FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In a Montessori prepared environment, the morning is based on an uninterrupted 3-hour work cycle. In our environment this commences at 9am.
It is a time when children can act spontaneously within their classroom, following their inner drives and interests.
During the work cycle, our guides present materials and concepts, and observe the children as they explore and interact with the environment.
It is our priority to protect this time from disruption and develop reverence when we are in the service of the child.
The creation of this space gives each child the opportunity to realize their potential.
All children commence stage 1 doing the “Transitional Program” half days from 9-12pm. These are consecutive days in your chosen community.
By the age of 4 your child, in most cases, should have grown into their full days.
However, as each child is different, the decision to increase the length of a child’s day is considered in depth by our guides, including if your child is:
• coping with separation
• choosing materials independently and packing them away
• following simple instructions
• coping with the morning work cycle without becoming tired
• able to pack their bag and care for their belongings independently
• using the toilet independently
• is not showing signs of tiredness
• feels comfortable and at “home’’ within the environment.
The Montessori journey is not just for your child. It is an opportunity for your whole family to learn and grow together.
When you feel connected with the environment, your child will inevitably feel the same way.
You can help them by:
• bringing them to school for the beginning of the “work cycle” so they can fully participate in the work cycle and respect other children’s work cycle
• read any information sent out and do your own research on the Montessori philosophy
• get involved in parent information and discussion groups
• understand the purpose of the minimum days and transitional requirement within their chosen community
• commit to a 3-year cycle from the age of 3-6 to ensure you child has a complete experience
• trust the journey with your child within the Montessori Environment is unfolding in ways not always seen by you but experienced, often profoundly, by your child.
Attending Sakura together with your child is an opportunity for you both to feel comfortable as you begin the journey into schooling.
Once you start the program, you as parents/guides are role models for the children.
Your presence can help to create a peaceful space for the children, one that in time will begin to feel like “home”.
Your role in the space is to observe the magic of your child as they choose and complete each piece of work. It is beautiful opportunity for you to witness their abilities.
Transitioning into Stage 1 depends on a number of factors including availability, readiness, and family commitment.
Our guides consider a child’s readiness carefully before they can transition into Stage 1. Some of the readiness signs we observe and look for are the ability to;
• go to the toilet on their own (we understand that assistance may be required with wiping bottoms)
• pack their own bag
• close their own bag
• unpack their own bag
• walk up the path from the car park holding your hand or walking safely (not being carried)
• carry or wheel their own bag from the car
• dress themselves every morning- wearing simple easy clothing they can get on and off themselves
• choose their own clothes from limited choices
• put their own shoes on and off
• use all the containers (i.e. open and close) in their bag
• open and fill their drink bottle
• be involved in preparing their own snack and lunch (bringing a supply of forks, and knives to school if needed)
• follow instructions in class to the best of their ability
• choose a piece of work and put this back when complete.
You can help them prepare for Stage 1 by:
- ensuring they have a place to put their bag, drink bottle and hat at home
- creating time to observe your child in the home and encouraging independence.
In NSW children are to be enrolled in school by their 6th birthday.
For children enrolled at The Central Coast Montessori Preschool the transition process is based on each child’s readiness. Since we respond to each child, this means the move may occur anytime between the ages of 5-and-a-half to 6-years-old, at any time during the year. The first step is to complete an expression of interest form and attendance at the Parent Information Session that is held 3 times a year.
For children transitioning from other non-montessori schools, how and when your child will begin to transition will be discussed during the application process.
For Preschool enrolments, from 1 January 2018 children who are unvaccinated due to their parent’s conscientious objection will no longer be able to attend preschool. A school cannot enrol a child in preschool unless the parent/guardian has provided an approved immunisation certificate that shows the child:
- is fully immunised for their age, or
- has a medical reason not to be vaccinated, or
- is on a recognised catch-up schedule if their child has fallen behind with their vaccinations.
Only approved Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) forms can be accepted.