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.

Practical Life

The very first activities children take part in within a Montessori classroom are designed to develop their ability to look after themselves and their surroundings. They can practice dressing skills on specially made frames which allow them to try zips, buttons, bows and buckles. They use little jugs filled with beans or rice and then water to practice pouring; they spoon, scoop, or use droppers, tweezers and even chopsticks to transfer from one bowl to another.

Practical life

Other activities use scaled down versions of real equipment: brushes and brooms, wash-up bowls and cloths, show cleaning and polishing kits, even a tiny safe iron and ironing board. There are also varied opportunities for pairing socks, folding and sorting clothes, setting a table, plaiting and sewing - even packing a tiny suitcase.

One mother of a Montessori child discovered exactly what her daughter was capable of when they both went to help at a jumble sale. Her little girl set to work pairing shoes, folding clothes and attempting to impose order on the huge piles of jumble.

That's an example of the confidence as well as the competence which children gain through practical life activities. Their added purpose is that children who work on real tasks which involve the hand and the mind together develop a great capacity to concentrate

Early Years Information