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Riddells Creek pre-school celebrates unity

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Macedon Ranges Montessori Pre-School in Riddells Creek is celebrating four staff members working together for more than a decade.

Montessori schools provide parents with an alternative option of education involving a holistic approach to learning – nurturing children’s self-respect.

It is specifically designed to encourage children to be independent, inquisitive and self-motivated.

The Riddells Creek pre-school has been operating for almost 34 years but has never had staff working together for this amount of time.

Macedon Ranges Montessori Pre-School centre director Maria Cope said all four women – herself, Janette Patterson, Cathy Sherlock and Michelle Kelly – have provided consistency for the children over the past 10 years.

“We’ve been working together as a team for quite some time now. It’s great continuity for the children and they have had a stable environment,” Ms Cope said.

“The children can start coming here from when they’re two up until five or six. So we see them grow from babes.

“We can see the progression. You can see huge change between a two year old and a five year old – it’s an enormous area for development.”

Macedon Ranges Montessori educator Cathy Sherlock has been working at the school for nearly 16 years.

“My son came here 16 years ago – I was disappointed when I thought I would be leaving when my child left so when they asked me to join the team I was really happy,” Ms Sherlock said.

“This is like a community school. It’s more one-on-one with the children.”

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