The Montessori Benefits
All children do significantly better at school if they have been to a good nursery" - Department for Education Survey, November 2004.
It is widely recognised that children that have received a good nursery education have an excellent start when moving to their full time school. On average, the Department for Education found that seven-year-olds who had received a pre-school education scored 30% higher in English and Maths than those who had not, and 50% higher if they had attended a high-quality nursery from the age of two.
The Survey also found that nurseries
were particularly effective if they had an "instructive learning
environment" - simple play was not enough and children greatly benefited
from being taught reading and maths by trained teachers. Seven key features
of the most effective nurseries were identified:
They could have been describing Rainbow Little Waltham!
We achieve these by using the world-renowned Montessori education system - but do not be afraid of the word Montessori. If you know nothing about it, please do come and see the nursery in action. You will see the mixed aged groups of children, which provide a natural family setting, enabling the younger children to learn from the older ones and not just the teacher. You will observe the aesthetically pleasing and orderly classroom enabling the children to find the materials they need and replace them after use. Come and see the affection and respect given to the children and how we demonstrate each piece of material, allowing the child all the time they need to repeat and perfect their use of the material. Notice how the children appear happy, self directed and engaged in many activities without direct teacher involvement.
The founder of this highly successful teaching method, Maria Montessori, was a doctor and developed her teaching methods to allow the child freedom to learn within a prepared environment. Her philosophy enables the child to build independence, confidence and social skills by taking the child through a progression of social and practical tasks. The child is able to work at their own pace to allow their full potential to shine through and develop. This will be achieved by encouraging the child to work individually or in groups. Montessori materials encourage the children to learn in various different fields:
Practical Life - Skills such as pouring, sorting, threading.
Sensorial - Developing the five senses.
Maths Development - Using rods, counters and beads.
Language Development - Practising phonic sounds and using words and letters.
Cultural - Learning about the world
we live in.
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