Ponsonby Montessori Kindergarten – Where education is a journey, not a race, and children learn how to learn.

We are open 08:00am to 05:30pm Mon-Fri all year except for public holidays and 4 weeks at Christmas/New Year

Young girl threading with wooden blocks. These beautiful wooden blocks offer extensive learning, as children threading they are conceptualizing ideas around shapes, different patterns and sequencing skills.

IMG_1276IMG_1322Ponsonby Montessori Kindergarten has served Grey Lynn, Ponsonby and the surrounding Auckland  community for over twenty years in a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We are a small nurturing centre licensed for 30 children over two years old. We deliver a holistic high quality Montessori programme in a friendly and engaging environment. A high teacher to child ratio caters to the individual needs of every child.  Trained and dedicated staff provide quality language models and develop reciprocal relationships. Extra curricula activities by experienced visiting tutors, a working garden and a modern playground contribute to your child receiving a quality education at PMK.

In July 2019 the Education Review Office (ERO) again found we were “very well placed to promote positive learning outcomes for children” and they will not need to review the service for another four years. Referring to the ERO website you will see this means they found that PMK is “consistently effective in promoting positive learning outcomes for children” and provides “high quality performance in relation to ERO’s evaluation indicators”. Check out the details in our latest ERO report here. To book a no obligation tour of our centre with our manager or assistant manager you may click on this link.

In March 2016 ERO published “Early mathematics: a guide for improving teaching and learning“. Based on our ERO review we were invited to contribute stories for this guide which highlighted effective practices in the teaching of mathematics. We are proud that our centre features on the cover and in pages 19 and 20 of the guide .

The Montessori philosophy offers a holistic environment where we use specialist equipment and practices to develop a child’s concentration and focus along with their literacy and numeracy skills while also assisting in developing self-management. Regular lessons in Music, Spanish, Cooking, te reo Maori and Yoga enhance our curriculum.  We also offer Kelly Sports to aid in the development of perceptual motor skills. These are the important foundations for young children as they begin their journey of learning for life.

The Montessori method and practices of education were developed and based on diligent and scientific observation of children’s holistic learning and development, therefore all children regardless of their social and cultural backgrounds will benefit from its well prepared specialised environment and equipment.

Some recent feedback (Feb 2019): “PMK has been the most amazing kindergarten, we have thoroughly enjoyed attending over the last two years. The staff become like family and are so invested in each child and their learning and making each child feel special.  They are excellent at preparing everyone for school and we realized that, once he started in year one that his number and alphabet knowledge and hand writing abilities were up to speed. The facilities are amazing and they are constantly updating and evolving their curriculum, activities, games and toys. We will miss all the children, families and staff – thank you once again for everything!”

Here’s what a happy PMK parent told us: Thanks so much for creating such a lovely centre you’ve done a wonderful job. I feel so confident leaving my daughter with the Ponsonby Montessori team – she always tells me about her day with such a happy expression on her face”.

And from another parent involved in education: “PMK is an enriching environment for pre-school children. It cares for and educates children in a holistic way. I felt that my child was treated as an individual and understood within the Kindergarten culture in a manner that was caring, educative and culturally attuned.  At the same time he was encouraged to listen, attend to others, and be cooperative. The emphasis on knowing who you are and where you come from in the world has secured his place in the world. PMK developed his awareness of community and capacity for collaboration. It was so exciting to see him flourish and grow into the school-ready child he is today”.