Welcome to Montessori Life, an established pre–school for children aged 18 months to 6 years. Based in the Village of Sunningdale, Umhlanga, our school is run in accordance with the internationally renowned Montessori philosophy and teaching principles.

We are delighted that you have decided to visit our website and hope that you will find it informative and helpful.




Montessori Life Pre Primary

Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori teaching philosophy, was a truly gifted woman. Her insights and groundbreaking teaching methods in early child development have significantly and positively influenced the lives of many children who have been fortunate to have enjoyed the benefits of a Montessori education. More about this can be found under “Benefits.”

One of our favourite quotations by Dr. Montessori reads
“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.”

It’s our privilege to be able to continue Dr. Montessori’s work. In particular we understand the high duty of care we are entrusted with as custodians of children in their formative years as we facilitate their acquisition of crucial life skills. More about this can be found under “Our Purpose.”

Well known Montessorians include.......

  • Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
  • Will Wright, designer of The Sims
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
  • Anne Frank, famous diarist from World War II
  • Larry Page & Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google.com
  • Prince William & Prince Harry, of the British Royal Family
  • Helen Hunt & George Clooney, screen actors.

Interesting facts about Montessori……

Alexander Graham Bell, a noted inventor, provided financial support to Dr. Montessori and helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States.

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