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The Willows Montessori School 

Looking For Exceptional Childcare?

Nestled amongst the trees in the leafy suburb of Bordeaux, Johannesburg is a well-established and equipped Montessori Nursery and Primary School that provides a caring and safe Montessori environment in which your child can thrive.

By following our mission, vision and values, we create a nurturing, stimulating, holistic and welcoming learning environment for all children.

Our well-equipped classrooms allow for hands-on, experiential learning, our beautiful sensory garden, gym and playground invite the children to explore to the fullest and our co-curricular activities of drama,  art and music enable the children to explore their creativity and grow in confidence.

At the Willows Montessori school we provide our students with the tools required for future happiness and success. Get in touch to learn more!

Back to School with The Willows

Back to School with The Willows

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About Montessori

​Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) was a phenomenal visionary, humanitarian, philosopher, doctor, scientist and educator, and of course, the creator of the Montessori method of education. She challenged the norms of her time, becoming Italy’s first female graduate in medicine.


Through her studies she became an accomplished scientist and observer. Having practised medicine for fifteen years, she became interested in education through tending to children in a mental asylum. She opened the “Casa dei Bambini”, or “Children’s house”, in the slums of Rome, treating it as an educational laboratory in which to develop her theories of child development and education.


In 1909 she published “The Montessori Method”, thereafter embarking on a series of lectures and establishing schools. Many of today’s teachers and educational institutions all over the world have been enriched by her legacy of observations and child development philosophy.


It is surprising to notice that even from the earliest age, man finds the greatest satisfaction in feeling independent. The exalting feeling of being sufficient to oneself comes as a revelation.


- Maria Montessori


What past parents say

Dear Claire and our Willows family. 


The moment we stepped foot under the Pecan tree in 2018, looking up at the beautiful schoolhouse that would become home away from home for our two girls, we were overcome with gratitude and relief. For four years we saw Charlotte and Lara fall in love with learning, their curiosity blossomed, and their confidence grew. Every meeting with you or a teacher brought me to tears. Having someone passionately seeing your child the way you see them is a gift to a parent. We saw Charlotte recover herself after experiencing some trauma in her first years as a student in primary. She became excited and happy, sure of herself and her part in the world during her time at the Willows. The structure of the school, the teachers we met along the way and the Montessori way healed and ignited great learning for us as a family. 

We will be forever grateful and look back fondly at our magical time with The Willows and the sweetness of the space. We take away with us a better way of learning and curious discipline driving us forward. 

Thank you Thank you Thank you. 

Just love,

the Brown Huffmans 


49 Garden Road




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