Riversyde Montessori Preschool

7 Pioneer Road, Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa


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We are a Montessori preschool for children from 18 months to 6 years, established in 2004, based in Durbanville, Cape Town. We offer a nurturing, creative, stimulating environment with skilled, caring teachers and caregivers. Welcome to Riversyde!

"The role of education is to interest the child profoundly in an external activity to which he can give all his potential."

Maria Montessori


Riversyde Montessori Preschool is dedicated to providing a loving, fun, well prepared and curiosity driven environment, where children develop a lifelong love for learning in totality.

* Stimulate the growth of the child;
Provide a warm and accepting environment in which each child feels secure, respected and loved;
Provide an enriched, stimulating environment with safe limits within which the child is an active explorer;
Encourage the child to become self-directed;
Provide a framework of discipline through which a child can develop self-discipline and personal strength;
Develop creativity and a positive self-image;
Provide a cross-cultural environment in which the foundations of global peace may be laid.

* School terms are as per Cape Education Department.
School hours: 8.30am - 12.30pm
Aftercare hours: 12.30pm - 6pm
Holiday care closes for four weeks over Christmas, New Year and Public Holidays.


Practical life

The child is taught life skills for daily living, gaining confidence as well as competence. The child works on real tasks which involve the hand and the mind together, developing a great calm and capacity to concentrate which is the best preparation for intellectual work to come.


The sensorial material is designed to develop the child's ability to make judgements, classify, compare and discriminate. They store impressions in their 'muscular memory' which develops the senses as well as the use of certain muscles, and defines their fine and gross motor abilities.

Cultural and environmental studies

Through cultural material, the children are given direct experience which helps them explore the world and culture. This material is designed to awaken their curiosity and to further their own exploration. To widen their general knowledge of the world.


Through repetition of their active involvement with concrete manipulative materials, the child is able to internalise the concepts of number, symbols, sequence, operations and memorisation of basic facts.


Maria Montessori observed that from the age of 2.5 to 5 years, a child experiences 'a sensitive period for language'. During this period, language is exciting and the skills of reading and writing will develop naturally in the prepared environment. Stories, rhymes, poetry and songs are included in the daily programme.


Child kinetics - the development of motor skills is vital to a child's development and all sporting activities are encouraged in a non-competitive way. Cooking, gardening, nature walks, outings, music, drama, art and movement are all part of our curriculum to develop the 'whole child'.


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7 Pioneer Road, Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa