KIN means family—and we are here for yours.
This is why the Montessori East Under 3 program is called KIN.
It's for you and your child.
So come into our play space, let your child explore while you discover a new way of seeing everything through their eyes ... a whole new world of parenting awaits you.
For the child.
Face-2-Face is our child-centred program. Your child works independently in our play space while you observe from a comfy cushion, learning the Montessori approach to parenting.
For the parent.
When face-to-face is not possible, our new virtual parenting program continue to help parents. And you can book a private consultation for added support. Whatever you need, we find ways to be there for you.
KIN Term 4 Program.
Term 4 Dates: Tuesday 13 October - 10 December
Cost: $495 (8 weeks)
Session 1: 9:00-10:30 am starts with Part A and ends with Part B.
Session 2: 10:00-11:30 am starts with Part B and ends with Part A.
* No makeup sessions are available for this term.
Currently we are only running weekly sessions for 18 months+. The sessions for children under 18 months will be released once the current offering is full, so watch this space.
KIN@Home Parenting Program (October-December).
Our KIN@Home program for parents and children aged 0-18 months is the perfect way to start learning about the Montessori philosophy and how to implement it at home. The focus of this part of the Under 3 program is in the role of the parents and caregivers as we share knowledge on how to facilitate your child's development.
Live Parenting Masterclasses Online.
Purchase classes individually, or get a Limited Pass to attend all four and save 5%.
If you can't make the classes on their live dates, get the Unlimited Pass to watch the recordings PLUS get access to all the other class videos from previous terms in our library.
Understanding Sharing and Facilitating Conflict Resolutions with young children
22 October, 8-9pm
Most of the conflicts at the playground or at home are usually around the idea of sharing. Sharing can be tricky, and for toddlers it is almost impossible. Learn some tips on how to help your child learn to 'share' in a way that is developmentally appropriate and peaceful.
Anxiety and the Young Mind
5 November, 8-9pm
Learn the difference between fear and anxiety, the common sources of anxiety for young children and understand the vicious cycle that anxiety can create. We will also go through strategies on how to overcome anxiety for both you and your child.
Windows of Development:
Recognising the sensitive periods and making them count
19 November, 8-9pm
Sensitive periods allow your child to learn new things quicker and easier than at any other time of their life. Learn what to look out for so that you do not miss these key learning opportunities.
Discipline and the Young Child:
The forgotten first steps.
3 December, 8-9pm
There are some key things to do before we can discipline our children. Sometimes these steps are forgotten and lead to power struggles between you and your child. Learn the key initial steps to take that will make a difference that will strengthen your relationship with your child and make discipline easier.
Masterclass Package $120
Four Live Online Masterclasses, each one includes:
- 1 hour Live Zoom Event.
- 30 min Masterclass.
- A Session with a panel of Montessori Experts.
- Talk notes and other educational links will be emailed to you following the class.
- Access to the recordings of the masterclasses.
- Access to the talk notes and educational resources.
- Access to the KIN library until 31 December 2020
KIN Parenting Guidance.
Do you have some parenting questions that you need real, practical advice? Are you tired of being judged by the parenting forums out there and still not know the answer to your question. Our consults can be done from the privacy of your home at a time that is convenient to you. And you don't have to wait till your baby is born to get help. We have a qualified post-partum doula who can support and guide you before baby arrives and teach you how to look after yourself during pregnancy and the first 40 days after birth to create a safe space.
Consultations (Parenting and/or Pregnancy)
(1 for $80 or 3 for $180)
- 30-minute private consultations via phone or Zoom
- Choose between pregnancy advise or early parenting tips
- Book a time that is convenient for you
- Have someone on the line while you're in the comfort of your own home.
- Pregnancy consults make a lovely baby shower gift.
Get the best of KIN.
Attend our masterclasses and get the added support and guidance of private consultations.
KIN Bundle $330
- 3 x 30-minute private consultations via phone or Zoom with one of our Under 3 experts.
- Unlimited access to this term's Live Online Masterclasses includes:
- 4 x 30-minute Zoom classes
- Q&A session after each class.
- Talk notes
- Access to Masterclass Plus for one term.
- All videos in the KIN online library. Videos include Routines vs Schedules, Meaningful Connections, Toileting and Creativity as well as over 15 Home Set Up videos.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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."
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.
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.
Groups of students plan and carry out their own investigative excursions, building life skills and independence, while learning about particular topics.
This is pursued through group projects around the school, as part of the local community, or even further afield. See Community.
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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Courses at SMTC in 2021.
Sydney, Melbourne and Online
AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma
Block Mode/Part-time, Online and Face-to-Face
AMI Montessori 6-12 Orientation Certificate
AMI Montessori 3-6 Orientation Certificate
AMI Montessori 0-3 Orientation Certificate