Each child is on a journey of development, exploration and discovery.
Each child grows with every moment that passes, with each new experience encountered.
Each child is nurtured by a series of caretakers who provide just the right conditions to encourage inspiration, engagement and delight.
'Montessori Child' is on a journey like this too.
It was born from the passion of founder Catherine Gribben as a small online community helping conscientious parents to connect, learn and acquire beautiful materials for their little explorers.
After many years in Cath's caring hands it was time for Montessori Child to move into its second plane of development, this time under the nurturing guidance of Amy Johnson. Under Amy's watchful eye the community of Montessori Child thrived and grew.
At the start of 2013 Montessori Child took another step along its journey of development when Andrew Matheson and Jessica Langford became the new caretakers of Montessori Child. Andrew and Jessica co-managed Montessori Child until 2019. Montessori Child took a bit of a rest as some personal transitions coincided with some global and national upheaval. In 2020 Montessori Child formally transitioned into the ownership of Barbara Langford as part of the 'Montessori Management and Mentoring' organisation. Barb's daughter Jessica continues her role as curator of Montessori Child's resource catalogue and author of our blogs. Andrew is embracing a new direction in life, working with individuals with additional needs to empower their growth and independence, and we wish him the very best with his endeavours.
Jessica was a "Montessori child" herself once upon a time, and has since been a Montessori teenager, a Montessori adult, a Montessori teacher and now a Montessori retailer! Jessica's immersion in the Montessori philosophy comes as a result of her mother, Barbara Langford, falling so deeply in love with Montessori as a parenting approach that she actually started her own little Montessori Pre-school for Jessica to attend as a child. Named after Jessica and her brother, Scott, Jessica attended "Jescott" Montessori from the age of 2 and is now the centre Director, with Barbara still teaching alongside her two days a week. The Jescott children find it fascinating to discover that one teacher is the other teacher's mummy!
Our lives are also enriched by the regular presence of a special Montessori Child - Jessica's niece Emily. Emily provides inspiration, joy and humour to our household and our lives. We are extremely proud and privileged to play an extremely close role in supporting Emily's growth and development. From the earliest moments together, of feeling baby Emily's tiny heart beating softly as she fell asleep cradled in Jessica's arms, there has been an irreplaceable and immeasurable bond with this delightful little lady. Just as we feel honoured to play a part in her journey through life we now feel that we have an opportunity to support countless other children and families through their journey of inspiration, engagement and delight! Emily has now reached adulthood but the impact of her childhood permeates through our lives and through the ethos and resources of Montessori Child. The tools, toys and treasures that brought joy into Emily's life, and helped us connect with her deeply, are proudly shared with other families and classrooms around Australia.
Please note that at present we do not have a traditional 'bricks and mortar' store, with our stockroom and appointment-only showroom embedded into one of our Montessori centres.
We realise that some of our tools, toys and treasures are best experienced 'hands-on' so, when possible, we do travel around Australia visiting various markets and parenting expos. This is, of course, impacted by the current Covid situation and border closures but remains a part of our plans for the future. Please follow Montessori Child Shop on Facebook to stay up to date about when and where you can meet us face to face.