Our Philosophy

The aim of Totara Hill Montessori is to provide quality education in a small and homely environment. We provide the children with a rich outdoor environment and take them on walks to connect them with nature.


Small class numbers encourage intimate quality relationships between teachers and children, fostering a sense of belonging.


Consistency is ensured because we are owner operated.  The preschool's fully qualified teachers share a commitment to providing quality education.


Parent evenings are held once a term, and introductory evenings are held twice a year.  We also facilitate parent teacher meetings as well as social events.  All of these activities and events combine to help develop relationships, strengthen links with the home environment and maintain a vibrant preschool community.


Families are asked to commit to attending these events so they can have the time to share stories of their child's journey with other parents.  This parent participation really nurtures a feeling of belonging.  It's an important part of creating a safe, trusting environment where we can all share our experiences and our commitment.


Our programme is based around the principles of the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum Te Whāriki incorporating
Whakamana (Belonging), Kotahitanga (Holistic Development), Whanau Tangata (Family and community) and Hga Hononga (Relationships).

We are committed to working alongside local Maori and to including Te Reo as an important and integral part of our curriculum. We really enjoy celebrating the biculturalism and multi-culturalism of Aotearoa.



"The environment itself will teach the child, if every error he makes is manifest to him, without the intervention of a parent or teacher, who should remain a quiet observer of all that happens."

Maria Montessori