The Montessori method is a way of educating young children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori.
Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children the world over.
Did you know Montessori was the brain behind child sized furniture and bright and airy classrooms?
The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child’s early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn. Maria Montessori saw that children learn best by doing and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.
Dr. Montessori discovered what she referred to as “the child’s true normal nature” during her observation of young children when given freedom in an environment equipped with materials designed for their self-directed learning.
The Montessori method aims to replicate the experimental nature of children to encourage and support their true natural way of being.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage together with elements of the philosophy and practices of Maria Montessori. Children will develop at their own pace and each child’s development is closely monitored and the Curriculum is applied accordingly. Alongside the Montessori method, we also use the Jolly Phonics to teach the children about sounds, letters and actions that are widely used in the schools.