BestStart Montessori Mosgiel

Montessori Mosgiel provides a safe, loving and understanding environment where strong relationships and confidence building are at the heart of learning. We provide ‘real-life’ opportunities for children to practice and develop the skills necessary to be successful in life and active contributors to our community.

Our Vision - Learning for Independence

Relationships - BestStart Montessori Mosgiel has strong relationships with our families, working together to provide the best possible outcomes for every child. Our practices and environment reflect the aspirations and desires of our tamariki (children), whᾱnau and kaiako (teachers).

Community Focus - Our centre is the only Montessori centre in the Taieri area, we hold true the values taught by Maria Montessori to extend and develop children’s knowledge and experiences of the world around them and encourage them to be active participants in the community. Children engage in a variety of excursions and community initiatives that help to develop their awareness of others.

Leading their learning – It is important to us that your child is confident and eager to learn, children lead their own learning journey at their own pace, with the support and guidance of our teachers. Tamariki develop learning theories and become active contributor to the community. They are independent and responsible for themselves, each other and our environment. We cherish a planned Montessori environment and provide the tools to inspire tamariki, who actively engage with the work available to them - “The mind remembers what the hand does”.

Inclusive – We make sure that our learning environment provides equal opportunities for all children regardless of their ability or culture. Our teachers think outside the square and adapt to suit the needs of all children.

We have wonderful nurturing, qualified staff who do what they love!

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (03) 489 0434 /  mont.mosgiel@best-start.orgYou might be eligible for support paying their childcare fees. For more information click here

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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Quality Service Award 2023

kind words from our parents


My daughter has thrived in the centre environment – she is articulate, into all sorts of activities and consistantly talking to me about her day, mentioning her two best buddies. She is going to benefit from the forward thinking of the teachers and centre management at Montessori Mosgiel and move into a new environment which will continue to nurture her growth and development, at her natural stages. The pre-school is one that I recommend highly and will continue to do so. I am proud to say that my daughter attends there and the schooling and environment that is provided for the children is excellent.


My son is thriving here and loves to come and see the staff and other children. I love coming to pick him up when children are singing and dancing. I completely trust the staff with my son and would recommend Montessori Mosgiel to friends and family. Keep up the good work.


Amazing staff who are so attentive, caring, nurturing and supportive. My most favourite part of my day is picking my wee boy up and seeing how happy he is there.


Because my daughter loves going so much so I had to bump up from 2 days a week to 3 days a week. She has gotten so much more independent yet helpful with our daily routine, she is always asking to help. She has also really come out of her shell and blossomed so much into a talkative, social and kind little girl.


The teachers at BestStart Montessori Mosgiel are absolutely so approachable and considerate and just want the best for your child. I am happy that my child is in a safe warm environment .


So impressed with BestStart Mosgiel, each and every staff member has been amazing and made us feel incredibly welcome. Would not hesitate to recommend to other friends with little ones!


All the staff are incredible, the facility is lovely and my children are both very happy. I’d give a 20/10 mark if I could.


We are extremely impressed with the level of care our son is given by Montessori Mosgiel. His early learning experiences are coloured by fun and warmth because of the personalities of his teachers and we are very happy with the work and play he is offered in the Koru room.


BestStart Montessori Mosgiel are an extension of our family. The kids all love going and are so loved there.


Promoting health and well-being

Tamariki are naturally motivated to move their bodies

The Little Yellow Digger Visits Montessori Mosgiel

We have been lucky enough to get some work completed on updating our outdoor learning spaces at Montessori Mosgiel.

Kiwi Room is growing Mushrooms!

We are lucky to have Jack's Dad, Ben, come in and talk to us about the Mushrooms that he grows and sells to local restaurants as well as Grow Your Own Mushroom Kits.