Maria Montessori was born in Ancona, Italy in 1870. During
her early work with children with special needs, she developed
learning materials to help them follow a normal academic
programme and enter the sate school system. Maria Montessori
was so impressed with the results from these children that
she was inspired to continue her work.
She continued her
work observing children and how they learn and developing
learning materials. She opened her first montessori school
in 1907 starting the widespread adoption of the montessori
method of Education.
For more information about Montessori please visit the
Montessori St Nicholas Centre at www.montessori.org.uk
What is Montessori
The essence of Montessori
is that every child is treated with care, patience
and respect, encouraging them to become independent and
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment
where children are free to respond to their natural tendency
to work, they self-access activities and material in response
to their own interests.
The children's innate passion for
learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to
engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance
of a trained adult.
Through their work, the children develop
concentration and self-discipline and progress at their
own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
the correct answers will get a child through school, but
learning how to learn
is a preparation for life’ - Maria Montessori
What we do at Westwood Montessori
At Westwood Montessori
pre-school we offer an opportunity for children to learn,
develop and meet their individual needs using the Montessori
method of education. The environment is entirely child-centred
and the team of dedicated staff work with every child following
their natural development.
They actively encourage the
use of the outside area at the pre-school. The children
grow their own vegetables, fruits and flowers, they care
for the pets, ducks and chickens, giving them an understanding
of the fundamental needs of living things. They have the
opportunity to spend time learning in a forest school in
a local wood, working very closely with nature.
What they say...
"Westwood Montessori provides
an excellently resourced learning environment for its
children. The calm, focused atmosphere of the nursery school
provides an environment
aimed at promoting every child’s freedom & independence."