About

Our story

Learning through nature’s plan

We are no ordinary preschool. Following Maria Montessori principles, we deliver a curriculum that develops a love of learning based on respectful relationships, and in harmony with nature.

Our traditions are founded on kindness and respect for each child as a unique individual. Together we are on a journey of creating a magical childhood for your child, based on respectful relationships and in harmony with nature.

We are a Gold Award member of Enviroschools; one of only four ECE centres in New Zealand. Little Earth is a place of special character where children have access to a natural environment, with plants and animals to inspire their sense of wonder and reconnect them with nature.

We are proud of our beautiful premises. The rammed earth walls, untreated timber, natural light and ventilation, sandstone pavers, and use of other natural renewable resources, creates a healthy environment, a living place with a soul, for our children and teachers to learn and teach. Our beautiful environment provides a balance between freedom, order and responsibility, nurturing and stimulating the spontaneous curiosity within the child, inspiring a love of nature and a love of learning. Together we build lasting joyful memories, keeping the enchantment of childhood alive.

Thrive Montessori Little Earth children are independent, courageous, and joyful learners with keen self-knowledge. Our beautiful environment provides a balance between freedom, order and responsibility, nurturing and stimulating the spontaneous curiosity within the child, inspiring a love of nature and a love of learning. Together we build lasting joyful memories, keeping the enchantment of childhood alive.

Come and talk to us about a place for your child, there’s so much more to show you.

Our People

Mayie Pagalilauan

Mayie is the manager and our morning teacher and a passionate advocate for outdoor education. She leads our Forest Walk Programme and supports the indoor and outdoor teachers. She has a Bachelor’s teaching degree and Montessori teaching qualifications.