Montessori Nursery

Sunshine Montessori logo  About Montessori

Dr Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician, educator, philosopher and humanitarian. She is best known for her philosophy and method of education of children from birth to adolescence. She was the first female doctor of medicine in Italy, and through her interest in paediatrics, psychiatry and educational theory, she proposed her own philosophy of child development. This forms the basis for the successful and enduring teaching method known as the Montessori method.


The main principles of the Montessori method are:

  • All children have absorbent minds
  • Children have an inborn drive to learn
  • Children learn through being active
  • Children pass through ‘sensitive periods’

 

All Babies, Toddlers And Children Have Absorbent Minds

They have a phenomenal inborn ability to learn with ease, especially from birth to the age of 6 years, but to reach their full potential their environment must be rich with learning opportunities. Whatever your child’s age, once he has joined our nursery he will have access to a great range of activities, both indoors and outdoors, appropriate to his stage of development.

 

Babies And Children Have An Inborn Drive To Learn

In the Montessori world learning is not imposed on your child. Rather the teacher harnesses the child’s desire to learn, guiding your child within a carefully structured environment designed to help him reach his full potential.

 

Babies And Children Learn Through Being Active

Few young children are good at sitting and listening. They learn in an active, concrete way. Most activities are self-correcting, so after being shown once, your child learns through exploring and experimenting with this unique material. From their earliest days in nursery, children are introduced in a fun and practical way to a far-reaching curriculum including numeracy, literacy, science, history, geography, music, art, games and dance, languages and social skills.

 

Children Pass Through ‘Sensitive Periods’

These are phases in a child’s life when he becomes particularly interested in certain skills, and learning is therefore especially fast and acute. An obvious example is the sensitive period for language development from birth to 4 years. The adults working with your child carefully observe your child in order to provide activities most suited to your child’s interests and needs.

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OFSTED said:

"Staff follow the children's lead and support them in choosing from the good quality resources that are very accessible to them. This includes a full range of Montessori equipment, and other resources, that are clearly labelled. This encourages children to make independent choices and extend their play and learning."


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