Extended Day is the third and final stage of the Montessori three year cycle. In many ways it is the most rewarding. It offers the child opportunities to:
- Build on and consolidate skills in an intimate social environment.
- Realise the potential of the Montessori materials while exploring the transition from concrete materials to abstract concepts.
- Take on leadership roles that foster self-esteem and social confidence.
The Director determines when the child is ready to move into the extended day year, usually around his fifth birthday. Completion occurs between three and seven terms of extended day.
Extended Day is recognised as the Kindergarten year by the NSW Board of Studies. At the conclusion of the three year program most children will enter Year One in primary schools.