The Aperfield Montessori Trustees are committed to ensuring New Zealand students have a New Zealand Montessori qualification that is NZQA approved and aligns itself to New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.

The Trustees’ goal is to provide a New Zealand Montessori qualification which ensures Early Childhood teachers have the knowledge and skills to work effectively in any Early Childhood centre, with the added value of knowledge of the Montessori Method.

How the Montessori Aperfield Trust came to be

The story behind the birth of the Montessori Aperfield Trust is challenging and encouraging. It shows the potential seeds a parent can nurture in their child, the fruit that develops from the realisation of that vocation, and the challenge to us all, to uphold that philosophy for the benefits of the children and societies that will come after us.

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Binda Goldsbrough - Founder:

"This all started in 1912 when Dr Montessori’s book 'The Montessori Method', was first published in English.  That was the year in which I was born, and my parents were given a copy of the book. They were alert and interested parents, both from Victoria London families, but they were keen to provide a rural upbringing and enlightened education for their family.

They settled into an ‘alternative’ life, raising chickens, growing vegetables and fruit trees. Their garden was situated in a corner of the North Field of the Manor of Aperfield, with a thick bullace hedge on one boundary, and was named Northfield.

On reflection I realise that our upbringing was very much a Montessori one. I and my two brothers in early childhood did a large number of Practical Life Activities. We carried and folded, washed and polished, raked up leaves and planted seeds. Mother took us for long walks in the Kentish countryside, sometimes in the woods to pick bluebells and autumn leaves, berries and nuts, sometimes by a stream finding water plants and water animals, sometimes in the meadows to pick primroses and cowslips, Mother taught us the names of all the wild flowers, which we have never forgotten. We kept rabbits, cats, dogs and hens and helped to clean and feed and care for them.

 

There were no Montessori Schools in those days. Many parents did as ours did, tried to implement the philosophy and as much of the practice as possible. They instilled in us a love of learning which has never left us. When the time came to choose a career I chose teaching; training at the Studio House Montessori College in Hampstead, London. 

I have had a lifetime of teaching and caring for children (birth to twelve years of age), in England and New Zealand, and latterly teaching students aged seventeen to maybe forty. I have not always taught ‘pure Montessori’, but her principles and practice once learnt underpin all teaching situations. 

No original course, whether full time, part time or correspondence can be the be all and end all of Montessori Training. It needs to be ongoing.

I offer this self-study course to students who want to know more about Montessori, and I hope that it will serve their needs, but remember – it is only a beginning. I call it the Aperfield Course because of where I started, and I dedicate it to my parents Victoria Patience and Giles Herbert Goldsbrough.

With such a legacy I have done what I could to hand on some of the Montessori ideals of a wonderful woman and wonderful parents."

Binda Goldsbrough
1912-2008