Frequently Asked Questions
There are several questions which we often get asked. We have listed several of those below as an immediate source of information for parents. If you have any suggestions for items to add, please get in touch. Click on a question to expand and reveal the answer.
Yes, we received a surprise visit in August 2015, we are delighted to say we received an OUTSTANDING report on all aspects of our early year’s care.
Truly, the answer to that question is immense! You can read more about the differences on our ethos page.
Yes, we provide 2 hour settling in sessions where you can stay with your child to ensure they are happy and put your mind at rest. Alternatively, you can leave your child with us for this time if you feel happy to do so. We also more than happy for you to visit with your child to get to know our teams.
We follow the Ofsted guidelines for this. For children ages 0-2 years, the ratio is one member of staff for three. For children aged 2-3 years old the ratio is one member of staff to four children. For 3 years and above the ratio is one member of staff for 8 children.
No we do not have a high staff turnover. We are very fortunate to have incredible staff working with us. Continuous Self Development is key for our staff which ensures our staff are happy m we are very lucky to have a dedicated and caring team.
We spend a great amount of time outdoors, no matter what the weather is. We have a fantastic outdoor area which the children love to explore.
We are passionate about healthy eating throughout our nursery. We have our own in-house Chef, Chef Lynda, who prepares healthy nutritious food cooked from fresh ingredients every day. Chef Lynda prepares healthy snacks, hot lunches and light teas.
Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. It focuses on the whole child – their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development and gives the child freedom to learn at their own pace. Montessori education is right for children of any age. Introducing your child to Montessori as early as possible puts them on the right path to becoming a confident, self motivated learner.
What makes Montessori different and what makes it work so well, is that it is based on a deep understanding of the way children learn - through choosing, trying and doing themselves. When put in to contact with the specially developed materials in the prepared environment and the close observation and guidance of a Montessori teacher, this leads to an enormously powerful, confidence building approach to learning.
She was, in many ways, ahead of her time.
In her medical practice, her clinical observations led her to analyse how children learn, and she concluded that they build themselves from what they find in their environment.
Her desire to help children was so strong, however, that in 1906 she gave up both her university chair and her medical practice to work with a group of sixty young children of working parents in the San Lorenzo district of Rome. It was there that she founded the first Casa dei Bambini, or "Children's House." What ultimately became the Montessori method of education developed there, based upon Montessori's scientific observations of these children's almost effortless ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings, as well as their tireless interest in manipulating materials. Every piece of equipment, every exercise, every method Montessori developed was based on what she observed children to do "naturally," by themselves, unassisted by adults.
Children teach themselves.
This simple but profound truth inspired Montessori's lifelong pursuit of educational reform, methodology, psychology, teaching, and teacher training—all based on her dedication to furthering the self-creating process of the child.