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LONG DAY CARE AND KINDERGARTEN, A PROVEN ADVANTAGE

The AMIGA Montessori method of early learning is an internationally renowned and awarded structured learning model proven* to give children under five an advantage in reading, maths, English, creative writing, social skills, academic skills and the ability to problem solve and adapt.

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 COVID-19 UPDATE

September 2020 

 

[1] LOCKDOWN 2.0 

Victoria is currently in a second Lockdown, with restrictions limiting the people who are able to access Childcare during this time. In essence, only families that are working in an essential service, and who cannot care for their children at home, as well as families’ with vulnerable or at risk children, may access Care at this point in time.

 

In order to access care, these families must have proof to support their claims, either in the form of a Permit or by other means. A full outline of these conditions can be accessed here: https://www.vic.gov.au/worker-permit-scheme

 

We expect this Lockdown to end on Sunday 13th September, however we will be following the ongoing advice of the Victorian Government.

ENROLMENT AND FEES

  • All enrolled children will retain their spot in the Centre;
  • They will continue to receive online learning materials; and
  • All GAP FEES WILL BE WAIVED for absences up to the allowable amount per annum (for families that are eligible for CCS payable to the Centre only).
  • children will continue their learning via our online materials
  • AMIGA will continue to receive essential CCS funding from the Government for each child enrolled, which is used to pay our staff, and
  • our community will be supported throughout this trying time. 

 

[2] HEALTH AND HYGIENE 

At AMIGA, the physical and psychological health and wellbeing of our children and staff are always our primary concern. In order to mitigate the risks posed by the current COVID-19 situation, we have increased our already stringent hygiene and safety measures to protect our staff and children. 

The measures we have implemented include: 

  • The wearing of masks for our staff and Educators as recommended by the Health Department and Victorian Government.
  • Introducing mandatory temperature and health checks on each child upon arrival. This is an unprecedented preventative measure that will achieve a far greater degree of safety.
  • Implementation of a COVID 19 Hygiene Action Plan, as stipulated as a Government requirement during this Lockdown

 

  • Adhering to our robust public health approved infection control procedures, with ongoing training for all staff
  • The provision of hand sanitisers upon arrival and throughout the centre
  • Heightened enforcement of children and staff hygiene, such as regular and thorough hand washing in-line with Government advice
  • Our centres have always been, and will continue to be cleaned with hospital grade cleaning products by experienced teams at the conclusion of each day
  • Some children may be feeling a heightened sense of anxiety or stress during this time. However, enabling them to continue with their normal schooling routine in their familiar environment will lessen these effects. In addition, our staff are trained to speak with children calmly and reassuringly about any form of stress or anxiety they may be suffering.

Exclusion Policies and Social Distancing:

  • The suspension of all incursions and excursions for the foreseeable future, and the exclusion of all non-essential visitors
  • The enforcement of social distancing for all essential-visitors, including ensuring they do not remain in the centre for longer than necessary
  • Enforcing a strict exclusion policy for children or staff that exhibit any cold or flu like symptoms
  • Enforcing a strict exclusion policy for any child or staff member where they:
    • have recently returned from overseas; or
    • have had contact with someone who recently returned from overseas.
  • Requiring written medical clearance from a treating doctor for any child or staff member who had previously exhibited cold or flu like symptoms prior to their return to the Centre

 

[3] ONLINE MATERIAL TO BE MADE AVAILABLE  

 At AMIGA we distinguish ourselves from other childcare centres because we truly believe an outstanding education is essential in determining a child’s future opportunities and wellbeing. We consider that this belief is shared by all the parents that choose to attend our centres.

 As such, from the end of next week we will be making available ONLINE MONTESSORI MATERIALS for your children to complete at home. This will allow your children to continue to learn and grow during this essential stage of their development. These online materials will be given to all parents enrolled in our centres. They will be provided through our online learning portal Tapestry. Materials will be provided each Monday. More information about the specifics of this program will become available at the end of this week. Together our community will endure through the coronavirus, and we believe this measure will ensure the least disruption to your children’s growth and development during this time. 

 

 

 

Nurturing Young Minds

About Our Beautiful AMIGA Montessori Centres

The heart of the AMGIA Montessori method is the belief that children learn best when they drive their learning experience through their own interests and passions, at their own pace, and when their imagination is able to thrive without clutter or overload.

Purpose Built Childcare Centres

Professionally Trained Staff

Open for 50 Weeks a Year

Montessori Education Program

CCS - Child Care Subsidy Available

Government Funded Kindergarten Program

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What Is the Montessori Method ? 

