The nursery is opened from 7.30 am - 6.00 pm weekdays (except bank holidays). We cater for children aged 0 - 4 years in our purpose built nursery setting.

Beginners Guide to Montessori Nursery

No two Montessori schools look exactly the same. Each will be responding to the needs of individual children and to differences in the society and culture they are part of; teachers will also bring in their own special skills and interests.

On a first visit to a Montessori nursery parents usually recognise some well-known pieces of equipment like the Pink Tower, but what they are really looking for is more elusive: the essence of Montessori which lies in children's freedom to learn and develop.

In a true Montessori classroom the child's freedom, dignity and independence are of paramount importance; in many ways what the staff of a nursery should not be doing is almost as important as what they should.

Your first impression should be of a classroom where everything is orderly, clean and inviting, with all the activities displayed so that the children can reach them. Although some children will work in small groups, occasionally with a teacher, you should see most children working alone for most of the session. Montessori believed that three hours were necessary for the child's 'work cycle' - a period of self-directed activity when concentration was at its peak. Because sessions are shorter in present-day Montessori nursery, most aim for two and a half hours.

There should be a general atmosphere of children doing things for themselves carefully and competently - carrying furniture, setting tables, pouring drinks and washing their hands - and following activities which absorb and interest them.

Early Years Information