Capital Montessori offers an authentic, high quality Montessori preschool programme for children aged under 6 and a playgroup for 0-3 year olds.


The School combines a Montessori philosophy with New Zealand's National Early Childhood Education Curriculum - Te Whariki. Our programme is designed to open your child up to life - nurturing their independence, confidence, creativity and curiosity. 

One of the first Montessori preschools in Wellington

The school opened in 1987. We have two well-resourced 3-6 year classrooms - Kowhai and Koru - with qualified and experienced teachers, and around 25 children in each class. Children attend preschool Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 1pm or 3pm each day. We also have an infant and toddler 0-3 playgroup facilitated by a specialist AMI Montessori 0-3 teacher that runs several morning sessions each week.

Surrounded by bush, just 10 minutes from the City

Located in Kingston, close to the surrounding suburbs of Brooklyn, Mornington, Berhampore, Island Bay, Mount Cook and Newtown, the school is set in a beautiful, peaceful environment, with large outdoor areas and classroom gardens. 

A caring community school

Our school is very special. It's a not-for-profit, parent co-operative run by a Principal and an elected Board of parents. It's a place where everyone's voice and contribution is valued and respected, and people care for each other and the environment.

Capital Montessori School is a member of Montessori Aotearoa New Zealand (MANZ) & the Montessori Journey to Excellence Programme.



Preschool Programme

Our preschool programme offers a foundation for life. Everything we do is designed to nurture a child's joy and love of learning, independence and self-motivation, confidence, respect and creativity. The first two years prepare your child for meaningful, holistic exploration of key learning areas - practical life, sensorial, language, music, mathematics, science and cultural topics. The final year is the culmination of these two years - where the concepts and skills they have learned truly blossom and a 'love of learning' becomes a strong and enduring part of who they are.

The Montessori Classroom

The Montessori classroom is the ideal environment for young enquiring minds to develop their problem solving abilities, visualise abstract ideas and have lots of fun all at the same time. Children love using the interactive Montessori materials to explore interesting and important concepts. Our classrooms are warm, inviting, peaceful places carefully prepared to stimulate and inspire our children and support their natural development.

The outdoor environment is a vital part of every child's learning. Each of our classrooms have their own native, flower and vegetable gardens and the children have free access to outdoor spaces throughout the seasons.  

We have two preschool classrooms (Koru and Kowhai) with children aged under six years. The school day is from 8.30am to 1pm or 3pm each day. We follow the primary school terms with four terms each year and an extended break in Summer.

Interested in seeing our preschool in action? Email us to arrange a time to visit.

Play is the work of the child
— Maria Montessori

Rata Infant & Toddler Community

 Rata is a calm and nurturing playgroup environment for infants and toddlers from 0-3 years to explore, learn and socialise accompanied by a parent or family member. It's also a place for parents to learn more about Montessori, develop friendships and find support.

Our beautiful, dedicated toddler room and garden have been developed to support the needs and interests of under 3s and their growing independence and confidence. At Rata your child can explore a wide range of quality materials and resources for developing skills in hand-eye and gross motor coordination, music, art, language and practical life activities.

Rata is for families interested in exploring Montessori or have children at our preschool. The only Montessori-inspired playgroup in South Wellington, it is also the only one facilitated by a qualified and experienced Association Montessori International (AMI) 0-3 year teacher. Rata is a friendly and welcoming place where you'll have the chance to observe your child and relax with other parents.

Sessions run several mornings a week with a dedicated lunchtime session for babies and children not yet walking. You can choose to come along to one or more sessions a week and we welcome new families.

Interested in visiting or joining our under-3 playgroup community? Email us to arrange a time to drop into a session.

We help children become joyful learners

Maria Montessori discovered that children who experience the joy of learning become happy, confident, fulfilled children. And that the path to that was giving them the freedom to independently choose activities that interest them and allowing them to concentrate and interact with those activities in their own way, for as long as they chose to.

Our approach is guided by Montessori philosophy.

A Capital Montessori education responds to the individual needs and interests of every child, giving them pathways for growth in language, music, mathematics, science, physical coordination, and art. As well as a broad range of practical life skills from gardening, to cooking and caring for their environment and social skills based on grace and courtesy.   

Observers, Creators and Communicators  

Our teachers have a very important role. They must be skilled observers of the children, so they can interpret and respond to their individual needs and help them reach their potential. They must be practiced at creating a learning environment that inspires each and every child. They also need to be able to communicate well, not only with children but also with other adults and especially parents.

Principal Aleksandra Zajac leads the teaching team at Capital Montessori. Aleksandra (Aleks) is an AMI 3-6 trained Montessori teacher with ten years experience in Montessori education and school management in China, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. Aleks also holds a Masters Degree in Music and Drama and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, which she based on her work as a Montessori Principal in Hong Kong and Sydney.

Aleks is supported by a professional and reflective team of Montessori teachers trained in the Montessori Method by recognised Montessori organisations including the Association Montessori International (AMI), Aperfield Montessori Trust and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

The Principal and teachers at Capital offer families opportunities through the school year to participate in parent education programs, regular parent/teacher conferences and community events to nurture the relationship between the school, the children and their families – the foundation stone of every strong Montessori community.