Explore. Learn. Grow.
The Village Hall, Bakers Piece, Kingston Blount, OXON OX39 4SW
We are registered and inspected regularly by the Office for Standards in
Education (Ofsted), following its procedures on child welfare and education.
We are also inspected and accredited by Montessori Board of Accreditation which
happens every three years.
Inspection by Health and Fire Officers occur periodically to ensure a safe environment for your child. A copy of the latest Ofsted and Montessori Accreditation Report would be available on request or online. We are proud of a continuous inspection record acknowledging excellent practice and a very high standard provision.
Our classes at The Montessori Nursery School are filled with children of mixed
ages of 2 - 5 years old. We find the younger children enjoy watching and copying the older children and therefore progress at a greater speed, while the older children gain confidence through their ability to help and guide the younger children. Each child learns at his/her own pace so no-one is held back.
The younger children aged 2 - join the morning sessions for 2 or 3 days in a week to settle in their new environment, which is then extended as children grow older.
The session begins with a Montessori work cycle (free play period) of 2.45 hours. This is when the children are given the chance to make independent choices of what they wish engage in. The classroom is filled with well-made attractive materials which encompass all seven areas of learning and development. The materials are based on utilising the children's natural desire to learn using their five senses. They use the Montessori practical life and sensorial equipment which can involve transferring liquid and dry substances, grading objects according to size, weight and texture, and using taste and smelling jars. All these activities enhance the child's concentration skills and encourage the completion of the cycle of the activity, whilst helping to refine and stimulate the child's senses.
During the 2.45 hours of work cycle, children can also make use of the outdoor area, planting, digging, looking for insects, playing with sand or chalking and many other role-play activities. Snack is also available from 10.15, when children serve themselves and wash up their plates and glasses.
at 11.45 children gather together to enjoy either celebrating a birthday, playing musical instruments or engaging in topic of the week.
At 12.00 we say good-by to our morning children whilst the rest get ready for lunch. During the afternoon 'all day children get involved in different project work and continue the work cycle, as the morning session. At 2.45, the children sit for a story to relax and get ready for going home at 3.00.