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Willetton

At the beginning of 2023 we opened our lovely new centre in Willetton.  We fell in love with the property for its large open classroom space and expansive outdoor area, providing ample room for children to run, bike, garden, engage in nature play, and care for animals.  We are also delighted to have discovered that we are surrounded by a friendly little neighborhood and have found that the families in this area share our values and seek high-quality education, often choosing to live here for its top ranking schools.

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The Inside Classroom

Our lovely open classroom provides for easy supervision of all the children and has lots of natural light and a view of our garden area.  We have a mixed age range from 2 years old until the end of the kindy year that share the classroom. We believe your child's age does not define what they can do, so we provide all learning in little steps, from the simplest to the most complex. In this way children are always able to extend on their current knowledge, without feeling defeated by being asked to do something that is beyond their abilities. Creating confident, enthusiastic learners who have the ability to work independently, with deep concentration, is one of our biggest goals. 

      Puzzles, construction, matching, playing...

We set up our classrooms so that the children can have the freedom to choose what they want to work on and follow their own interests. They can work independently or collaboratively around the rooms. It might just look like play, but all these activities are developing their ability to make choices, source what they need to complete an activity, concentrate, work independently and pack away once they have finished. 

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Cultural Studies

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 Children  have an intense curiosity for the world around them. The Montessori materials help them to make sense of their environment and improve their observation skils by giving them concrete materials, such as puzzle maps and sorting activities. There are puzzle maps of the different continents, sorting cards to classify animals in categories, such as mammals, birds, etc. There are puzzles and cards to learn different parts of plants and animals and so much more. Gardening activities also help them to learn to care for our environment.

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Practical Life

Practical life activities teach children the fine motor and real-life skills that form the foundation of the Montessori Education Program. Children love these activities which help them develop their independence and concentration skills. Spooning, pouring, using tweezers, pegs, hammering, screwing, juicing and threading are just some of these fantastic activities! 

Literacy

Preschoolers are at an age where they are absorbing all aspects of language. There is no better time to learn to read and write. Watch our videos  and visit the Learning at Home tab for exactly how we take little steps to big achievements, leading your preschooler to excel at reading and writing!


Our educators apply the Montessori method, combined with Accelerated Learning principles to make learning to read and write easy, exciting and fun. You might think learning these things are a chore, but your child at around 3 years of age is at the perfect point in their development to soak up language effortlessly! 

Sensorial

Sensorial materials in a Montessori school are designed to engage children by activating their five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. The development and refinement of our senses are greatest during the earliest years of development.

Numeracy

The Montessori materials for learning mathematics give children a concrete experience, so they gain a deep understanding of the processes involved.  They always work first with concrete materials and move at their own pace toward abstraction with paper and pencil, or towards mental arithmetic. This helps them to internalise concepts at a deeper, more lasting level than if they had memorised them by rote. In our classroom the children work through a well thought out curriculum of steps from learning their numbers to complex manipulations of numbers beyond a thousand. 

Instrumental Music 

Learning a musical instrument offers young children significant cognitive, emotional, social, and physical benefits. It enhances brain development, academic performance, and literacy skills while providing an outlet for emotional expression and boosting self-confidence. Socially, it improves teamwork and cultural awareness, and physically, it refines fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The discipline and patience required for musical practice foster valuable life skills, leading to a lifelong appreciation of music and increased creativity and critical thinking.

 

We practice the basic introductory posture, care of instrument and playing on violin and keyboard. Our smaller class size on Mondays and Fridays allows for more one on one tutoring in these instruments, and these are the days where we do our most violin and piano work. Students also routinely enjoy performances and accompaniment on the keyboard, violin, mandolin, liuqin, dan trang and various percussion instruments. Music reading is taught through games and activities relating to learning rhythm and note value as well as pitch and music terminology. 

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Music and Dance

We find music and movement is such a great way to learn things, have fun  together and help the children develop their confidence. We have a music and movement session every afternoon and at the end of each year we have a Christmas concert for the children to perform for their families. 

The Outside Classroom

We believe children need plenty of time outside to develop their social skills, gross motor skills, coordination, basic sports skills, gardening, care of animals and just for all the fun that comes with being out in nature! ​Our staff are trained in the UWA Kiddo program, a specialist program developed by academics at The University of Western Australia to help prepare children to be active and healthy for life.

Our Educators

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We have a team of highly qualified and experienced educators. We always strive to keep educators very stable and have the same educators present for as much of the week as possible. This enables children to make secure connections with the educators and makes it easier to settle in if they haven't had a lot of experience being left before. We have three Early Childhood Teachers and each with varied specialty skills.

Sarah:

Sarah is a Quailfied Early Childhood Teacher who has specialised in Montessori. Sarah also has a bachelors degree in Communications and Anthropology. She obtained a high school scholarship to play the violin, has enjoyed playing with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Perth Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra. Sarah started with Smart Start as an assistant educator in 2004 and her passion for setting preschoolers up with the life long learning skills for success is what drives her passion for her work. ​

Sylvie:

Sylvie is a qualifed teacher for the early years through to highschool. She also has a certificate three and diploma in Early Childhood Education. Sylvie is our French language specialist and embeds learning French into many aspects of the program, such as physical education, daily group activities and music time.

Jeya:

​Jeya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching (Early Childhood Education), an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services, a Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education, and an International Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education. 

Kanishka:

Kanishka holds a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a Certificate Three and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. 

Andrene:

Andrene has an Advanced Montessori Certificate and a Montessori Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

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Opening Hours/ Fees:

The centre is open every day from 7am to 6pm

Our fee is $127 per day for 2-3 year olds and $125 per day for children who are over the age of 3 for a 10 hour session. Families are not required to elect the 10 hours that suits them best in advance. For families that need an 11 hour day, the rate is $140. Our fee for each of the session types is below the hourly rate cap for the childcare subsidy. We are an approved provider, so parents can claim the subsidy. When enrolling we will ask for your CRN's and this will be sent to Centrelink with your enrolment. Once the enrolment is confirmed with Centrelink, the subsidy will automatically be applied to your fees and only the gap fee will come out of your account via direct debit. 

 

To find out if you are eligible to apply for the subsidy, please contact Human Services on 132 468 or visit the website www.humanservices.gov.au

Childcare Now:

Smart Start  has connected with ChildcareNow, so that parents can notify the centre if they will be absent for their booked in days. An incentive of $110 is returned to the families account if another family books into a spot that has been marked absent.

Location:

We are located at 9 Woodthorpe Drive in Willetton

Please call or email us to book a tour or for any queries. 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Extra Activites:

 

  • Dance

  • Gardening

  • Care of Animals

  • Music and dance session every day

  • Instrumental basics lessons on violin and piano 

  • Brain Gym

  • Yoga

  • Full Montessori program provided by Montessori qualified staff

  • French 

  • Incursions 

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