encouraging them to fulfill their learning potential in ways that best suit the individual needs of your child.

Peaceful Connected Global learners

PEACE is at the heart of what we do and encompasses Independence, Respect, Tuakana Teina, a Caring Community and Professional Development. This philosophy leads everything we do.  

IndePendence: Children are encouraged to think and do for themselves and to take responsibility for their own actions so they can become capable adults.

RespEct: Children develop confidence as they learn how to respect  themselves, each other and the environment.

TuakanA Teina: Our mixed aged classrooms enable children to learn from each other, support each other, and value learning.

Caring Community: Initial centre visits are followed by a home visit by the lead teacher before each child starts. This begins each child’s journey of learning, and enables us to begin to truly understand the aspirations you have for your child.

Professional DevElopment: Our team of professionals are well trained and experienced and receive regular and ongoing opportunities for further education.

Building Peaceful Learners - We are a small family based preschool with only 18 children in each of our 2 classrooms. This enables us to really get to know our families well and offer each child a real personal relationship with teachers. We have large classrooms, providing children with lots of space which our parents always comment on. 

Our classroom environments have an aura of peace and tranquility. Children are free to choose to work in whatever area of the curriculum interests and excites them. Children learn a deep understanding of respect for themselves, others and the equipment they use.

Our outdoor environment is natural and well maintained. We have areas of grass that the children mow, trees to climb, sandpits and water features for the children to explore. We have fruit trees, flowers and vegetable gardens that we nurture and harvest when they are ready.

Building connected learners – Our children are connected first and foremost to their families and culture, then their school, their community and their environment. Family aspirations are combined with childrens interests and our knowledge of child development and woven together to create a specialised individual programme for everyone.

Building Global learners - Our diverse, multicultural preschool has children from all around the world, meaning children become familiar with many languages. We encourage families to help us create a place where everyone feels welcome and where family values and experiences are important.

Kaukau Adventures - We are part of wider society and every week 8 different children go on a walk to Mount Kaukau. These excursions are child driven and enable them to explore and investigate a special part of our environment. Children learn to recognise the native plants in our environment, take care of our environment by picking up rubbish, they learn to love and respect this special part of Wellington. Children experience peace in this environment, learn how they are connected to this environment, understand how they are part of the whole of this land of Aotearoa.

Preparation for school - Our programme supports each child’s abilities as they move to primary school, providing the skills they need to transition successfully. Our practical life and sensorial programme gives children many opportunities to develop their self-care skills, practice fine and gross motor skills, develop core strength, and be able to sort, match and compare within their sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.

Our geography and science areas provide children with a global understanding of the world around them and the opportunity to explore, discover and be enthralled in the natural world. Our literacy and numeracy programme gives children the experiences they need to learn to read, write, and understand mathematical concepts.

We support children whether they leave us at age 5 or 6 by providing them with a broad range of experiences to enable them to become confident peaceful global learners.

We were rated in the top 5 preschools in Wellington, click here to find out more!

More about Montessori

Besides being presented in a structured way, language is always present in a Montessori classroom. Children are encouraged to ask questions, have discussions, make discoveries and have a sense of curiosity in the world around them.

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Building capable learners at BestStart Montessori Johnsonville
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Sunflower Room
Quality Service Award 2023


Learning about our teeth

We pride ourselves in working with whanau to meet their child's individual needs

Making Sense Of Our Local Area

What better way to learn about our local area than to use all our senses

Welcome to our sand pits

Our front garden has two small rock lined sandpits tucked in between the trees