The Rata Playgroup at Capital Montessori is a caring and peaceful environment for children under 3 and their parents/whanau. We hold three sessions during the week and parents have the option of coming to more than one session each week. We are parent-run and provide a place for parents to develop relationships, find support, and learn about ways to support children under 3. The community is for families who are interested in joining Capital Montessori School for 3-6 year olds or have children at the School. We ask parents to register their child(ren) for the term and attend regularly. Each term, we confirm preferences with parents for the following term.

Rata has resources for hand-eye coordination, gross motor coordination, music, art, language and practical life activities. The Rata philosophical guidelines and kitchen, room and garden have been developed to facilitate parent learning and to support the needs and interests of children under 3. Parents are encouraged to participate in a Montessori workshop each term. The group is certified by the Ministry of Education.