About Us

About Kalker Montessori Preschool

Kalker Montessori Centre is committed to ensuring that the health, safety and wellbeing of all children at the service is protected at all times, including those children with a disability. The Centre is also committed to providing a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal children and those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Established in 1977, Kalker Montessori Preschool purchased and moved to the current Bulleen facility in 1986. Our name acknowledges the work of Mrs Jean Kalker in promoting Montessori education in Victoria.

We are located off Thompsons Road, Bulleen, Melbourne on 0.5 hectares of land opposite Koonung Park, convenient to the Eastern Freeway (Melways ref Map 32, F10/11). View Map.

Our centre serves children aged from 2 years and 3 months   to 6 years of age from Bulleen and surrounding areas including Doncaster, Templestowe, Kew, Ivanhoe, Heidelberg, Camberwell, Balwyn, Fitzroy and Brunswick. We welcome children from all nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Click here, to view our enrolment policy.

We offer two main types of programs: Early Learners for children from 2-3 years and Preschool for children 3-5 years. After completion of the Preschool program children proceed to a variety of state and independent schools.

Our centre is not-for-profit and is run by a Committee of Management elected from its parent membership. Day to day operational management is undertaken by the Principal and Business Manager on behalf of the Committee.

Our mission is to develop the ‘whole child’ through high quality Montessori education programs.

Our Approach

We recognise children as successful, competent and confident learners.

We foster independence, concentration, inner-discipline, self confidence, respect and care for self, others and the environment.

Our AMI trained educators and Early Childhood staff are highly experienced and passionate about working with young children. They understand the importance of the child’s early years as being the foundation for the child’s future.

Our educators build nurturing and caring relationships with children in their groups, to ensure the overall wellbeing of each child.

Our harmonious, stimulating and attractive environment allows each child the freedom to develop and learn at their own pace, in accordance with their needs and interests, under the keen guidance of the Montessori Program Director.

Our classrooms are fully equipped with a complete set of age appropriate Montessori materials.