Education should be based, above all else, on our confidence in the infinite value and potential of each child

MMI - Golders Green

What Montessori Means To Parents

Reassurance that the Montessori Method will prepare your child for Primary School

 

Confidence that all areas of education are being taught in a concrete and fun way

 

Knowledge that your child will be given the freedom to construct himself

 

Commitment that you are fully aware of your child's progress

 

Satisfaction because building your child's self-esteem, feeling of self worth and confidence is central to Montessori Education.

 

Our Holistic Curriculam

Practical Life Exercises

The exercises of Practical Life, which are the foundation of a Montessori environment, provide a sane and wholesome range of activities which allow your child to develop control and co-ordination of movement, awareness of his/her environment, good work habits, responsibility, concentration, attention, independence, order and positive self-image which can be attained by spontaneous and purposeful work.

 

Sensorial Training

These activities are designed to reinforce the five senses to help guide the children in learning to discriminate, clarify and compare. Sensorial exercises help prepare for intellectual development in an orderly manner. The Sensorial materials introduce the concept of colour, weight, shape, texture, size, sound and smell in an enjoyable way and are great fun for the children. The Sensorial materials teach knowledge and understanding of the world, The Sensorial materials lay a solid foundation for Mathematics, Geometry, Geography, Botany, Art and Music.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

Young children have a phenomenal ability to absorb language. Every effort is made to give each child as much and precise vocabulary as possible. The process of absorbing, communicating and expressing is encouraged whether individually or in a group. This is a very important part of the Montessori curriculum.

 

Sandpaper letters are used to introduce the sounds of the alphabet to the child when he/she is ready. In the Montessori, children do not learn by heart, but utilises all their senses to help them read and write with proper understanding.

 

Discovering language becomes interesting, fun and creative through activities in the Pink, Blue and Green Montessori language series. Each child works at his/her own pace -gradually through daily practices, pre-writing, pre-reading, communication skills and reading.

 

Montessori Mathematics

Mathematics materials are designed to give the child a sound understanding of numbers and their relationship. Work is always introduced in a simple and sensorial way so that the child can see, hold and feel a number or concept and gradually be led to an abstract understanding. Children will learn numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, length, weight, capacity and problem solving.

 

Cultural Subjects

The Montessori cultural subjects cover:

 

a) Nature study
It includes the study of living and non-living things. Children will have the opportunity to explore and understand their environment.

 

b) Botany and Zoology
Children are exposed to the study of plants and animals. They will be taught to classify impressions into clear and simple categories.

 

c) Geography
To launch the child's exploration of the world's physical environment, children are introduced to the various continents, countries, states, land and water forms and the solar system.

 

d) History
Through creative activities such as modelling, painting and collage, children are taught to understand the distinction between the past and present and how the past events have led to the present situation.

 

Field trips

Excursions and field trips are planned to places such as the Zoo, the Bird Park, Botanic Garden, etc. These trips will give the children a chance to explore the outside world and learn new things while having fun.

 

Creative Art

Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning to another, allowing him/her to extend his/her understanding. Children are encouraged to develop their imagination and ability to communicate and express ideas and feelings in creative ways through painting, colouring, collage, play dough, clay, etc. There are opportunities for the children to enjoy singing, music and storytelling. Through these guided activities, children are able to experience success and this in turn will boost their self esteem.

 

Music and Movement

A music and movement programme that develops rhythm and co-ordination in your child. It is designed to nurture and refine your child's musical abilities and help him use these abilities to express himself.

 

Physical Development

A fitness programme that teaches age-appropriate exercises and healthy lifestyles choices.

Physical Development is about improving skills in coordination, manipulation and control. Physical development has two very important aspects: it helps children gain confidence in what they do and also enables them to feel the positive benefits of keeping healthy.

 

Children naturally love to jump, hop, bounce, roll, climb, catch, balance and stretch and have the opportunity to do so here careful supervision.

 

Sand & Water Play

This area provides endless scope and opportunity. Sand and water play holds a sensory experience and encourages manipulative skill (e.g. pouring accurately). It also provides a soothing effect, promote concentration and leads to imaginative play. It provides an outlet for mathematical and scientific discoveries (e.g. volume, capacity, floating and sinking and weight). Sand and water play also give rich opportunities for language building.

 

Outdoor Play Activities

Our programme provides for organised and free outdoor play within a variety of colourful and interactive play equipments. Besides these, there will be organised water and sand play.

 


The Nursery School

Modern Montessori Pre School was established at St. Alban's Church Hall on West Heath Drive, in January 2007 and our OFSTED registration number is EY 366301. The nursery setting is placed within a large church hall with it own enclosed outdoor area. It is situated in the very popular and residential area of Golders Green within close proximity of Golders Green Park. West Heath drive is literally across the road from Golders Green tube station and is also easily accessible from a number of bus routes.

 

The Nursery Programme

We offer quality care for children aged 2 to 5 years. Our premises offer a large sunny and airy room with doors opening onto the garden; the children are accommodated in one large group although each child is assigned to a Key Person who is responsible for their individual learning experience. The children share the opportunity to learn with the Montessori Method of Teaching alongside conventional play equipment as we are committed to the integration of the Montessori Curriculum with the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 

Each child is allowed to develop and learn at his/her own pace; each child is free to learn, to play, to discover and grow. The principle and aim of Modern Montessori Pre School is to provide a secure, serene and happy environment where the child's abilities and skills are encouraged, where good social skills and a joy for learning are introduced in a fun way without any pressure, thus to develop the child self confidence, independence and self esteem ready for 'big school'.

 

Area of Learning

We have created a Sensory, Mathematical, Language, Practical life, and Culture area where the children have the opportunity to enhance, through their senses and develop through exploration in each of these areas.

