At Little People Montessori Nurseries we plan a comprehensive curriculum for our children using the Early Years Foundation Stage, but compliment it with our preferred method of education – the Montessori approach.
Maria Montessori believed children under the age of six absorb knowledge spontaneously, without effort and have an intense desire to become as independent as possible by perfecting all the physical, mental and social skills that will form their personality.
The prepared environment of our Montessori room is designed to support these aspects of development and allows our children the freedom of action to grow as individuals. The aim is to encourage all children to use their inner resources to the full; to become independent self-motivated learners who can work and play harmoniously with their peers.
Children have the opportunity to learn through their own individual activity, giving them the freedom of choice to access equipment for themselves. We always encourage the concepts of kindness, courtesy and respect for others, in the school environment and the wider world.
The Montessori areas are;
Language Development - Every day the children have the opportunity to express themselves and extend their vocabulary through conversations, songs, listening to stories and circle time. This is essential for the development of social skills and future academic work. Children learn the phonetic sound of the letters and are encouraged to build their own words before reading the words of others. Our book corners and our book home loan gives the children the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books and their uses.The children also take part in French and Spanish lessons throughout the week.
Mathematics - The Montessori designed materials are used to introduce the concept of Maths. The children learn quantities and matching symbols, always learning from what they know, and can see to the abstract, developing a natural understanding of basic mathematical concepts. The children become familiar with the basis of early maths which include sorting, matching, ordering, sequencing and counting activities.
Practical Life Skills - provides children the basic skills of everyday life, this is accomplished through meaningful activities, using real life objects to practice and acquire skills of daily living. These exercises help develop concentration and co-ordination of movement, together with patience, determination, and care of one self and the environment around us. We also stress the importance of courtesy, good manners and the consideration of others.
Sensorial Activities - materials are introduce to help refine the senses, each piece of equipment contains one isolated quality such as size, sound, smell and texture. The materials help to recognise differences and similarities. Shape defines the characteristics of written letters and numerals so we introduce geometric shapes at an early age to help with shape recognition and to extend vocabulary.
Cultural - We aim to give children an awareness of themselves as individuals within their own environment and the greater environment. To assist the child in his quest for knowledge we include activities involving Geography, History, Science, Cookery and Biology. We want children to respect and take responsibility of the natural world which includes learning about animals, insects and plant life. Within our environment we support children to develop their confidence, independence and self-respect. They are encouraged to work independently but also as part of a group, sharing and working with other children and adults. Through activities, conversation and practical example children learn to express their own feelings and have respect for the feelings of others.
Creative - We encourage the children’s artistic abilities by providing a wide range of craft activities. There are many opportunities for the children to take part in role play, singing songs and rhymes, musical instruments are played. We also have a weekly ballet and yoga classes which develops balance, co-ordination and expression.
Assessment of children is based on observations and recording of children’s progress supported by samples of their work and photographs observing their engagement with activities within the setting both inside and outside. These observations describe the child’s unique learning and are kept in the ‘This is Me’ folder which is a collection of ongoing evidence and the basis for the assessment of individual children’s learning and progress within the setting. Evaluated observations help practitioners understand the child’s achievements, interests and learning styles and will provide the next steps for planning for the individual child. At our Parent’s Evenings your child’s Key-worker /Teacher will discuss your child’s work with you and show you the work they have done so far with your child. This is a valuable meeting to discuss your child’s progress so far in the nursery and their next opportunities to learn. This folder is taken home when your child leaves as a lovely memento of their time at Little People Montessori Nurseries.
The Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s school readiness.
The EYFS learning and development requirements comprise of 7 areas:
Three areas are important for children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn and form relationships with other children and adults.
These Prime areas are:
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Literacy • Mathematics • Understanding the World, and • Expressive Arts and Design
At Little People Montessori Nurseries we plan a suitable curriculum for our children using the Early Years Foundation Stage, but compliment this with our preferred method of education – the Montessori approach.
Babies need time spent on their tummies it helps them to develop their back and neck muscles needed for future movement. Babies who are laid on their backs all day do not get a chance to develop these crucial muscles in the same way. Regular tummy time works to increase babies' movement skills and confidence needed for crawling and also helps to develop their coordination and balance and babies that engage in regular time on their front each day are generally able to roll, crawl, sit, stand and walk earlier than babies that do not.
I feel that the nursery has been extremely supportive of my son's development and his areas of weakness, working together to achieve the same goal.
The staff are very friendly, helpful and I'm sure all the children past and present will never forget them. My daughter has a particularly good relationship with many of the staff members from across the board and always comes home with stories about all the fun stuff she got up to in the day. The girls are very good role models for her and I absolutely love them and all too pieces. They not only care for the children but I can see their genuine interest in the children's well being is at their core. This makes me feel at ease dropping her off as I know she will be treated equally and fairly at all times. My daughter has a very specific diet and when requested, the staff were happy to facilitate her dietary needs which I found to be amazing as not every establishment would be so accommodating
Both my Daughters aged 18 months and 3 1/2 have settled really well in the nursery thanks to the loving and caring staff. I always found everyone to be very friendly and welcoming. I know my daughters are well looked after and kept busy with lots of activities. My 3 year old particularly enjoys ballet, forest school and soft play. She has really thrived here and learnt to count to 20 and recognises a few letters. Very happy with the nursery overall and would highly recommend it.
Extremely happy with our time at Little People. They have looked after both our daughter and son from 12 months - 3.5 years old.
Caring, professional staff.
Well structured and a good array of activities. Happy children developing well.