Maria Montessori was a doctor of medicine, specializing in anthropology and psychiatry, who developed an educational approach based on scientific observation of the cognitive and psychological development of children at the start of the 20th century. The fundamental principle of her pedagogy is
« The child is not a vessel that you fill, but a spring that you let flow ».
It is about accompanying the natural development of children, to support them so that they can deploy all the forces that they already have within.
2 - 3 years
Help me to help myself
We are the only recognized Montessori Toddler Community in Geneva. We welcome children aged of 2 to 3 years old. We are currently asking for authorisation from 18 months old. Class is every morning 8h-12h. You can choose between 3, 4 or 5 mornings enrolment.
Through the different Montessori activities your child will be encouraged to do things by themselves, to grow in confidence and ability in their practical skills, to learn to take care of themselves and the environment around them, and to develop their communication and language skills in both English and French.
We focus on the development of movement, language, and independence, but also on building a sense of community where everyone is important and respected. Montessori toddlers learn the rules of grace and courtesy, to treat each other with compassion and to resolve conflicts peacefully.
The class room is thoughtfully designed to facilitate a toddler’s functional independence and to give her the freedom to move and is set up with all the materials according to the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).
Our nurturing community of trained teachers for children aged 2 to 6 years old is committed to helping your child learn the skills that will help him thrive now and in the future.
3 to 6 years
Our Children's House welcomes children aged 3 to 6 years old. We have a mixed age class which includes 1 year of preschool and1st and 2nd primary class. School is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8h-15h30. Preschool children can attend either just mornings 8h-11h45 or full days. 1st and 2nd primary aged children must attend full days.
Having created the foundations of their personality, three-year-old children arrive in the prepared environment ready to develop and perfect their abilities. They learn through real-life activities that support independence and self-efficacy; manipulation of objects to provide concrete sensorial experience and open-ended exploration leading to the refinement of their movements, sensory perceptions, language and the development of their intellect.
3 to 6-year-olds thrive through opportunities to follow their own interest, freely choose their own activities, develop their capacity for concentration, and engage at their own pace their emerging powers of reason, imagination, and sociability.
Materials and activities are designed to support self-directed discovery and learning. They are organized around Practical Life activities that develop both independence and social skills; Sensorial activities that refine sensory perception; the development of Spoken Language, Writing and Reading skills and Mathematical activities that develop fundamental mathematical concepts; as well as activities that reflect upon our human understanding of geography, history, biology, science, music, and the arts.
The Montessori training teachers guide the children along this journey, helping them become well-adapted individuals, ready to take a positive, pro-social place in their world.
After school care 3 to 6 years
For parents who are not able to pick their child up after school at 15h30 there is an extension to the day until 16h30. Children will be given an afternoon snack and a choice of games. The cost per month is CHF 220. There is also a flexible pass for 10 afterschool sessions for CHF 200. In this case parents must let us know in the morning if their child is staying for afterschool care that day.
3 to 6 years
Class is for children aged 3 to 6 years from beginners to anglophones. Activities include games, stories, movement, songs and music, art projects and outside play. The aim of our class is that your child has stimulating and fun activities in English. For beginners they will become interested and confident in an English environment, for those children already fluent in English it is a time to have fun, develop friendships and support their English knowledge. Class is on a Wednesday morning from 8h30 to 12h00 and afternoon 13h to 16h30. Children must be toilet independent to participate. Please find here the information and enrolment form :