The Montessori playgroup classes at Jacaranda Tree Montessori are held every morning, Monday to Friday. The activities in the class are specially selected based on the age of the children in the class.
You sign up for a 13-week course at a specific day and time. You then attend once a week with your child.
NOTE: It’s a good idea to register as soon as possible as very few spaces come free in our classes and can be a wait of 1.5 years to 2 years.
Beautiful Montessori materials are available for the child’s whole development. Activities range from cutting and sewing, to food preparation activities, to baskets of language materials.
Age: 14/16 months to 3 years
Class times: mornings: 9:30am – 11:30am (Monday to Friday)
* Doors open at 9:30am but you can arrive any time during the session
Cost: €325 for 13 week course
Please complete the online application form HERE to go on the waitlist for our classes. An email confirmation will be sent within 3 days of receipt.
#1 August 2023 – December 2023 course
Monday 28 August 2023 – Friday 1 December 2023 (13 weeks)
Closed: 23 – 27 October (herfstvakantie)
#2 December 2023 to April 2024 course
Dates: Monday 4 December 2023 – Friday 5 April 2024 (13 weeks)
Closed: 23 December – 7 January (school holidays) // 4 March – 22 March (Simone in US for The Montessori Child book tour)
#3 April 2024 – July 2024 course
Dates: Monday 8 April 2024 – Friday 12 July 2024
Closed: 29 April – 5 May (school holidays)
“Jacaranda Tree Montessori has helped my son grow into a mindful, confident, independent little person and has helped educate me on strategies for strengthening the parent-child relationship. Simone is a very warm, compassionate, and intelligent instructor who creates a sense of serenity and support in the classroom while maintaining an air of humor and enjoyment. Her genuineness allows her to form strong relationships with the children resulting in the children’s increased respect for themselves, others, and the learning process.”
“Het is elke week weer een feestje om te komen. Onze dochter van 20 maanden voelt zich als een vis in het water. Met een grote grijns loopt ze rond om alles te ontdekken…“
“Jacaranda Tree is a wonderful resource for children and parents alike. Joining the Jacaranda Tree family completely changed our lives in Amsterdam.”
Read more testimonials here.
Learning areas in a Montessori playgroup
The environment is divided into five key learning areas:
Practical Life | Activities such as table washing, watering plants, making a snack and washing up, enable the child to participate in daily life and promote the development of concentration, hand-eye co-ordination and muscular control. Read more…
Let’s take a look at a session at Jacaranda Tree Montessori
Your child arrives and is warmly greeted by their teacher with a handshake. The child takes their backpack to their cubby and hangs up their coat on their hook. They sit on a low chair to change into their slippers and notice their friends arriving.
The child finds the activity on the shelf that they are interested in and takes it to a mat or table to work. Julius has chosen a puzzle; Emma finds the watering can and heads to the sink to water the plants; Henk decides to make a snack and begins to set the table with a placemat, child sized cutlery, plate, and glass; Lila and Isaac sit down together with a basket of language materials—a basket of Australian animals and matching cards; some water is spilt on the floor, Mila fetches the small mop from the hook; Oliver is curled up with a book in the reading chair; and Maddi is busy too, observing the others at work.
The morning continues in busy activity until circle time. Then we sing English and Dutch songs, share news with each other, and move our bodies. Then it is time to say goodbye, put on our shoes, until next week. You can hear Henk asking his mother if he can make his own lunch when they get home.
The parents/carers stay for the session and observe their child at work, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with others. The parent/carer steps in only when needed, allowing the child independence in the environment.
The directress also assists the children and presents new materials to them. The directress will work closely with you and your child on their development.