Centre Philosophy

    Learning, Living and Loving Montessori



Aroha literally translates into unconditional love and this underpins our philosophy in the love of learning and love for the children.

We provide a learning environment combining the educational philosophy, principles, and practices of Dr Maria Montessori and her specialised materials along with those outlined in Te Whāriki, the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum. We are committed to the Montessori Journey to Excellence – Te Ara Ki Huhahuhanga which focusses on learning outcomes for tamariki.

We provide a prepared environment that nurtures a love and respect for the natural world. We use environmentally sustainable practices and principles to ensure we are kiatiaki o Papatuanuki (caretakers of Mother Earth). Through enacting our love and respect, tamariki, and future generations, will experience a love and joy of exploring all natural living things.

We will give all children the opportunities to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We celebrate our culturally diverse community and acknowledge our tamariki as global citizens of the world.

We operate in an open and collaborative partnership with parents/whānau to develop individual programmes along with their goals and aspirations for their children/tamariki. 

We are committed to awakening the child’s curiosity, foster a love of learning and to inspire, guide, assist, encourage and support each child to develop independence, creativity and confidence.

At Aroha Montessori we are dedicated to ensuring children are prepared for school and for life. Through the use of grace and courtesy lessons, and social interactions, we nurture the individual potential of each child to create an atmosphere of peace, generosity, order and co-operation in which all children can thrive.

“It is true, we cannot make a genius; we can only give each individual the chance to fulfil his potential possibilities to become an independent, secure, and balanced human being.” Dr Maria Montessori

Last reviewed: Jun 2016