When to admit your child into Montessori School?

Now that you understood the concept of Montessori Education at a high level, you must be wondering whether you can admit your child into Montessori School and if yes, what is the right age to admit the kid into Montessori School isn’t it?. This part is dedicated to answering this question and other related questions of yours.

As per Dr. Maria Montessori philosophy, most of the Montessori schools are equipped to support the learning of the children from birth to middle/secondary schools. Having said that, as most of the parents wouldn’t be sending their child, during his/her infancy stages. But, most of the Montessori schools start their admissions around 1.5/2.5 years of age, depending on the individual school.

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The toddler environment within the Montessori schools is designed to keep their curious minds busy by engaging all their senses. The Montessori method takes the playtime of the toddlers to a totally different level by combining it with various learnings. Children here tend to learn while playing.

Here, in this toddler environments, the activities provided to the children will guide them to participate and complete them, instead of sitting to the side as bystanders. This will improve their sense of accomplishment and independence in the children.

In the Montessori schools, the learning with ease and in a playful way. The children who were admitted into the Montessori schools at an early age would definitely show a good grasp even on the abstract subjects like Geography and Geometry by the time they enter into the Elementary classrooms.

The additional advantage of Montessori schools is that – these schools provide the platform to develop and improve the social and soft skills of the children in addition to the academics. This is a primary concern of most of the parents, as the soft skills are becoming more and more important in the ever-changing competitive world outside the schools.

Right time of Admission into Montessori Schools

That is the primary reason, why most of the Montessori schools open their admissions at a younger age (around 1.5 years of age) and wouldn’t be opening their admissions for the older kids. Very few schools open their admissions only till kindergarten. Older children entering the Montessori schools would do well in this new situation, but again it primarily depends on their previous educational experiences and the way they have been raised at home.

So it’s best to admit the child as early as possible so that the child will enjoy the learning process and wouldn’t rob them of their childhood joy and wonder. At the same time, the Montessori schools provide a solid foundation to the children.

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The research time and again proved the Montessori kids perform better in both academic and behavior tests. Also, the best part is that they become good humans who can see the world through other eyes and empathize. Isn’t this the trait, we want to inculcate in our kids?

The below article has been published in the Science journal based on extensive research which proves the points said above in this article.

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Author’s Note:

Dear Reader, this is the second part of the eight-part Montessori Method and its philosophy Series and please stay tuned for further updates on the same topic. You would get to read about the tips and tricks to identify the right Montessori school for your child in the next part.

I dedicate this post to my mentor, guru @Sunitha Subramaniam for introducing me to the Montessori World on this Teachers day.


    1. This is truly an important topic to discuss, especially for new parents, I am gonna share this post with my brother & sister in law who are in doubt whether to send her daughter in school or not

    1. An informative post on Montessori schools. I’m following your series to equip myself with the required knowledge.


  1. This is a fantastic post with a wealth of important details! Personally, I prefer the Emilio Reggia or TLI methods to Montessori but Montessori has undoubtedly been a path-breaker in early child education.

    1. Thank you Noor. Yes, I also followed Emilio Reggia for a while. But after my kid has taken into Montessori and got adjusted very easily, my interest in Montessori methods grew and am still learning this philosophy.

  2. This would be an extremely helpful resource for parents of young children researching about early schooling. You’ve explained the need and the requirements quite clearly. Happy Alexa blogging!

  3. Many confusions alies in parent’s mind about when to send kids to montessori,your post has sorted all the queries,you have given all the info in very well and detailed manner.Wonderful?

      1. I love your blog. I sent my son to school at 21 months for a month. But his learning started way before at home itself. I try to adapt the Montessori way to learning at home too. Hoping to get more ideas from your blog.

  4. Your article is very informative. I do agree that if a child is put in school at 1.5 to 2 years that would go a long way in developing his/hers soft skills which are very important in today’s world. Many parents do not realize this and even try to do home schooling which leaves the child bereft of important character development and they grow into vulnerable citizens.

