Established in 1989 • Unleashing Every Child's Full Potential

Our History

Our History

Titoki Montessori School was established in 1989 as an Incorporated Society, administered by a dedicated committee of parents whose children would attend the school. The school is governed by a volunteer parents, nominated and voted in by the parent community.

The school began in the basement of a house of one of the parents. Initially there was very little equipment and the council couldn’t afford to order any from Holland; at that time the only place to source specialised Montessori equipment. A generous parent loaned the money, which enabled the founding families to purchase the first lot of equipment.

Shortly after opening, the school ‘graduated’ to a tired and dismal community hall called "The Hut". The building itself has a notable history on the North Shore as it was originally the Catholic Church situated in Browns Bay. Once the building had been re-sited to Stredwick Drive beside the lush Awaruku wetland reserve, the Titoki Montessori Incorporated Society applied to the North Shore City Council securing a ten year lease on the surrounding grounds. With a committed and hard-working parent community "The Hut" was amazingly transformed into the warm, caring and visually pleasing environment it is today.

Nurturing Growth and Community Stewardship

The Titoki tree planted in the playground commemorated the opening of the school. The name of the school, 'Titoki', comes from the native Titoki tree, commonly referred to as the New Zealand Oak, which was chosen as a symbol to encourage our children’s growth, inner strength and independence.

Our young Titoki sapling has been given a lot of care and dedication to allow it to grow and prosper to what it is today.

In 2010, the Auckland Council extended the school's footprint which enabled us to further increase our outdoor area. The extended and redesigned outdoor space enabled us to increase our licensed roll to 35.

Generations of Titoki children and their families have continued to benefit from the stewardship of Titoki's resources through its parent council members.

A Commitment to Montessori Excellence

Emphasizing continuous professional development for teaching staff, commitment to the Montessori philosophy of a 3 year cycle of development and careful stewardship of Titoki's assets, the parent council ensure that the school continues to provide an authentic and affordable Montessori programme for children in the community.

Titoki Montessori School was evaluated by the Education Review Office as "very well placed" to promote positive learning outcomes for our tamariki in their latest reviews (2014 and 2019). We hope to continue the culture of reflective teaching practice, self-reviews and continuous improvement through close collaboration with whanau, tamariki and the wider community to make Titoki a place where peace, love and joyful learning are evident.

In partnership with parents and whanau, Titoki Montessori continues its vision of being an exemplary Montessori school which fosters independence, respect, concentration and creativity; a place where each child can reach their fullest potential.

"We stand on the shoulders of those parents who have 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".

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