Why Montessori?

The Montessori classroom is an environment carefully prepared for the child which focuses on the individual and his/her needs. The child is always moving from what they know and feel comfortable and confident with, learning and growing on their individual journey.

What We Do

Amberley Preschool is based on the Montessori philosophy of a "Prepared Environment" allowing children to work, move and develop freely. We help support children to become “equipped in their whole beings for the adventure of life, accustomed to the free exercise of their own will and judgment, illuminated by imagination and enthusiasm”. This was how Maria Montessori described her vision, and it’s a vision we share and is integrated with Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum.

About Amberley

The Little Oaks staff are passionate about childhood development and deliver an extremely high standard of early childhood education. Staffing levels exceed Ministry of Education guidelines, making the ratio of teachers to children high, while ensuring the best possible environment for learning.

Vision Statement

To empower each individual to achieve a sense of belonging, develop independence and confidence, and to strengthen their journey by creating a natural love of learning, in a safe, secure, loving environment.


Little Oaks Preschool is a privately owned centre in Amberley providing care and education for children from 2 years to 5 years.
Little Oaks is located in a beautifully remodelled property designed specifically to meet the needs of young children.

We are offering 20 Free Hours for all* new enrolments

*2 - 5 year olds