Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator. Her educational method builds on the way children learn naturally. She opened the first Montessori school—the Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House—in Rome on January 6, 1907. Her teaching methods have inspired generations of nursery teachers and the Montessori movement is now well established around the world.
How children learn
Montessori realised children are active learners, building their personalities and brains by touching, hearing, seeing, tasting, smell and other senses.
She developed beautifully crafted wooden and sensory toys to help each child develop and refine their senses of the world around them. Activities are hands-on, made of "real" materials like glass and ceramic, and child-sized. Many are also self-correcting so the child can problem solve by themselves. This boosts their self-esteem, problem-solving skills and removes their dependence on an adult.
The statutory EYFS framework is delivered through the Montessori philosophy, modelling positive behaviour and respect for everyone.
The environment is a calm space for children to explore. Toys are selected to invite the child to develop and learn in natural light with access to the outdoors. Everything is delivered with the child in mind, from child sized furniture and self selection shelving to beautiful interesting objects for children to explore and choose their learning path.
The Unique Child
Each child develops along a unique path. Teachers observe children and plan for their next steps individually, taking into account and understanding their interests, likes, dislikes and preferences. Children are not interrupted or hurried. Once they have finished playing with any activity children are supported to return to shelving ready for the next child.
Montessori children are confident, independent, motivated and active learners.
We offer high-quality, holistic education for 2 – 4 year olds. Whilst getting to know each child and their family we consider the varied cultures, music/art, language and wider experiences. The classroom belongs to the children, the environment remains calm and the activities and materials entice them to explore. Each area of the indoor and outdoor classroom offers carefully chosen activities to help children learn and develop.
Our service is friendly, peaceful and links to the local area and community and we're eager to meet you.