      1. Montessori is a great way of education but I regret saying that we do not have any school with this pattern in our vicinity. Yiu have mentioned great insights of montessori education

  5. You know I was criticized a lot when I started my kids school (Partially Montessori) when they were 1.5. People didnt want to understand that they were twins and hyperactive. They were spending time doing jst nothing and i wanted to direct their mind in the right direction. Anyway we went ahead and then everyone was surprised at their developments

    1. Haan, I can completely understand. Even now, am going through lot of criticism from my extended family about the type and quality of education this method provides to the kid.

  6. My son did his pre primary classes from Montessori whereas I couldn’t send my daughter to one. There was a marked difference in teaching and learning process. I’m sure your series will greatly help young parents.

  7. My son did his pre primary classes from Montessori but somehow I couldn’t send my daughter to one. There was a marked difference in their learning teaching process. Your series will really help young parents.

  8. I do agree to some points you shared Suha, if not all.

    One of the problem I found in Indian Montessori is that the keyword “Montessori” is free to use by any school setup. There is no legal policies on this.So, getting a pakka Montessori school which actually encourage kids is rare.This might not happen in metros but do happen in tier 1 and 2 cities. Especially when education is taken as a booming business today. Secondly, I love how Montessori kids are encouraged to be creative and thoughtful but the current education system is not supportive of thought as they move to upper classes.

    Please do shed some light on my concerns shared in future posts Suha. How would a Montessori child cope up with the rote-learning practiced in formal education system of this country? Eager to know this. Please do excuse me if I brought out my thoughts loudly

    1. You are just taking my list of topics one after the other here Pragnya. Infact I along with my kid suffered in so-called Montessori school in Chennai during his Pre-kg year. Later moved to different methods and then finally hit upon a real Montessori school by fluke you can say. Now am very happy and contented with my kids progress.

  9. A really informative and helpful post for parents! Montessori methods have known to be really helpful. Though I feel if possible children should start going to schools after they are 2.5 but adopting these methods to teach them is really helpful.

  10. I would say, to start around 3 is perfectly fine provided there is ample thrust on early child development activities at home. A very helpful and relevant post!

    1. Yes you nailed the point correctly Ninu. But kids during the toddler level learn a lot by observing the other kids. If you have the flexibility and availability of the kids around the same age, then we can wait till they reach 3 yers age.

    1. Wow, you made my day Pallavi. I was just jotting down this series due to the various problems i faced in identifying the right school for my kid and the research I had done to arrive at the current school

  11. An informative & well researched article for parents of young toddlers.
    The traditional education method is different from montessori, they are child directed and child centered, because of play based methods children learn better.

  12. It is important to check the age of the child when you plan to sen your child to montessori. As we are the first school for them . A very informative post indeed.

  13. As my daughter is about to complete a year this question has been in my mind that what would be the right time to admit her. A lot of doubts cleared ?

  14. I was actually looking for details of Montessori education for my son.. this was very helpful.. thanks for this article

  15. I feel sad for the kids these days. At the very tender age of 2 and 3, they already have to start going to school and somehow compete with kids their age. We didnt have to face this until we were 4 or 5.

    1. Hi Isha, agree with your view point, but that is again imposed by us as parents isn’t it? If we can provide the right environment for growth with in the house, we don’t have to send the kids to the school.

  16. The Montessori school near our home doesn’t start admission until 18 months. That’s such a hard age for kids, though. Separation anxiety peaks at around this age. I decided to do Montessori at home with my kids, then find a charter school with a learning system close to that of Montessori.

    1. Even for my kid I followed Montessori method at home and joined him into the school in Grade 1. As i didn’t get admission during his Kindergarten years and i didn’t want to leave him at 18 months.

  17. Thank you for sharing this! My daughter started at the age of 2 and loves school now at 4 1/2! I’m planning to start my son later this year at the same age!

  18. I am so curious about Montessori education! Seems like it has a lot of great benefits. Thanks for all the wisdom

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