Ethos

At The Garden Montessori our aim is to implement the philosophy of  Maria Montessori and her method of education, alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage.  We also believe children need to be in nature for long periods and have access to unstructured and open-ended play where they can make discoveries and connections and learn social skills.

We aim to offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

The Montessori Ethos

At the heart of the Montessori ethos are the words ‘Follow the child ’. Children are naturally motivated to learn and will follow their inner teacher to become independent learners.

Children are able to do this in our carefully prepared indoor and outdoor classroom, using a range of self-educating and self-correcting actvities.

Dr. Maria Montessori was the first female medical doctor in Italy (1896). During World War II, she developed Education for Peace in India. She earned two Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

The Montessori Ethos

Engaging with Nature

We find that children are naturally drawn to playing outside. Our outdoor classroom allows children to feel safe to explore and use nature’s loose parts (logs, pine cones, shells, sand, water and mud) to understand the world.

When children are encouraged to use loose parts and try their own ideas, they are driven to learn. They are driven to not only ask their own questions, but also discover their own answers and create new possibilities

Engaging with Nature

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The Montessori approach to education shares the underlying principles of the EYFS.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play based framework that childcare providers use as a tool to ensure that children from birth to five years are developing and learning to their full potential.

Parents can find out more information here

Providers plan and provide a range of play activities, which help children to make progress in each of the key areas of learning and development identified by the framework.

“The EYFS expresses these principles in terms with which Montessorians are very familiar: that each child is unique; that positive relationships form the basis for personal respect supporting learning; that the learning environment has a key role in extending learning and development, and that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. The Montessori approach, which seeks to provide organised play as a means of promoting specific skills and concepts, is at one with the EYFS view of learning. In particular both see observation of children as central to promoting children’s learning and development.”

– Guide to the EYFS in Montessori Settings