The Montessori movement was founded by Dr Maria Montessori at the beginning of the 20th Century. It focuses on personal development and individual progress, encouraging the child to develop as a whole person. The results are more mature, creative and socially adept children.
In a Montessori classroom a range of activities is set up and children choose what they want to do, engaging with each for as little or as long as they want. The teacher will observe what a child is interested in and find other ways to engage them.
There are five key principles:
With Montessori, great focus is given to the formation of the child’s fundamental capacities during the first years of life - not just intellectual capacity but also the development of a strong character.
Children are given the freedom to develop according to their own unique timetable and as a result they are able to reach each developmental milestone as and when they are ready. Actively engaged in their own development in this way they grow into confident, socially aware, empathetic adults who are contributing members of society.
At Buttercups we use Montessori equipment and methods but incorporate them into the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.
We have a wide range of Montessori equipment, to challenge, develop and entice children at all ages and levels. All of our teachers are trained in delivering Montessori practices. We place great emphasis on sensory materials
Montessori works really well alongside the EYFS curriculum because both focus on the individual needs of the child, good relationships between teacher and learner, and a positive learning environment.