Montessori Schools - a commitment to excellence
Montessori is the world’s largest education movement. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child's early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.
The Montessori method
The method is named after Dr Maria Montessori, who was one of the most important early years’ educators of the 20th century. The approach is holistic and believes children learn best by doing for themselves. Montessori is child-centred and provides specially designed classroom resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.
Maria Montessori toured the world lecturing but never trademarked her pedagogy. In 2008, the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Scheme was introduced by Montessori St Nicholas, the UK’s leading Montessori charity. The scheme builds on Montessori’s current OFSTED success with 88% of its 600+ member schools receiving good or outstanding at last inspection.
100 Montessori schools are now MEAB accredited which means they are committed to putting “best practice” at the heart of their setting and will continue to look to improve the quality of their school to benefit children, parents and staff.
Please look out for the MEAB plaque when you visit your local Montessori school. It shows the school is working towards excellence in Montessori practice.
Signs of a good Montessori school:
- A beautiful, clean, calm and ordered environment
- A child-sized environment where as many objects and activities as possible are within the child’s reach.
- Children of different ages working alongside each other
- Clearly defined curriculum areas
- Children not always waiting to be told what to do
- Children demonstrating independence and confidence
- Teachers that often seem to stand back and observe the children
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