You don't need to go through the phone book to find a Montessori early childhood centres or school in New Zealand.
Finding a Montessori early childhood centre or school is easy when you use the the Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand member list. When you have all the information you need, go ahead; contact some Montessori centres or schools and make an appointment to visit.
The Montessori Name
The name Montessori is unprotected. The first Montessori school opened in the slums of Rome in 1907. News about Montessori spread quickly and visitors came from all over the world came to see the Montessori children's houses. By 1913 there were 100 Montessori schools in the USA. This rapid spread of Montessori has resulted in the name Montessori being unprotected by copyright. Montessori can be used for any purpose by anyone.
Membership of Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand
There is no Montessori franchise in New Zealand. Montessori early childhood centres and schools are independent businesses, privately owned or run by community or parent groups.
What does membership of Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand mean?
Membership of the Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand signifies a Montessori centre or school's committment to professional excellence and to promoting Montessori in New Zealand. Membership of MANZ is voluntary and schools are not assessed by the association. Member schools financially support the work of the Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand and are active participants in Montessori professional events, the Montessori community and in the growth of Montessori education throughout New Zealand.
MANZ has begun work on the Montessori Journey for Excellence Te ara ki huhuatanga; with a pilot programme beginning in 2012. Only centres and schools that belong to MANZ will be participate in the piloting of the Montessori Journey, which aims to give a framework for continuous improvement of Montessori early childhood centres and schools in New Zealand. Read more at www.montessori.org.nz/journey-to-excellence.