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We’re delighted you’re interested in helping your child reach their potential through a Montessori education. Come and visit us at our North Balgowlah or North Head campus to see our unique location and learning environment.
Farmhouse Montessori is an inclusive, non-denominational school and welcomes all national and ethnic origins, religions, social class and disabilities in the admission of students. Our enrolment policy reflects the school’s philosophy, which strives to instil in each child and family a sense of acceptance and understanding of our community to become global citizens.
How to enrol
Steps to Enrolment in Preschool and Primary (Stages 1-3)
- Attend a school tour or the Open Day at the campus at which your child will be entering (Stage 1, North Balgowlah; Stage 2-3, North Head)
- Submit application forms, together with applicable fees
- Meet with the Principal
- Acceptance of a place
Attend a School Tour
Attendance at a school tour or Open Day is a prerequisite to being offered a place on our waiting list. Tour groups visit classrooms and learn more about the Montessori learning philosophy. Enrolment is accepted on the assumption that the parent(s) will be supportive of the pedagogy and the philosophical foundations of the school, and for those new to Montessori it is important that they have the opportunity to observe the uniqueness of the program.
Joining the Waitlist
To place your child on the waiting list, you will need to fill out an application form. Your child will be placed on the waitlist for the year they are eligible to enter the class. There is an application fee and a membership fee for the Manly-Warringah Montessori Society if you are not already a member. The membership fee is an annual payment and we require you to keep your membership current while your child is on the waitlist and a student at the school.
Offers of Enrolment
Generally, vacancies only arise at the beginning of the year, but from time to time one may occur during the year. Offers of enrolment for a given year start to be issued in June of the previous year. If vacancies arise during the year, they can be filled immediately. Offers can only be made to a child of suitable age at the time of the vacancy.
Places for the following year are offered at the following times :
1st Round: June
2nd Round: September
3rd Round: November
If you are planning to be away during this time, please contact the school, otherwise you may miss the cut-off return date and the place will be given to the next child on the waiting list.
A non-refundable confirmation payment will be required with the acceptance of the offer.
Before the child can begin at Farmhouse, an enrolment fee is required per child. The enrolment fee is not refundable. Download our fee schedule here.
It is an important aspect of a Montessori classroom that children complete the full cycle; one year for 2-3 year olds, three years for 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 year olds. Families who enrol their child in the pre-primary and primary classes are expected to understand they are making a commitment for their child for a three year period in each cycle. Children’s enrolment is ongoing until Year 6 level unless one full term’s notice is given.
Community is an important part of the Montessori philosophy. We ask that parents participate in various events and projects throughout the year as part of modelling for our children the commitment to building a community. This might includes working bees, fund-raising or community events.
Vaccination Requirements: Pre-School
Important Information Regarding Immunisation requirements of the School
From 1 January 2018, parents must provide a copy of one or more of the following documents to enrol in any child care centre: The NSW Parliament has passed a Bill to amend the Public Health Act to strengthen vaccination enrolment requirements in child care (also known as early childhood education and care). Children who are unvaccinated due to their parent’s conscientious objection will no longer be able to be enrolled in child care.
All enrolled students must provide one of the following:
- an AIR Immunisation History Statement : which shows that the child is up to date with their scheduled vaccinations (this can be obtained by medicare) or
- an AIR Immunisation History Form : on which the immunisation provider has certified that the child is on a recognised catch-up schedule (temporary for 6 months only) or
- an AIR Immunisation Medical Exemption Form : which has been certified by a GP.
Vaccination Requirements: Primary School
From 1 April 2018, all school principals are required to request an immunisation certificate at enrolment.
While students can still be enrolled if an approved immunisation certificate is not provided, these children will be considered unimmunised and maybe excluded from school if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease at the school OR if they come into contact with a person with a vaccine preventable disease, even if there is no outbreak at the school.
Parents are encouraged to ensure that their children are up to date with their immunisation and to provide and immunisation certificate from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) at enrolment, either:
Important Facts for parents
To enrol your child in the primary school, please provide an immunisation certificate, either an AIR Immunisation History Statement (for a child that is up to date, not up to date or can’t be immunised for medial reasons or has natural immunity) OR an AIR Immunisation History Form (for a child on an approved catch-up schedule).
If an approved immunisation certificate is NOT provided at enrolment, students can still be enrolled at school but they wil be considered as unimmunised in the school’s immunisation register.
Students without an approved immunisation certificate and those who are unimmunised may be excluded from school if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease at the school OR if they come into contact with a person with a vaccine preventable disease, even if there is no outbreak at the school.