 

Our Quiet book corner away from work areas is dedicated to book reading, Story telling and the exposure to Classical Music.

The Art & Crafts area is dedicated to Messy Play, Art & Craft, Sand & Water Play and Imaginative Play.

Role-play area where children are able to engage in meaningful play and social interaction.

 

Garden

The children will have the opportunity to explore physical activities indoors and outdoors; we have 'free flow' access to our safe enclosed secure garden throughout the day. Here the children will have the opportunity to engage in some gardening activities as well running, jumping, hopping etc. pit.

 

Fit &Fun

We offer a Fit & Fun session each week, where the children participate in variety of physical education and sport activities such as tennis, football, hoop games, basketball etc. These are organised by professional coaches.

 

Parent and Participation

We welcome parent participation during the school year. If you have a skill that you would like to share with the nursery, please let us know e.g. storytelling, music, and art, dance, gardening, sports, cookery etc.

 

Parents are welcome to join in various activities which are various cultural celebrations and festivals: Mother's and Father's day, Diwali, Black History Month, St. Patrick' s Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, Halloween.

 

Newsletter

A newsletter, which contains an update of planning, activities, events, and meetings, is distributed to parents every term.

 

Parent / Teacher Conference

The nursery maintains records of each child's development progress, which are available to parents upon request. These records are sent home twice a year before parent's evenings, which are normally held in June and November. Parents may discuss their child's progress at any time throughout the year by making a mutually convenient appointment.

 

Educational Outings

Educational outings are planned to enhance learning. We regularly avail of the activities offered by the local library .We organise various outings to place of interest. Parents are given at least 3 weeks' notice and written permission is required. Parents are invited to accompany their child / s to nursery outings.

 

Snack & Pack Lunches

The children all bring in a fruit every morning which they help to cut up and have available to eat when ever they like. We encourage the children to only drink water during the day. Parents are encouraged to send in a healthy packed lunch for children who are staying till 3pm.

 

Opening Times

The nursery opens from 8.45-12.30 Monday to Friday Term - Time only.

 

Admissions

On receipt of a completed registration form and fee of £50 (non-refundable); your child's details will be placed on the waiting list for the term of entry of your choice.

The registration form and cheque should be sent to the nursery address as above.

 

Cheques should be made payable to "Modern Montessori International Ltd." Please note all application will be acknowledged in writing only.

 

 

Offer of a Place

To accept our written offer of a place at the nursery parents would need to:

  • Complete an enrolment form
  • Send a copy of their child birth certificate
  • Send refundable deposit of £100.
Withdraw

In the event of your child be withdrawn from the Nursery please note that one full term's notice of leaving is requested in writing.

 

Free Nursery Educational Place (FNEP)

Every 3 and 4 year old child is entitled up to 15 hours (5 sessions of 3 hours) free nursery education per week. This doesn't include extra curriculum activities such French, Fit and Fun, Music which are offered during the sessions. A child qualifies for this in the term after their 3rd birthday.

 

Employer's Nursery Vouchers

MMI Pre School do accept employer's nursery vouchers.

 

Fees for 2010/2011 -Term Fees

The fees quoted are for the term. Individual terms may vary in length from 11 to 14 weeks; however the total number of weeks in the academic year is always 38 weeks.

 

Payment of term fees:

Term fees are paid by direct debit over three instalments. Direct debits will be processed as follows:

  • Autumn term on September 10th, October 10th and November 10th
  • Spring term on January 10th, February 10th and March 10th
  • Summer term on April 10th, May 10th and June 10th
Child Care Vouchers

We accept certain Child care vouchers from employers who offer this benefit to their eligible employees as a paper or e-voucher. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from NI contributions for employees, whilst offering NI savings for employers. Both parents are eligible to claim as long as they are both in employment. Further information can be found at www.childcarevouchers.co.uk

 

Tax credits

Tax credits are available from the HM Revenue and Customs, based on household circumstances. You may be able to access help with the cost of 'Ofsted approved' childcare if you are working for a minimum of 16 hours per week. Check online at www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits for further information and eligibility.

 

Setting in at MMI Pre-school

At MMI we offer a safe, loving and stimulating environment for your child. We can only achieve this through developing a trusting relationship with you the parents. Before a chid starts at the nursery we invite both you and your child for a settling -in session. During this time you will get the opportunity to meet your child's key person and share your knowledge as the main carer, which is significant to us in developing your child's individual plan. Both you and the child's key person completes a setting in form "First Steps " which is the start of your child's individual learning journey and development profile ,which grows with your child during his /her time at MMI .

 

We discuss what you child likes and dislike their personality, how your child behaves when they are feeling a little under the weather etc...

 

We book additional settling - in sessions building up slowly from one, two hours, three hours and so on.

 

Your child will realise that they can enjoy the activities, but you are coming back, you will get the chance to get used to being away from your child gradually and your child's key person will also have the opportunity to spend time getting to know you and your child.

 

When you and your child are happy, confident and comfortable we can then start your full sessions. We do not charge parents for the settling in period and it is vital for us to ensure we give each child and parent the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the nursery environment before joining.

 

TERM- TIME DATES 2014/2015

Autumn Term 2014
  • First Day: Wednesday 3rd September 2014
  • Half term: Monday 27th October - Friday 31st October 2014
  • Last day: Thursday 18th December 2014
Spring Term 2015
  • First day: Tuesday 6th January 2015
  • Half term: Monday 16th February - Friday 20th February 2015
  • Last day: Friday 27th March 2015
Summer Term 2015
  • First day: Tuesday 14th April 2015
  • Bank holiday: Monday 4th May 2015
  • Half term: Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May 2015
  • Last day: Thursday 23rd July 2015