Downley nursery

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To understand how the Montessori nursery philosophy translates into a method of education, come and look more closely at Maria Montessori’s aim-to assist the development of the whole child, with equal emphasis being given to his emotional, social, physical and intellectual development:

To help your child reach his full intellectual potential

Through the use of the Montessori nursery materials, your child will quickly become an independent learner and will therefore be able to develop at his own pace following his inborn motivation. The huge scope and versatility of the materials provides equally for the child with special needs, the less able and the very able child. They are designed to encourage your child to explore, experiment and develop his creativity. Even the earliest activities start your child on his path to literacy and numeracy. The cultural and aesthetic subjects are also important, providing both breadth and depth to his learning.


To develop your child’s unique personality

This is achieved through providing a secure, calm, ordered environment with a happy family atmosphere where your child’s rights and individuality are respected. Learning is not imposed; rather your child is guided within a carefully structured environment rich with learning opportunities.


To encourage your child to be come a balanced, independent member of society

The Montessori materials and the structure of the day help your child to develop independence, confidence, self-control and respect for his environment and others. Multi-cultural issues are an important feature of the curriculum.


To encourage your child to become physically competent

Your child learns primarily by ‘doing’. The early materials in particular encourage your child to become dextrous, develop hand/eye coordination and concentration. Other activities refine gross motor skills such as PE, dance and our popular excursions to the adjacent common.

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OFSTED said:

"Children's needs are quickly identified and exceptionally well met through highly effective partnership working between staff, parents and local agencies. As a result, all children make excellent progress in relation to their starting points."


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