Opening Times

Term time only
38 weeks of the year

We are open Monday to Friday. Children can access fuded sessions betwee 8.30 and 2.30 pm with an optional late pick up at 3pm.

The Montessori classroom – a prepared environment

The sessions are a mixture of child-initiated and adult led activities, with a free-flow outdoor/indoor. Our sessions are based on the Montessori principles of freedom of choice within a planned environment. The Montessori environment covers the following areas:

Practical Life

These are the exercises that are first presented to the child as they involve simple and precise tasks (pouring, sweeping, folding clothes…), which children have observed adults do at home and therefore want to imitate. These exercises will help the child develop eye-hand coordination which will be helpful for later writing. The practical life exercises will aid the inner construction of discipline, organisation, independence and self-esteem through concentration on a precise and completed cycle of activity.

Practical Life at The Garden Montessori

Sensorial Materials

The sensorial materials help to develop all five senses and allow the child to organise and classify the impressions of the environment gathered during earlier stages of their life. The materials introduce the child to new concepts and vocabulary (shape, colour and size), which are the foundation for later mathematical concepts. The materials also help refine muscular control in preparation for writing and holding a pencil.

Developing childhood senses at The Garden Montessori

Creativity

Creativity allows children to develop their physical skills and imagination. It recognises the importance of self-expression through arts and craft activities, manipulative play with play dough and messy play, music and movement and drama. A painting table is freely available throughout the course of the day.

Encouraging creativity at The Garden Montessori

Mathematics

By indirectly introducing number skills and mathematical concepts (one-to-one correspondence, seriation and sorting) in the Sensorial apparatus, the child is then ready to begin using the various mathematics materials designed to teach number names, quantities and simple sums.

Developing mathematic skills at The Garden Montessori

Understanding the World

This area of the Montessori classroom includes science, nature, history and biology. These subjects are dealt with initially relating to the child’s immediate environment, later encompassing a much wider concept. Jigsaw maps, globes and classification cards are used to introduce the child to a wealth of information and encourage them to explore and observe the world around them. We aim to provide a range of multi-cultural activities to enhance the child’s perception of the world and all who live in it. We use real life pictures of people, places, homes and costume from around the world.

Science, nature and history at The Garden Montessori

Communication, Language and Literacy

The Montessori method is based on the phonics approach and starts by developing the child’s phonic awareness through language games, rhymes, poems and stories. The sandpaper letters introduce the child to the letter shape and sound. Our staff has been trained to use programs such as ECAT (Every Child a Talker) and BLAST (Boosting Language Auditory Skills and Talking) both have been recognized as good practice to develop language, communication, listening and comprehension skills in Early Years. Children are prepared for writing through practical, sensorial and arts and craft exercises that help develop the pincer grip. Their ability to hold a pencil is further refined by the use of insets for design.

The fundamental aims of the Montessori method of education are to sow the seeds of interest that will fuel learning, giving children “an education for life”.