About us

Established in 1993, we are situated in a lovely old home with spacious, shady gardens in the quiet suburb of Durban North, easily accessible from Umhlanga in the north and Morningside and the Berea to the South.

Over the years we have continued to evolve to cater for needs in our community, but have remained true to our vision. Our teaching staff and pupils represent the rich cultural diversity of South Africa.  We show respect for the  different religions in our community by learning about their celebrations and like to serve out community by helping those less fortunate than ourselves.  This builds a common ground for all humanity and is more productive than highlighting differences.

Co-Principals Lucy Cronje and Rose Lowry have a commitment to ongoing training and staff development, which is core to the success of the service we provide. Ocean View is registered with the Department of Social Welfare and registration with the Education Department is in the final stages.  We are long-standing members of The South African Montessori Association (www.samontessori.org.za), with full membership status.

We offer:

  • Toddler group for children from 18 months to 3 years: enclosed within its own gardens, with a maximum group size of 15 pupils, taught by one teacher and an assistant.
  • Pre-school for children from 3 – 6 years: situated in the main house with four groups from ‘000’ to Grade R, with a of maximum group size of 15 and a shared classroom assistant.
  • Junior primary for children from 6 – 9 years: Situated on the upper floor. The maximum class size is 24 children from Grades 1 -3, and two primary teachers.
  • Aftercare and holiday care: supervised by our Ocean View staff, according to the needs of the school families.

Our Vision

It is our aim to prepare the children fully for their future steps in education and life; to enable them to live happily and positively; to feel empowered to strive for excellence in the fields of their choice.

Our Mission

To provide a dynamic, creative, healthy and safe learning environment that promotes independence, enquiry, learning and fun. Children are to feel valued, loved and stimulated. Respect for the individual overrides the need for competition and facilitates a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere.  The Montessori Method is implemented with integrity and passion by our Montessori teachers and support staff.