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

MMI - Streatham

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 is a small, cosy day nursery, which was established in south London in 2005. Ofsted registration number is EY 303578.

 

The nursery is situated on Mitcham Lane SW16 6NS near Thrale Road. The following buses stops are directly outside the nursery premises numbers 333, 57, 201. Streatham

 

Common Station is a 10 minute walk. Rail stations Streatham and Streatham Hill are 8 minutes drive. Tooting Broadway tube station (Northern Line) is a 5 minute drive.

 

MMI Pre - School caters for children aged between 3 months and 5 years old.

 

The nursery is open 5 days a week from 8am - 6pm, 49 weeks of the year. We offer sessional care as well as full-time places. There is also a term-time option available based on a 38 week.

 

Telephone: 0208 769 7539

 

The Nursery Programme

Elm Room

In the baby area we have created a cosy homely atmosphere where babies are cared for as if they are at home. They are given interactive and stimulating activities which use developmentally appropriate toys and play equipment. The Early Years Foundation Stage, which covers all areas of development and learning from birth to five, is implemented as a foundation for planning the curriculum. The adult /child ratio is 1:3. Babies have a high level of interaction during which the following activities are introduced.

 

Story telling
  • Treasure baskets
  • Singing, Music and Movement
  • Messy play
  • Motor skills
  • Many other activities that help a baby's overall development.
  • Outdoor play in our astro turf garden

In order to maintain a high standard of care and individual attention, we have a maximum of 4 babies at any one time.

 

Willow Room

Is a bright and beautifully arranged environment, which is specifically designed for children between the ages 1-2 years? Toddlers are changing rapidly and becoming young children instead of babies. They will slowly be introduced to toilet training, more advance motor skill activities and sleeping in beds instead of cots. As children of this age group emerge from babyhood, they require both a stimulating and nourishing environment to develop their mental skills. Practical life activities and manipulative play help to develop their motor skills, sense of order, independence, concentration, responsibility of self and environment. As they learn fastest through their senses, they will also be involved in activities that stimulate their learning senses (e.g. Sensorial Activities). Early number and languages skills (e.g. Phonics) will be introduced in a fun and engaging way. At least twice a day the children will have the opportunity for garden and physical activities. The ratio of carer to child is 1:3 to ensure the maximum of care and guidance for range of children.

 

The baby and toddler area is designed as a self contained area with separate sleep room, changing area and kitchen. To ensure the utmost care and guidance of this age range of children there is limit of 9 children at any time in baby and toddler area.

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.

 

Birch Room

The principle and aim of this room 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'

 

The activities are arranged on low shelving within reach of the children. They may work uninterrupted .for long periods of times either at tables or on small mats on the floor, where they are naturally comfortable. The pace is unhurried and although the curriculum is structured, each child moves through it at his or her own pace. The children are free to choose activities, which capture their interest and new activities are introduced as each child is ready for them.

 

They will be covering all of the areas from Montessori as well as covering the foundation stage of planning. As a continuation from early learning experience from the toddler room, children of this age group are able to work with more complex exercises within the Practical Life and Sensorial Activities range. Activities are mainly hands-on, fun and concrete at this stage and this sets the basis for later/further development in the abstract concepts. Early mathematical concepts, word building skills and early writing skills are taught. Foundation is also laid at this stage for good work and social habits.

 

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. The garden is laid with astro turf and there is a large parasol which offers protection from the elements of the weather. Here the children will have the opportunity to engage in some gardening activities as well running, jumping, hopping etc. At least twice a week the children are taken to the local playground, where there are gym tools, slides, swings, climbing frames etc within an enclosed area.

 

 

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

MMI Preschool is a member of NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association), which supports healthy lifestyle; we invite all parents to provide a healthy balance packed lunch for their child /s. Mid -morning snack is provided by the centre and snack consists of fresh fruit/salad and water.

 

Safety and Security

MMI Day Nursery and Preschool we have all the latest equipment and resources to ensure a happy, safe and secure environment for your child. We have installed Biometric finger recognition Technology which allows only those who are registered to enter or leave the nursery . At the nursery we have outside CCTV
and in the entrance hall .

 

Opening Time

We are open Monday to Friday 8.00- 6.00p.m, 49 weeks of the year. We are closed for two weeks in December and the four days around the Easter bank holiday weekend. The Nursery is closed on bank holidays.

 

Term Dates 2014/2015
Closure   From To
Summer Break   Monday 18th August Friday 22nd August 2014
Bank Holiday   Monday 25th August 2014  
Staff Training Day   Monday 1st September 2014  
Christmas Holiday   Wednesday 24th December 2014 (Nursery will close mid-day on 23rd December) Friday 2nd January 2015
Staff Training Day   Friday 20th February 2015  
Easter Break   Thursday 2nd April 2015 Friday 10th April 2015
Bank Holiday   Monday 4th & 25th May 2015  
Summer Break   Monday 24th August 2015 Friday 28th August 2015
Staff Training day   Tuesday 1st September 2015  
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 month 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 free nursery education per week.. 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.

 

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.