New Montessori centre will open
A NEW child care centre will soon open its doors in Blackstone, providing a holistic approach to education for youngsters.
The family-operated centre will be the first child care facility within the central area of Ipswich to offer Montessori Education.
The popular educational movement follows the teachings of Italian physician and teacher Dr Maria Montessori.
The centrepiece of its methodology is a brain-based developmental education method that allows children to make creative choices in how they discover the people, places and knowledge of the world.
It emphasises hands-on learning, self-expression and collaborative play in a beautifully crafted environment of respect, peace and joy.
The purpose built facility in Blackstone, called Building Futures Montessori, features an array of apparatus to foster different aspects of learning.
Company chief executive officer Vicki Ward said she had worked in childhood education for more than a decade.
She said she found the Montessori method to be the most effective approach to early learning.
"I trained in Montessori in 2001," Ms Ward said.
"We will also provide the training to staff at the centre.
"Through the Montessori approach, children tend to be more focused and self-directed in their learning."
The new centre will host an open day for families at their Hill St facility on Saturday.
The centre has also begun taking enrolments.
For more information phone 3282 3200.