Under 3 Program.

KIN means family—and we are here for yours.


The KIN under 3 program is for you and your child. 


Join our KIN Face2Face Program and let your child explore while you discover a new way of seeing the world through their eyes.

KIN Face2Face Program.

We currently offer programs for three age groups.

* There are no makeup sessions this term. One adult per child is permitted in the play space. No siblings with the exception of twins.

Infant program (6–12 months)

  • 7 x 1 hour weekly group session
  • 1 x nature walk 
  • 1 x 30 minute private session
  • 3 months access to On Demand Video Library 
  • 2 x 30 min masterclasses + live Q&A

Beginners program (12–18 months)

  • 7 x 1 hour weekly group session
  • 1 x nature walk
  • 1 x 30 minute private session 
  • 3 months access to On Demand Video Library 
  • 2 x 30 min masterclasses + Q&A

Toddler program (18 months – 3 years)

  • 8 x 1.5 hour weekly group session
  • 1 x nature walk Sunday 20 March 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • 3 months access to On Demand Video Library 
  • 2 x 30 min online masterclasses + Q&A

Make a booking today

Download our KIN welcome pack


COMING SOON: Pre-Natal and Birth-6 months Programs

KIN @ Home 

We have a wonderful array of Montessori tools that will support you on your Montessori journey. Learn more about the Montessori philosophy and implement what you learn at home. 

Package includes:


Download the KIN@Home brochure

To enquire about full access to our masterclass and on demand library please contact us at under3@montessori.nsw.edu.au

Our Under 3 Experts.

Under the gentle guidance of Raji and Tea, your pregnancy and early parenting journey is sure to be on the right path. Their patience and wealth of knowledge puts any anxious parent at ease and you will have the confidence and headspace to nurture and enjoy raising your little ones.

Tea Bezos

An AMI qualified teacher, Tea holds a Bachelor of Education from UNSW and Masters in Educational Administration. Prior to finding Montessori, Tea worked as a primary and high school teacher for 10 years. After having her first child she looked into alternative teaching models. She started working with Raji in 2014 where she discovered her passion for guiding young children and their families. In 2018, Tea completed her Assistance to Infancy Diploma and Post Partum Doula Course. Tea now runs the KIN 0-3 program.

Raji Sivapalin

A founding Montessori East teacher. She joined the school in 1988. An AMI qualified pre and primary school teacher from 0-12 years, she also holds a Bachelor of Teaching from Western Sydney University and a diploma as a postpartum doula. Raji is central to the school’s leadership team guiding and supporting the entire teaching staff. In addition, she established the KIN Parent and Child Education Centre in 2018 with the Under 3 program. As the school’s Education Leader, she regularly spends time in the classrooms with the teachers and children, sharing her wisdom and deep love for the children and Montessori education.

Pre-primary program
Cycle 1: 3-6 years.

The Children's House




"Especially at the beginning of life must we ... 
make the environment as interesting and attractive as we can." 

Maria Montessori


Modelled after Maria Montessori’s ‘Casa di Bambini’, the Children’s House focuses on developing specific skills in a carefully prepared environment that incorporates bespoke materials appealing to the child’s different sensory needs while developing specific skills.

Children move around choosing activities, having fun discovering and gradually learning self-sufficiency. Working at their own pace builds independence and social awareness, while gaining knowledge and skills.

It also promotes self-discipline and concentration.

The activities in Cycle 1 cover a broad curriculum and includes: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, and Mathematics and Culture.

Read about Cycle 1 in our blog

Enrol your child today

Primary school
Cycle 2 & 3:
6-12 years old.

Learning & Discovery Communities


"Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul."

Maria Montessori

Cycle 3

Primary school is a non-competitive space, with students often working in small groups rather than individually or as a class. Students are introduced to five overarching themes: astronomy and earth sciences; life sciences; social sciences; creative arts, literature; mathematics.

In contrast to mainstream primary schools where each classroom represents a single year of study, the primary school is divided into two types of classrooms: 6-9 year old students (Cycle 2) and 9-12 year old students (Cycle 3). Students spend three consecutive years in the same class with the same educators. The result is a richer, sustained community that evolves over time. Students enter as the youngest in the community, then over time take on the role of leaders and experts as they become the oldest.

In Cycle 2, students encounter more abstract ideas, from scientific to social, philosophical and psychological. This transition continues in Cycle 3 where much of the focus is on abstract ideas. Building on from Cycle 1 the classrooms still use concrete materials and hands-on activities to solve problems. 

Democratic Society.

Codes of conduct are discussed at weekly meetings to decide duties and responsibilities and resolve problems. Actively contributing through practical roles in maintaining the space is an important aspect of classroom participation.

The lessons in Cycle 2, 3 form part of the daily curriculum and are in accordance with the NSW Education Standards Authority. They fall into the key learning areas: Language, Mathematics, History & Geography, Science and Technology, Personal Development, Creative Arts, Social and Emotional Development. Read our blog to learn more about the primary program.

Cycle 2

Goings Out.

Groups of students plan and carry out their own investigative excursions, building life skills and independence, while learning about particular topics.

Community Engagement.

This is pursued through group projects around the school, as part of the local community, or even further afield. See Community.

High School.

A High School with Higher Ideals

Waitlist is now open.

You will receive pre-launch updates and be the first to receive pre-release enrolment forms.

Join the waitlist


High school


The new Montessori High School will provide a significantly different learning environment and culture to a conventional, mainstream high school.

Montessori East acknowledges the need for meaningful, sympathetic adolescent development as students explore their own identity, interpersonal relationships and their role in the world.

As a consequence, school will feel less traditional and more suited to the demands and opportunities of contemporary life.

Students will work collaboratively on real life projects; have personally tailored working plans; and specialist teachers experts in their field.

Our aim is that our students leave as good people: to carry a sense of wonder, discovery and social responsibility out into the world, equipped with all that Montessori independence, empathy and resilience necessary for life beyond the classroom.

The school will be separated into Middle School (years 7 - 10) and Academy (years 11-12).

The final two years will offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, accepted in NSW as an alternative to the Higher School Certificate.

The Montessori High School will be created in collaboration with Inner Sydney Montessori School.  

Teacher Training.

The Sydney Montessori Training Centre (SMTC) is one of the only training centres in Australia authorised to deliver Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori courses. AMI affiliated training centres are recognised internationally for their authenticity and quality.  

SMTC offers:

AMI Montessori Diploma Primary 

AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate Primary

AMI Montessori Foundation Course 

There are a number of other options for teacher training in Montessori both within Australia and overseas. Becoming an AMI Montessori trained teacher is a transformative life-long career where you are supported with professional mentoring, development and leadership training. Become an AMI Montessori trained teacher and apply for a role with us at Montessori East. contact admin@montessori.nsw.edu.au 

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