Montessori Schools: What Are They And Where To Find Them In Sydney

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The Montessori Method of education is a child-led approach that focuses on cultivating the child’s natural instincts and eagerness to learn. The coveted education method is considered an alternative and far more holistic approach to schooling based on scientific observation, rather than the standardised, collective version. It fosters children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive wellbeing and allows students to initiate their own learning in a supportive environment, rather than follow a fixed national curriculum.

In short, the Montessori approach actively supports the development of the whole human being. 

The Philosophy

Way ahead of her time, The Montessori Method is a global philosophy that has been in practice for over a century. It was developed by pioneering Italian physician Maria Montessori in the early 1900s, based on her research and a profound understanding of child development. Bolstered by her tireless advocacy of social reform and commitment to campaigning for the human rights of children, the unique approach to education inspires children to follow their own internal compass, embrace a love of learning and hold a framework they can follow beyond their schooling years to make a change in the world. 


The Method

Following their natural developmental trajectory and innate curiosity and passion for learning, children flourish into confident learners, who trust in their abilities. All they need is a dedicated, purposeful environment for this to take place. With expert guidance, Montessori classrooms include mixed age groups and provide opportunities to engage in spontaneous, practical activities so children can learn and grow at their own pace. Children are encouraged to take as long as they need with flexible, uninterrupted periods of work. They are self-led, active participants in their learning journey through exploration and collaboration, acquiring fundamental self-discipline and social development along the way. They learn to independently correct their mistakes and respect their own and others' individual personality.


In Action At Northside

The globally-adopted Montessori philosophy, that follows the natural developmental path of the child, has been put into practice in schools across Australia.

Northside Montessori is a co-educational, non-denominational school in Sydney offering outstanding education in a vibrant community from preschool to year 6. Children are nurtured holistically to help them follow their own curiousness and foster their own interests. Individualised and independent learning is supported by mixed age classes, where collaborative work, hands-on activities and endless inspiration are a part of their everyday experience. Through this philosophy of freedom and responsibility, they develop an innate passion for learning and mature into happy, social, creative and confident young people.

Northside Montessori

Montessori Schools

In Australia, Montessori education is available for children of all ages with more than 22,000 children enrolled in schools and centres nationwide. They deliver a shared objective to facilitate the development of academic, social, practical and life skills in children, helping them to mature into truly capable and productive individuals so they can go on to make a positive and lasting impact on society.

Some Montessori Schools across Sydney:


Preschool: Stepping Stones Turramurra
Primary School: Northside Montessori School Pymble


Preschool: Pearl Montessori Early Learning Centre North Bondi
Primary School: Montessori East Bondi


Preschool: Sydney Montessori School Gymea
Primary school: Southside Montessori School Riverwood

Inner West

Preschool: The Athena School Newtown
Primary school: Inner Sydney Montessori School Balmain

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