The SMC will provide English Montessori education to children from 3 to 7 years of age
Individuals and institutions will have the opportunity of purchasing Montessori materials directly through the SMC
The SMC will host a number of lectures and conferences concerning educational and Montessori topics
Furthermore, the SMC will offer coaching sessions for parents and/or children from ages 3 to 18 concerning any issue that may be of concern
The SMC offers five mornings of weekly tuition (total of 20 hours a week): Monday - Friday from 08:00 to 12:00. These class hours are equivalent to the weekly periods required by the public school (HarmoS timetable). In keeping with the Montessori guidelines, the number of pupils attending class is eighteen.
Montessori has developed a set of materials and a system of education in which the learning process is individualized to every child. She believed that deep concentration was essential for intellectual development. According to her this was best achieved through the use of materials.
Swiss Montessori Centre (SMC) is an official distributor of Nienhuis Montessori International B.V., The Netherlands. Nienhuis is one of the largest and most prestigious suppliers of Montessori materials in the world. Therefore, Montessori materials can be purchased directly through the SMC. This is unique in French-speaking Switzerland and thus in the canton of Neuchâtel.
The SMC offers a number of workshops and conferences about topics relevant to the Montessori method so as to educate and inform parents, teachers and scientists. In addition, the SMC promotes the Montessori method outside of its premises at conferences and continued professional development courses.
These sessions will enable parents and/or students to discuss with the owner privately any problems or issues that they may have concerning their education at school or at home.