The dedicated nursery team is committed to delivering excellent childcare and education, placing great emphasis on supporting each and every family. They are passionate about creating a friendly and nurturing environment for children, ensuring they are well-prepared for the next steps in their learning and educational journey, as well as in life.
MMI benefits from its ideal location with excellent public transport links, being just a 5-minute walk from East Croydon rail and tram station. While there is parking available along the street, many families choose to walk to the nursery. The premises themselves are homely, bright, and spacious, featuring a generous outdoor area. On the ground floor, there is an airy preschool room and a toddler room with direct access to the garden. The cozy baby unit is situated on the first floor, featuring three pleasant classrooms in use.
At MMI children learn through real life and hand on experiences, we support those in needs and our environment is inspirational and triggers child’s curiosity. We are proud to say we have ethos of being inclusive nursery with many different religions, ethnicities, families, and abilities attending the nursery.
At MMI staff are all professionally qualified, experienced and passionate about Montessori Philosophy. We have developed over the years different creative strategies so we can accommodate range of different needs of children. During the day children are involved in purposeful activities to challenge and extend their skills and abilities, this is all achieved in a warm and friendly environment where all children have secure safe and stimulating place to learn.
In addition, playing and learning in mixed age ranges allows the children to support each other building empowering relationships.
We value the importance of building close relationships with parents, therefore we have “read me a story day”, “Come and play with me”, cooking with parents, graduation day. Our parents are fully involved in child’s learning via EYLOG app where we can share information from both sides. These close relationship help us build a strong foundation in the child learning journey
In the baby room we have created a cosy homely atmosphere where babies are cared for as if they are at home.
All activities are tailored around your child, in a stimulating environment that is always lots of fun with plenty of cuddles and attention from our staff. A safe and fascinating environment, with age-appropriate resources, helps children to develop curiosity, coordination, and physical abilities.
This is a time when children can start to learn the beginnings of self-control and how to relate to other people. In this period, children can be encouraged to develop their social and mental skills by people to whom they have a positive attachment. Building on their communication skills, children now begin to develop a sense of self and are more able to express their needs and feelings. With encouragement and plenty of interaction with carers, children’s communication skills grow, and their vocabulary expands very rapidly during this period. Exploration and simple self-help build a sense of self-confidence.
Babies have a high level of interaction during which the following activities are introduced.
Is a bright and beautifully arranged environment, which is specifically designed for children between the ages 2 – 3 years. Toddlers are changing rapidly and becoming young children instead of babies. As children of this age group emerge from babyhood, they require both a stimulating and nourishing environment to develop their mental skills. Children’s fine motor skills continue to develop and they enjoy making marks, using a variety of materials, looking at picture books and listening to stories, important steps in literacy.
Self-help and independence soon emerge if adults support and encourage children in areas such as eating, dressing and toileting. Praise for new achievements helps to build their self-esteem. In this phase, children’s language is developing rapidly and many are beginning to put sentences together. Joining in conversations with children is an important way for children to learn new things and to begin to think about past, present and future. Developing physical skills mean that children can now usually walk, climb and run, and join in active play with other children.
This is an important time for learning about dangers and safe limits. The children have the opportunity for garden and physical activities as this room leads directly to our secure Astro-turf garden. The ratio of carer to child is 1:5 to ensure the maximum of care and guidance for a range of children.
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 of the Montessori curriculum as well as covering the Early Years foundation stage curriculum (EYFS ). As a continuation of 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 ethic and social habits.