Customer Testimonials

Thank you for coming to visit our website today. We think the Montessori philosophy is amazing but don’t just take our word for it…here’s what our preschool parents and whanau have to say about us…

to other preschools what do we do well? 
  • Respectful relationships with children 
  • The inclusion of all different cultures and understanding the individual child and  that no-one is the same
  • Involvement with the wider community 
  • Learning and growing in a nicely prepared environment with a wide curriculum
  • Small and personalised
  • Calm environment
  • Children are prepared for school
  • Teachers sit down with the children and guide their learning
  • You teach children to be respectful to the environment 
  • Good communication with parents and you encourage participation
  • Great management and friendly, engaged and professional teachers
  • The small class size means that each child is well known by teachers and they feel safe and special
  • I Liked the atmosphere and children were laughing all the time
  • A combination of intimate setting, warm and engaged staff and a great programme of excursions and celebratory events in a Montessori preschool framework
  • Montessori based with Te Whariki integration
  • Encourage independence and a love of learning
  • Located in the heart of Howick village making it feel that we are closer to the community as a whole
  • Love the fact that the teaching team itself is very diverse in backgrounds/nationalities and culture 

Our son has been at Children’s Corner Howick for a term (almost), his educators have given him a real confidence, and his development has come leaps and bounds in this short time. Most importantly he is legitimately happy and excited to go to preschool everyday. The choice to put him in this fantastic Montessori preschool environment has been the best decision we’ve made for our child.

My eldest son was at the Children’s Corner when he was younger. He loved it so much. We could see how he has developed confidence, independence, and self-responsibility. He was well equipped for school with things he has learnt here. When my second one came along, we made sure to enrol him here. My little one enjoys coming too and on days he doesn’t come, he kept asking if he could go to preschool. I asked him what he loves about it, and he said he likes the teaching and the choosing work. The teachers are caring, knowledgeable and committed to giving the children the best Montessori education. We love the calm environment and the children work so well together. An excellent Montessori preschool that I would recommend to anyone.

Both of my son’s either have or are attending children’s corner. When it came to deciding where to send my youngest there was never any question about sending him to the same preschool.
My eldest son is excelling at primary school and I truly believe a lot of this is down to the way the teachers at children’s corner prepare them for the next stage in their life. They make education fun and teach them valuable life lessons such as respect .
Would highly recommend The Children’s Corner to anyone thinking about choosing where to send there young one.

For our family, Montessori was an obvious choice.  The independence, fostering of inquisitiveness, and behaviours instilled serve the children for a lifetime.  The Childrens Corner is hugely successful at teaching the Montessori philosophy. 

Our elder child is now at school and thriving – she shows great empathy and enjoys assisting her peers.  These are qualities that we value very highly and attribute this to the dedication of the teachers at The Childrens Corner in nurturing each child’s individual personality and bringing out the best they can be.

Our second child will start school next year and already has the basics of reading and writing and math.  More importantly, she is requesting reading time and loves to play math games.

Both girls have benefited from the life skills Montessori promotes and I have no doubt their lives are richer for it. 

Diane and her team do a wonderful job at creating a caring and secure environment which encourages learning, while allowing the children to grow and thrive into unique little people.

Zoe Adriaanse joined Children’s Corner Montessori at the age of three, at the commencement of the 2nd term in 2017, and has been with Children’s Corner for about 6 months.

I believe the ethos employed by Montessori of allowing a child the freedom to learn, explore and gain independence, while maintaining discipline is the optimal balance for any young child’s development, physically and mentally. Our daughters development and independence astounds me week on week, and this is undoubtedly in part to the very significant contribution of Children’s Corner. For our family the cornerstone principle around Independence was critical in our decision to send our Daughter to a Montessori, and after just six months we are very satisfied with the progress and development we see every day.

We have been lucky to have 2 of our children attend Childrens Corner with the intention of sending our newest addition. While there are lot’s of choices when it comes to preschool we know this is the best decision for our family.

With the firm Montessori philosophy and gentle teaching methods we are positive we are laying a good foundation for our children going forward.

We enjoy the support from Fiona and the other staff as parents and are grateful for all the opportunities given to meet and be part of the community. A highlight this year was the Cultural Lunch, it was interesting and so much fun.

Q has settled into school really well in his first week. The Montessori method has set him up for a seamless transition to school. He really enjoys all the things in his new class he is expected to do independently. And all the extension classes are paying off. He is confident in reading many of the first words they are given and is really proud to read to us from his reading books every night. Please pass on a huge thank you for the extension classes which have given him such a great foundation and to everyone else as well for the love of learning they have managed to instil in him. He has had such a great start at the Children’s Corner!

Montessori preschool education was something that we investigated shortly after our first child was born. We made a decision to invest in quality preschool education as a way of preparing our children for their later school life. Our three children are now 15, 13 and 9 and all three participated in approximately 2.5 years of Montessori preschooling. We have found that the preparation our children received in this environment has led to confident and self-directed learners. They each joined primary school with confidence and a thirst for learning. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a Montessori preschool environment to any parent wanting to give their child a great start.

I hadn’t really heard of Montessori and I came across it by chance! My first daughter attended the preschool since she was 3 years old and I was so impressed by how the philosophy supported her natural growth and development that all my other children were subsequently enrolled too. My children are very individual unique little people and Montessori embraces each of their interests, needs and learning paths. That’s what I like most about Montessori – the total respect for the child. I also love the vibrancy of the Montessori environment and the way children engage with each other and the teachers

Just a quick thank you for the amazing job The Children’s Corner has done with our daughters.

M is now nearly 8 and in the top stream at school, this is no doubt due to her early learning with the Children’s Corner and how it has set her up for

 a lifetime of learning.  When she first started school her teacher made the comment that it was obvious which children had come from the Montessori as they were so ready for school and were already ahead of the curriculum.
S was floundering at her previous centre and had some behaviour issues. Since being at the Children’s Corner she has come along in leaps and bounds, at just 4yrs this weekend she told us that 9+2 makes 11. Amazing, and she can write her name!  As she is a foster child and has had lots of issues in the past we are just so pleased that she is now on par or above other children her age, and the best thing is she loves to go to the Children’s Corner and has made some lovely friends.

So thanks again for the amazing input you have had with our children.

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