Kalker Montessori Preschool is a leading provider of early childhood education in Victoria – recognised as “Exceeding National Quality Standards” by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and registered within Montessori Australia Foundation’s Quality Assurance Program. Established in 1977, we have a long history of nurturing and developing children in their formative years.
Our name acknowledges the work of Mrs Jean Kalker in promoting Montessori education in Victoria. We purchased and moved to our current Bulleen-based facility in 1986.
Kalker Montessori Preschool is committed to providing a learning environment of the highest quality using Montessori philosophy and principles as the foundation of our practice. We recognise your child’s potential for learning and our Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) trained educators plan and implement a program which focuses on achieving outcomes which develop your whole child.
All of our Montessori Directors hold a relevant Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma.
This training is internationally recognised and was established by Dr Maria Montessori herself to ensure her work continued. The AMI Diploma is all classroom based, involving face to face lectures and demonstrations of presentations of all Montessori materials. Students undertake extensive observations and practice teaching in AMI Montessori classrooms. To complete the requirements of the Diploma, students sit written theory exams and practical exams.
Opportunity for education at our Centre in Bulleen begins with our Early Learners’ program, catering for children aged 2.25 to 3 years. Children may also commence in one of our Preschool program groups, which are multi-age with children between 3 and 5 years.
In the Preschool program, younger children are stimulated by, and model their behaviour upon, that of the older ones. The latter develop acceptance, patience and a caring attitude towards their juniors. A spirit of cooperation rather than competition is encouraged.
We plan our curriculum and programs to allow for each child to develop at his or her own pace, taking into account each child’s individual needs, capacity and interests.
Developing independence, self-discipline, concentration, pride in one’s own work, and respect for others and the environment are our underlying goals.
The Montessori Method recognises that language expands rapidly for a young child and therefore the environment is designed to cater for a child’s ‘explosion into language’. Our curriculum fosters oral language acquisition through many activities and experiences. The base of the activities is the use of phonics (the sounds of the letters) which is the starting point for a child’s reading and writing. When the child is ready, formal literacy activities are introduced. Similarly, a number of our classroom materials assist in developing numeracy and provide an underlying introduction to basic mathematical concepts.
Our Montessori Program Directors are less concerned with formal group direction than with providing individual guidance and stimulus.
Our approach is to ‘follow the child’ and plan and implement a program which focuses on each child’s individual needs and interests.
Our classroom environment is a peaceful room, with its occupants focused and concentrating on their chosen activities.
Our qualified educators observe and monitor each child’s progress offering help or guidance where needed.