Our Frequently Asked Questions

What is the teacher:pupil ratio?

  • Our toddler class has one teacher and two classroom assistants to 10 children
  • Our 2.5 to 3.5 year olds have one teacher and a classroom assistant to 13 children
  • Our 3.5 to 6.5 year olds have one teacher to 17 children, as well as students in training to assist
  • The class sizes of our Primaries range from 13 to 17 children to a teacher

Are you registered with the Department of Education?

  • Yes we are, as well as SAMA (The S. A. Montessori Association) and the Department of Health

What co-curricular activities do you offer?

  • Our Nurseries have Music, Gym, Art, Dancing and Drama as co-curriculum activities during the school day. These activities are inclusive in the school fees.
  • Our Primaries have Music, Sport, Art, Drama, isiZulu, Afrikaans and Dancing as co-curricular activites, which are also included in the school fees.
  • Extra mural activities are offered by the respective coaches at the scout hall adjacent to the school property. These activities are excluded from school fees. Click here to view the co-curricular schedule.

How do children fare when they transition from a Montessori school to a traditional school?

  • International research has shown that Montessori children perform as well, if not better, than their traditional peers when they transition from a Montessori school to a traditional school. A Montessori education develops self-reliance, self-discipline and self-directed learning, which are skills for life, applicable to any setting. If you want to know more, a recommended read is “Montessori – the science behind the genius” by Angeline Stoll Lillard ISBN number 978-0-19-536936-6 or click here

What is the difference between a Montessori and traditional approach to education?

  • In a nutshell, the Montessori approach is self-directed learning and the traditional approach is teacher directed learning. In a Montessori setting concepts are introduced to the child one-on-one and the child develops at his/her own pace. In a traditional setting the concepts are introduced to the class or group and the pace of learning is determined by the group. In a Montessori class there is a variety of ages, which affords the children the opportunity for peer learning and teaching. In a traditional class the children are grouped according to age and the children learn from their teacher. In a Montessori class the means of learning and consolidating concepts is through physically working with the didactic teaching materials. In a traditional class the means of learning is primarily abstract through the use of worksheets. A Montessori setting accommodates freedom of choice of activity, as well as freedom of movement. In a traditional setting the teacher determines the activity and the children are generally confined to desks.

What is your food or snack policy?

  • We have a simple, healthy eating policy. Parents provide a mid-morning snack of a healthy sandwich, a bottle of water and fruit, vegetables or salads. Unfortunately we do not allow any fruit juice or yogurt, this is just a school bag's nightmare. The children who stay after 1pm are provided a cooked lunch and tea by the school.

What are your hours?

  • We are open from 7am to 5pm.
  • Our morning school session is from 8am to 12h30 for Willows Garden,
  • 8am to 1pm for Willows Park and
  • 8am to 2pm for Willows Primary (excluding Fridays, which is from 8am to 1pm).
  • Aftercare operates on the property from 1pm to 5pm.

Is aftercare included in school fees?

  • Unfortunately not. Please click here for the aftercare rates.

Do you operate a 3 or 4 term calendar?

  • We operate on the private school 3 term calendar. Click here to view the calendar.

Are you open during the holidays?

  • No we are not, however our own teachers run holiday club on the school premises during the holidays. The focus is on games, arts and crafts. The hours for holiday club are from 7am to 1pm and there is a charge of R100 per day.

What is the youngest age that you take?

  • We take children from 18 months of age.

When is your intake?

  • We have 3 intakes during the year at the beginning of each term, namely January, May and September. However we do accommodate children throughout the year, depending on availability.

Do you give homework?

  • We expect our Primaries to read, practise spelling, mental maths and times tables at home. There is ample time to cover the work and concepts at school, however if a pupil has wasted time and has designated work to finish, then he or she is expected to finish that work at home.

Do the children write exams?

  • The children don’t write exams, however we help them acquire studying and exam skills in preparation for when they move to a traditional school. We make use of the IXL Maths and Language programme for assessment purposes. Click here to find out more.

What is your daily programme?

What level of involvement do you expect from your parents?

  • We consider ourselves partners in education together with our parents, and welcome parents’ involvement in the school activities. During the course of the year we host interactive parent days and run a number of courses for our parents. In the first term we run a Montessori Parent course, host our Moms’ breakfast, together with an interesting speaker, and have an interactive craft day with our parents and children. During the second term we have our Fathers’ braai and family fun day, the Primary children’s Market and host Carol Baillie’s ‘Love Languages of Children’ course for our parents. In the third term we host Carol Baillie’s ‘Loving Discipline’ course.
  • We have a Leavers’ Legacy that parents can contribute to upon the departure of their child from the school. The funds from the Leavers’ Legacy contributes towards scholarships for those in need.

Does my child have to be toilet trained before starting school?

  • No. The children become toilet trained when developmentally appropriate. We have assistants on hand to help with nappy changes. Parents need to provide nappies, cream and wet wipes, as well as a change of clothes.

Do you have a uniform?

  • We have a compulsory school hat and bag for our Nursery children.
  • The Primaries have a summer uniform consisting of shorts for boys and skorts for girls and a short-sleeved golf shirt for both. The winter uniform consists of a tracksuit and long sleeved golf shirt. A school hat and bag form part of the uniform. Uniform is available for purchase from the school office, other than a navy jersey and shoes, which is available from most clothing retailers.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any more questions!