About Us

Giving children the tools to start their own development, learning and unfolding.

Tawa Montessori Preschool is a preschool for children 3-6 years old, based on the guiding principles of Maria Montessori. Through creating and hand-developing our preschool and enviro-nature programme, our preschool has evolved to be unlike any other early childhood centre in Wellington.

We are dedicated to maintaining an enviro-nature character where children experience enviro friendly actions in repurposing, reducing and reusing as well as having access to a natural environment with animals and plants to inspire their outdoor experience.

Our Team

We are a pre-school where children, staff and families feel a sense of belonging and find long lasting friendships. A community place where each member is valued as a unique individual, in a culture of respect.

Our teachers have many roles and responsibilities. They are the knower of the child, the preparer of the environment, the presenter of the lessons, the respecter and protector of the child's learning experiences and the rolemodel in the classroom. We are very proud of our teachers. Our teachers not only help children to become independent, to concentrate, to observe and to form good habits, they also nurture the child's inner core of love and holistic development. They truly are special.

Julia Healey

Helen Champion

Leanne Gehlen

Haruyo Osaki

Julia Healey

Julia has extensive Montessori experience as principal, headteacher and teacher. She has a Diploma in Teaching (Primary), a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (ECE) and an AMI Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education. Julia is committed to providing a safe and emotionally secure environment for our children to learn in. She has been with the preschool since 2011.

Helen Champion

Helen has extensive Montessori experience at all levels. She has an Aperfield Montessori Diploma and a Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE). She is in the classroom four days per week specialising in delivering our unique outdoor Montessori curriculum

Leanne Gehlen

Leanne has Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE).
Leanne joined us in 2016 to lead the animal and garden projects and has now moved indoors to assist Julia with student observations and extensions. She will complete her Montessori training in 2019.

Haruyo Osaki

Haruyo has a Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE).
She worked in Montessori prior to starting a family and after her daughter transitioned to school from our preschool she joined us on Thursdays and Fridays. She oversees the deck and outdoor programmes on these two days.