About Us

Bella Montessori is a family owned Montessori early childhood centre.  Christine manages the centre takes care of the finances. Allie job shares with Christine throughout the week. We believe in quality, the sort of quality that we want for our own family so our values are at the forefront of who we are and what we believe in.  Our philosophy is shaped by our Montessori philosophy and te whariki. Te reo and Tikanga Maori are woven into our daily practice.

Our Montessori programme supports children's emerging interests and teachers encourage children to spend as much time as they need to investigate their interests. We believe relationships are the most important aspect of supporting children’s learning. It is the whole aspect of positive relationships that help children develop a sense of belonging which allows children to venture out, take risks, ask questions, problem solve, make choices and explore their knowledge knowing they feel safe and secure.  

Christine is the centre manager, she has owned and operated three early childhood services and has been employed by the Education Review Office as a review officer and the Ministry of Education as a senior advisor. Christine is passionate about providing high quality education to children in Kaiapoi.   Leigh, Leda and Laura are our preschool teachers.  Allie works in the office, in the nursery and in the preschool.  Juny, Mel and Lara are our nursery teachers.  Allie, Leisa, Lara  and  Christine are also fully trained Montessori teachers. 



Christine Kirkeby  Manager - Master of Education (Educational Leadership),  Bachelor of Teaching ECE, Post Graduate Diploma of Evaluation, Diploma of Teaching - ECE, Aperfield Montessori Diploma, Diploma of Child and Adolescent psychology - in training. First Aid Certificate, Teacher Registration.

Allie       Teacher/ Manager, Aperfield Montessori Diploma. 

Leigh      Diploma of Teaching (ECE) Teacher Registration

Mel         Bachelor of teaching and learning, Graduate Diploma of teaching (ECE) Teacher registration

Leda       Diploma of Teaching,  Teacher Registration

Laura       Diploma of Teaching (ECE) Teacher Registration

Lara         Diploma of Teaching (ECE) Aperfield Montessori Diploma, Teacher Registration

Juny        Bachelor of Teaching (ECE) 

Leisa        Works part time, Aperfield Montessori Diploma