Over thirty years ago, Nelson Montessori was founded by a community of parents who were passionate about bringing Montessori preschool education to Nelson. In 1998, Nelson Montessori was bought by Nissa Mowjood, who had taught at the school since 1991.

Nissa is an AMI qualified Montessori teacher who trained in Sri Lanka and has lived in Nelson for decades. Outside of teaching, Nissa contributes to the Nelson community in her role as a Justice of Peace.

In April 2003, Nissa established Stoke Montessori with the aim of offering Montessori education to the wider Nelson community. By 2012, interest in Montessori education in Nelson continued to grow. To serve this need, Nissa established a third school called Kauri Montessori on Tukuka Street. In 2015, Nelson, Stoke and Kauri Montessori Schools were collectively grouped under the umbrella name “The Bays Montessori Schools” to convey that the schools are run by the same management and guided by the same vision.