Montessori is a method of teaching developed by Dr Maria Montessori in 1907. Her educational methods are based on scientific observations of children’s natural learning tendencies and willingness to learn in prepared environments. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed the “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities.

What is a Prepared Montessori Environment ?
Each classroom is divided into 5 main areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural Enrichment, all of which are designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child.
What is a Montessori Practical Life Area ?
Young children respond to practical life materials and exercises which allows them to:

  • develop physical coordination (pouring, scooping and sorting activities);
  • develop care for themselves (personal hygiene, dressing activities, grace and courtesy);
  • develop care for the environment (looking after the classroom, looking after the garden); and
  • learn the skills of washing a table and food preparation to develop hand-eye coordination.
What is a Montessori Sensorial Area ?
The Montessori sensorial materials provide a range of activities and exercises for children to experience the natural order of the physical environment, including such attributes as size, color, shape and dimension. Examples of these materials are:

  • the pink tower (series of ten sequential cubes, varying in volume);
  • knobbed cylinders (wooden blocks with 10 depressions to fit variable sized cylinders);
  • broad stairs (ten wooden blocks, sequentially varying in two dimensions); and
  • color tablets (colored objects for matching pairs or grading shapes of color).
What is a Montessori Mathematics Area ?
In the Montessori Mathematics Area, the materials experienced by the children demonstrate such basic concepts as numeration, place value, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. For numeration, there is a set of ten rods, with segments colored red and blue and “spindle boxes”, which consist of placing sets of objects in groups, 1–10, into separate compartments. For learning the numeral symbols, there is a set of sandpaper numerals, 1–9. For learning addition, subtraction, and place value, materials provide decimal representation of 1, 10, 100, etc., in various shapes made of beads, plastic, or wood. Beyond the basic maths materials, there are materials to show the concept of fractions, geometrical relationships and algebra, such as the binomial and trinomial theorems.

What is a Montessori Language Area ?
Montessori language materials provide experiences to develop use of a writing instrument and the basic skills of reading a written language. For writing skill development, the metal pencil insets provide essential exercises to guide the child’s hand in following different outline shapes while using a pencil. For reading, a set of individual letters, commonly known as sandpaper letters, provide the basic means for associating the individual letter symbols with their corresponding phonetic sounds. When the child is proficient with the majority of the sounds, he or she can create words using moveable letters from the “moveable alphabet”. When the childs’ hand is strong enough from using the metal pencil insets and other materials, he or she may write words with a pencil using the shapes he or she learned from the sandpaper letters. Following writing with the movable alphabet, the child begins to read words. Montessori language materials have also been developed to help children learn grammar, including parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions and pronouns.
What is a Montessori Cultural Subjects Area ?
The Montessori classroom may also include cultural subject materials and resources which allows the child to learn subjects such as:

  • geography (map puzzles, globes, cultural suitcases containing country-specific materials);
  • science, such as biology, which includes the naming and organizing of plants and animals; and
  • music and art.
What are the Montessori Materials for Development ?
The items found on the shelves in the classroom are referred to “materials” rather than “toys.” The children “work with the materials” rather than “play with the toys.” This allows the children to gain the most benefit from the environment by giving them a sense of worth. In the Montessori classroom, learning materials are arranged invitingly on low, open shelves. Children may choose whatever materials they would like to use and may work for as long as the material holds his or her interest. When they are finished with each material, they return it to the shelf from which it came. The materials are also self-correcting. When a piece does not fit or is left over, the child easily perceives the error. There is no need for adult “correction”, resulting in the child being able to solve problems independently, building self-confidence, analytical thinking and the satisfaction that comes from accomplishment.

About Us

AMIGA Montessori sets itself apart from other child care service providers in that it offers a structured learning platform to stimulate and nurture young minds. The proven and acclaimed Montessori philosophy and system, is delivered under a structured curriculum including practical life skills, sensorial experiences, mathematics, language (including reading and writing), cultures and sciences.

The scientifically based Montessori method was developed by Dr Maria Montessori, a graduate of the University of Rome, in 1890. Dr Montessori became the first woman to enter medical school in Italy. With the theme of Education and Peace, Dr Montessori ultimately received her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1949.

Our highly skilled team of teachers and centre staff are trained to deliver the highest quality Montessori education for your child, in an engaging, safe and stimulating environment.

When you visit one of our centres you will immediately see the difference in our learning model. We encourage families and children to see our centres for themselves and welcome centre tours. If Dr Montessori’s scientific research doesn’t convince you, come and experience it for yourself.

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