One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. – Maria Montessori
We provide exceptional quality of care and education and because of this the children at our nursery feel at home and therefore able to learn and enjoy their first taste of school life.
In a recent inspection, OFSTED have said that we are... "passionate about ensuring children receive an inspirational learning environment....children flourish in our care and make excellent progress". The school has had seven OFSTED inspections (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 & 2016), and has achieved the highest level of grading in all of these.
See the full report here.
We are also a fully-accredited Montessori setting. We underwent our 3rd Montessori Evaluation and Assessment Board (MEAB) accreditation in June 2018. For this, we had to prepare a self-appraisal document and an assessor came to review our Montessori practice. The outcome was 'outstanding' for both our initial and re-accreditation visits. The staff, management and quality of the learning environment both in and outdoors were judged to be areas of excellence in Montessori terms and the interaction between the children, their opportunities for self-directed learning, creativity and problem-solving were highlighted.
See the full report here.
We are registered with Montessori St Nicholas and with the Montessori Schools Association.
A nurturing & engaging learning environment
We are a fully equipped, true Montessori setting.
We provide a warm and understanding educational environment for 2½ to 5 year olds.
We offer the opportunity for children to learn through a range of activities, from simple practical tasks like doing up buttons, to activities which develop reading, writing and mathematical skills.
Our curriculum complements and fully integrates the complete range of Montessori materials that we use.
We offer a wide range of activities aimed at each child’s level and with maximum opportunity for their involvement & participation. Although many activities are individual or in small groups, we also plan daily larger group activities. Since nursery school is often a child's first experience in adjusting to a larger group and making friends, this experience is offered with care and understanding so that a sense of security and belonging is nurtured from the start.
We make full provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage (the DfE’s Early Years Curriculum Guidance) and offer this through topics and themes.
Come and visit our classroom
In addition to the equipment which you would normally associate with a nursery school, such as books, puzzles, art equipment and musical instruments, you will see that our Montessori class has special teaching materials which fall within the following categories:
Activities such as pouring and buttoning which enable children to perfect many skills of daily life, whilst also improving co-ordination, concentration and self-confidence.
Young children learn mainly through sensory experience. This equipment helps improve children's sensory ability, making them better able to learn. It also shows the fundamentals of the physical world (such as shape, form and colour), a clear understanding of these is the foundation for later, more abstract learning.
We have many activities which prepare children for writing and help them recognise the phonetic sounds of our language. Once the foundation is laid, reading and writing are learnt through simple and enjoyable activities.
A range of games give children concrete experience of basic number concepts, with gradual progression being made towards the abstract.
The activities encourage the development of communication skills, creativity, co-ordination and investigative skills.
We have a large, sheltered garden, which the children enjoy all year round. In addition we take small groups of children on weekly field trips to explore and learn about their natural environment and extend their indoor activities into nature.