Established in 1989 • Unleashing Every Child's Full Potential

A place where each child can reach their fullest potential.

Welcome to Titoki Montessori

Located on Stredwick Drive beside the lush Awaruku wetland reserve, Titoki Montessori School (TMS) provides an exemplary Montessori preschool education for children. Established by a group of dedicated and hard-working parents in 1989, the current Titoki Council and community continues to fulfil the original mission.

Our strategic plan is guided by the theme of 'stewardship, not ownership'. One of our Council Member's succinctly stated: "We stand on the shoulders of those who've gone before us, and have an obligation to ensure this programme not just lasts, but thrives so it is here for children to attend in the next 20 years."

If you have recently discovered TMS and are excited about what Montessori may offer your family you're welcome to click on the 'Casa Contact' button so we may contact you.

During these formative years of your child's life, our community provides support, friendship and guidance in accordance with Montessori principles of respect and peace.

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Exploring a Montessori Classroom

When you step into a Montessori classroom, you immediately notice a distinct environment that fosters active learning and child-centred education. The students are given the freedom to move around the classroom, whether they choose to work at a table or on a floormat. Engaged in purposeful play and creative work, the students are encouraged to explore their interests and develop their skills at their own pace. They can be seen working individually or in small groups, collaborating and learning from one another.

The teacher-child interactions are characterised by respect and understanding, creating a nurturing atmosphere. Positive interactions between the children are also evident, as they learn to communicate, share, and empathise with their peers. The students demonstrate focused attention and good concentration while engaging in hands-on activities, immersing themselves in the learning process. The classroom itself is well maintained and organised, with shelves displaying a wide array of multi-sensory learning materials covering various topics.

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Fostering Independence and Purposeful Learning

In a Montessori classroom, you will find students freely moving around, engaged in purposeful play and creative work. They work independently and in small groups, with respectful teacher-child interactions. The environment is well-maintained, organised, and filled with multi-sensory learning materials. Montessori Education emphasises intrinsic motivation and encourages children to find deep satisfaction in their work. Ongoing research supports the effectiveness of Montessori principles in child development.

One notable aspect of Montessori Education is its emphasis on intrinsic motivation, as opposed to an extrinsic reward system. Children are encouraged to find deep satisfaction and take pride in their work, cultivating a sense of personal fulfillment. This approach has garnered significant attention due to the enduring success of Montessori Education. Current research on the brain and child development consistently aligns with Maria Montessori's profound observations, which she meticulously documented over a century ago. These ongoing studies affirm the vitality and relevance of Montessori principles in shaping an enriching learning experience for children today.

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Dedicated Educators Nurturing Young Minds

We are proud to have a team of passionate and dedicated educators who are committed to nurturing the young minds in our care. Our team comprises experienced Montessori-trained teachers who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. With a deep understanding of child development and the Montessori philosophy, our educators create a warm and supportive learning environment. They foster independence, creativity, and a love for learning in each child, tailoring their approach to meet individual needs. Through respectful interactions and guidance, our team empowers children to explore their interests, develop essential skills, and thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. At Titoki Montessori, we believe that a strong team of educators is the foundation for a successful and enriching educational journey for every child.

Montessori Testimonials

"The best and most authentic Montessori preschool in Auckland! Both my children went to this school for the full 3 years and they absolutely thrived. Although they are both at school now, they still talk about Titoki frequently and go visit. I can't imagine a better start to their educational journey. All the staff are extremely knowledgeable in Montessori philosophy and do a fantastic job delivering an authentic programme. As a Montessori teacher myself, I am truly grateful for the level of care, effort and education Titoki provides. Children acquire skills for life at this preschool! As my 6 year old said "Titoki is the best school ever!""

Marina M


"Our son has recently graduated from Titoki Montessori. He absolutely loved his time there and we are very glad that we chose this preschool. At Titoki they follow a very authentic Montessori approach which values the whole child. The environment is fully prepared to suit the children’s needs, making child-led learning a really enjoyable experience for these pre-schoolers. The staff are absolutely wonderful, very nurturing and supportive and there is a great community vibe to the school. Our son left very well prepared for starting Primary School. We are so lucky to have such a high quality, authentic Montessori option right here in Torbay."

Olivia Worthington


"Thank you for being wonderful teachers. Your kindness, patience and dedication have made a huge difference in Willis’ life. We appreciate all the love and care you have given to our precious young man over the past three years. You have created a warm and supportive learning environment that has helped him grow and develop in so many ways."

Evan & Christy


"Our family loves Titoki. The environment and the teachers are well-prepared to support the children on their journey to develop themselves. The team is always trying their best to be as authentic to Montessori as possible which I really appreciate! If you’re finding a preschool program for your child(ren), you must consider this school."

Huong Thai


"Be very proud of your school... You and all of your teachers are providing a wonderful learning environment for the children, and Adam has thrived in your care. Thank you all."

Ruth Guthrey


"I love all the teachers a million and a trillion! (Quote from our 3.5 years old daughter) I just feel overwhelmingly grateful that our daughter gets to go to Titoki. It is truly an amazing place full of amazing people. Thank you!"

Susan and Eugene Pearson


"Titoki is an environment where kids can go and learn how to be their own person. This school enables them to grow at their pace, with their interests - they learn without realizing it....Montessori education at its best - a great start for education and the love of learning.‎"

Sacha and Shelley Belcourt


"My daughter could not have had a better pre-school experience. Titoki Montessori pre-school exceeded my expectations and helped develop my child into a caring confident person. A must for all 3 - 6 year olds! ‘Education is a natural process and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiencing the environment’ - Maria Montessori."

Allan Rutledge


"To all who have contributed to the wonderful experiences our grandson, Adam, has had at Titoki, Thank you so very much for your amazing dedication."

Janice Tasker


"Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities."

Maria Montessori