What Our Partners Say
The study of child psychology in the first years of life opens to our eyes such wonders that no one seeing them with understanding can fail to be deeply stirred. Our work as adults does not consist in teaching, but in helping the infant's mind in it's work of development Maria Montessori
You would have been proud of Jessica's Montessori training yesterday!
Jon and I were with my mum and step-dad, and she was deciding whose turn it would be to wear her teddy bear necklace. First, Jessica chose her Dad because she said he had been sitting "so patiently and sitting nicely." Then, to decide who would go next, she stood up in the middle of us and said we should vote. She asked who wanted to go anti-clockwise and asked them to raise their hand. Then she asked who wanted to go clockwise and asked them to raise their hand (explaining to Grandpa that he was only allowed to vote once!)
She then announced that we would be going anti-clockwise because "3 is bigger than 1", and when I asked her why we vote she said it was because this is a democracy! Haha!
Mum, Roy and Jon were all in shock that she had come out with this - I explained that this is how we make decisions at Children's House! :-)
Congratulations to you and the team on achieving the UNICEF silver award. I am very pleased Ollie can be part of such a forward thinking and caring setting in which he is learning excellent principles.
Thank you for all your hard work in making it such a lovely place for him and all the children to attend.
Unicef Inspectors "Respect is an integral part of the school's ethos and a very positive and supportive learning environment was evident to the assessors throughout their visit. Children are nurtured to be aware of the needs of others. For example, there are sand timers to help support turn taking and mats to give pupils their own work space. Older children are also encouraged, as appropriate, to support younger children. If disagreements occur a 'peace table' is used to help resolve issues. At the peace table, children take it in turns to comment (when they are holding a toy rabbit) and through this process a resolution is found. As the headteacher explained, use of the peace table is 'always linked[ed] to the right to talk."
MEAB report "Children's House Montessori is successfully led by the highly dedicated and inspirational Head. The Head is exceptionally passionate about creating a nurturing and enriching learning environment that follows the principles of the Montessori philosophy. In addition to this, she is a strong advocate of being an accredited Unicef Rights Respecting School, a scheme that aims to empower children to understand and communicate their rights and to have strong aspirations in life. The Head is fully supported by an experienced and committed team; together they bring a wealth of attributes in providing a rich and exciting range of learning experiences. All staff members have high expectations of children and are closely attuned to each individual child's interests and development. Adults and children build trusting and respectful relationships, which creates a nursery where children are confident and independent learners with extremely high self-esteem and a positive approach towards learning. Partnership with parents is outstanding."
Ofsted "The highly experienced and ambitious manager is an inspiring leader. She works very closely with enthusiastic and well qualified staff team to maintain the high quality of practice. Children are highly respected and listened to. From the start they form extremely secure emotional attachments with nurturing staff. They offer limitless support to children and families when required. parents refer to staff as supportive, attentive and amazing!"
Our parents "all of my child's learning happens here, he is happy here and he is learning so much, thank you".
Our children - "I don't want to go home, I want to stay here".
Our children "I can't wait to get to school, I have so much I want to do".
Our staff "I love working here".
Everything I know I know because I love Tolstoy