Welcome to Bright Light Montessori
Our approach to learning and teaching through child centred play and exploration. We have a fully equipped Montessori environment for your child to develop to their full potential.
Why Bright Light Montessori?
Bright Light Montessori aims to create a loving environment that welcomes all children and allows them to feel at home. The school is set up in a cozy home environment that helps to create a loving home away from home and where they can grow to their full potential.
Bright Light Montessori was founded by our Principal and Preschool class Directress Natalie Hart in 2017.
Natalie spent many years’ au pairing children in America and South Africa, which created a deep love for child development and how to help them grow into confident, happy children. In 2008 Natalie studied at Headstart Mercy Montessori for her Diploma in age 3-6. Natalie taught at a small Montessori School in Mowbray for 3 years and then moved on to Mainstream preschool in Tokai where she grew even further in her love for education. Natalie has Bachelors in Education in Foundation Phase; this helps her to know what the children need to achieve to succeed in South African Grade 1 classes. After 5 years Natalie knew it was time to open her own school and help even more children grow to their full potential.
The Toddler directress Natasha Brand is a dedicated mom of 3 and has a natural love for children. Natasha is a firm believer in creating a loving environment of learning and helping the little ones develop all the needed skills they need in the Preschool class. Natasha has a mainstream Grade R qualification with UNISA and is In House trained in the Montessori methods.
OUR DAILY PROGRAMME
Daily programme: Toddler
7:30 School opens
8:00 morning ring
8:15-10:00 work period
10:00-10:45 outside play
10:45 nappy change and washing up
11:00 quiet play and story time
12:00 home time
12:00-12:30 lunch for after care children
12:30-2:30 nap time
2:30-2:45 nappy change
2:45 – 5:30 outside play
Extra: Playball, baking
Daily programme: Preschool
7:30 School opens – children play outside
8:00 morning ring
8:30- 11:30 work period (includes staggered snack time, art time)
11:30- 12:15 outside play
12:15 story time and wash hands
12:30 home time
12:30-1:00 lunch time for after care and extended programme
1:00-2:30 extended programme and quiet time ( nap time, drawing, reading in quiet)
2:30 home time for extended programme and pack bags for those leaving
2:30-5:30 Free play outside / inside
5:30 School closes.
Extra: Playball, xhosa, baking, gardening
Preschool and Toddlers
The Preschool class is for those children aged 3-6 years old. The class has one Directress and one assistant. There is a maximum of 20 children in the class.
Extras in the week are Playball, Gardening and baking.
The Toddler class is for the little ones aged 18 months to 3 years. This classroom is for those beginning stages of education development. Developing the love for exploration, learning language and the love to learn. In this class there is one directress and one assistant. Potty training is learnt in this environment. There are a maximum of 10 children in this class.
Extras in the week are Playball and baking.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’
Established lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.
Your children’s education and wellfare are our main priorities