Set in a beautiful villa, nestled in the heart of Herne Bay and open from 7.30am - 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, parents can choose full time or part time care for their children.
Their Montessori programme offers a variety of daily activities to promote the holistic growth of your child (physical, social, emotional, academic). The team creates an atmosphere in which your child can develop respect for themselves, others and the environment. They believe each child is a unique individual with a vital role to play in the overall scheme of life on earth, and hope to instill the values of truth, peace, love and non-violence that will enable your child to make a positive impact on society.
Newly appointed Centre Manager Crystal Jones says, “My motto is working with families to create an excellent first school experience. I understand that when families and teachers work together, it allows the best learning outcomes for everyone.”
Crystal brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, having 21 years’ experience in Montessori and Early Childhood Education, 10 of those also spent teaching the method and lecturing at conferences around the world. A Canadian native, Crystal ran her own Montessori centre for six years, before having the opportunity to manage a centre in Tauranga. Following a stint in India and some time back in Canada, Crystal returned to New Zealand in July to take up her role as Centre Manager at BestStart Montessori Herne Bay.
Physical wellbeing plays an important role at BestStart Montessori Herne Bay and their outdoor environment changes to match the needs of the children. Teachers have the skills to improve fundamental movement skills: providing yoga, obstacle courses, games, regular walks, body awareness and enjoying the beautiful natural environment we have here in Auckland.
Each child’s learning is documented through Storypark, an online portfolio where family and friends can follow their educational journey within a secure online environment. Call or visit them at their beautiful centre to find out more.
BestStart Montessori Herne Bay, 44 Shelly Beach Road, Herne Bay, T: 09 378 8056, www.best-start.org