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Can you apply the Montessori philosophy with babies?

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Whilst children aged two and a half formally start their Montessori education, all of Riverside Nursery’s children, even babies, are introduced to the Montessori Philosophy from a tender age.

What is heuristic play?

We basically use natural and interesting objects that stimulate babies from a ‘treasure basket’ for heuristic play. This creates a sense of curiosity, intrigue and encourages dexterity even in very young hands that are still developing a sense of grip.
  Heuristic play was a term used by a child psychologist called Elinor Goldschmeid, in the early 1980s. It describes the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of different and interesting objects.These objects are things from the real world and items that they will eventually be able to identify and learn about.
Even with this very simple type of activity, babies are encouraged to choose from the basket and make up their own mind, rather than being handed something to touch, feel, smell and chew!

Following the child and encouraging spontaneity

As babies start to grow, the activities become more challenging.  Even though babies have limited mobility and skills when they first start with us, their nursery day is still carefully balanced and guided, so that there is time for quiet, rest, doing, listening, etc.
When working with babies and toddlers, independence, confidence and mobility are encouraged at all times, using activities with a strong sensory (touch & feel) element.

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Who was Maria Montessori?

Dr Maria Montessori created a unique set of teaching methods based on various different principles that are still alive today in Montessori nurseries, including Riverside.
Irrespective of a child’s background, Dr Montessori proved through her research, that by placing a child in a healthy, stimulating nursery, school and home environment, their natural potential emerges.  She recognised that children needed to be given the freedom to find out for themselves (within the limits of the prepared environment), with just the right amount of encouragement.

Even babies can learn life skills early on

Can babies be introduced to the Montessori Learning Philosophy?  They sure can!

Riverside Nursery, Battersea provides little ones with a home from home experience.  When you need to be at work and have to leave your baby or child with someone else, you can be confident that we nurture and encourage your son or daughter, through his or her tender early years. Whether your child joins our beautiful baby suite, lower or upper school, our amazing team will make sure they go home having had the best day ever!

Talk to us on t: 0207 0784098, email:  office@riverside-nursery.co.uk

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