Our Montessori programme is designed to fully prepare children for their next stage of schooling and is intertwined with the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) that aims to lead children to achieve a number of Early Learning Goals. These are grouped under six broad areas of learning: Personal, social and emotional development, Communication, language and literacy, Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy, Knowledge and understanding of the world, creative development and physical development.
Our Montessori classrooms are characterised by an emphasis on order, cleanliness and harmony. Classrooms are arranged to facilitate movement from one activity area to the other. Our trained Montessori teachers encourage children in different activities, making sure that only material which supports the learning development of the child is included. So no cluttered classrooms or walls at Elm Park! Our Montessori classroom materials include activities for engaging in practical skills - such as pouring and spooning; materials for the development of the senses, mathematical materials, language materials, music and art materials.
Our curriculum is planned using the Montessori philosophy and principles, guided by the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
This informs the way that we care for our children, with the nursery day carefully balanced so that children have time to be active, time to play and be noisy, time to be quiet, time to listen, time to concentrate and time to rest.
The curriculum is child led with the needs of each unique child met through careful observation and planning.