About us

Our Montessori School in Durban North was established in 1993. We are situated in a lovely old home with spacious, shady gardens in the quiet suburb of Durban North. The montessori school is 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, yet remained true to our vision. Our teaching staff and pupils represent the rich cultural diversity of South Africa.

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 the Department of Education.  We are long-standing members of The South African Montessori Association (www.samontessori.org.za), with full membership status.  Our school is also an active member of the International ‘One Planet’ organisation.

We Montessori School offer:

  • Toddler group for children from 18 months to 3 years: situated in a self-contained classroom and  garden area, with a maximum group size of 15 pupils, taught by one teacher and 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  shared classroom assistants.
  • 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 is available.

Our Montessori School 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 Montessori School 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.

Our Values

Integrity, Equality, Compassion, Humility and Curiosity.

These values underpin our daily conduct, relationships, teaching and curriculum.  We use the heart mind curriculum https://heartmindonline.org/ as our framework for teaching EQ.


The Heart Mind concepts that we use to reinforce our school values heartmindonline.org