Montessori Classes

30 months - 4 years

Aimed to develop the 'whole' child whilst ensuring they have fun each day.

Preparing your child for school life...

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.

Early Years Foundation Stages (EYFS)

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

Specific Areas:

• 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.

From our Blog

Montessori Activities at Home (part 3)


In the third part of our series, we will explore activities that might come in handy if you are stuck inside while the weather is bad. We all know children need to focus that energy when they are indoors, so why not try the following:


Our son joined the nursery just after his first birthday and we have been extremely pleased with the care and attention he has received. As such, we definitely intend on sending our second child to the nursery when the time comes.

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Fulham? Extremely Likely

R B (father of child)
June 28, 2018

My Daughter started full time at the nursery when she was 5 months. I always felt that she was in very good hands, surrounded with love, stimulated with appropriate games and activities. The staff are lovely and very competent. I recommend the nursery every time I can.  

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Fulham? Extremely Likely

Marine P
July 17, 2018

We have been so happy with the love and care that our son has had at Little People of Fulham. Starting him at one, we were nervous he was too young but soon our fears were allayed and he settled well. We have seen him grow in confidence and he has benefitted from spending time with other children his age. The staff are dedicated and clearly also love our son as much as us!

How likely would you be to recommend Little People of Fulham? Extremely Likely

Leila K
June 28, 2018

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.

Danielle Smart
June 13, 2018
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