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.

Head Teacher

Carolyn Hannay

Leeana Burgess

Head Teacher

Our new Head Teacher is starting on May 30th.

We will update full details then.

Carolyn Hannay

Carolyn leads the outdoor programme at the preschool.

She has passion for bi-cultural programmes and helps us weave this into our curriculum areas. Having gained a degree in Health Sciences, she then trained as a Primary teacher and Early Childhood teacher before completing her Aperfield Montessori diploma

Leeana Burgess

Leeana is our Assistant teacher. She has a Bachelor of Education - Teaching (ECE) and an Aperfield Montessori diploma.
She works closely with our younger children, leading them through foundation Montessori activities in our Practical Life and Sensorial areas