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What sort of activities does a Montessori nursery offer?

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Children are demanding – they want to be doing something every minute of the day, particularly during the ages of 1 to 6.  Why?  Because this is a time when they have the greatest capacity to absorb information, given the freedom and independence to do so.

The Montessori Approach

Dr Maria Montessori developed a scientific learning approach (known as Montessori) that was designed to unlock and nurture this potential during a child’s early years.It has helped children across the globe to develop new skills by taking part in activities that they prefer and choose themselves.The approach focuses on the immense learning capacity that children have, and aims to stimulate a child’s brain through active involvement in activities that encourage things like choosing, trying, tasting, feeling, etc.

The Montessori Curriculum: a powerful framework that encourages ‘active learning’

Led by a trained Montessori teacher and other support staff, Maria’s framework was designed to provide a confidence-building approach to learning that is far broader than the traditional state-prescribed curriculum.

Six core areas of curriculum-based learning

Montessori nurseries like Riverside in Battersea provide activities across six core areas.  These relate to: practical life, sensorial development, languages, mathematics, cultural and creative development.

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All children are unique individuals and need easy access to learning materials

Montessori nursery environments are highly structured. They tend to be calm, not always quiet, but well ordered.  Equipped with plenty of learning tools like brushes, paints, crayons, and paper, children work together, alongside each other.  You’ll see cooking, reading, making, playing, running about, eating and lots of children buzzing about doing things by choice.  The Montessori day is exceptionally well ordered and there is a time for everything!
Learning activities cover everything from literacy, numeracy, creativity and physical projects, to science and geography.  There’s plenty of scope for those that want to sit back, rest, as well as those that want to run, play and climb.

A key point to remember is that all activities are designed to encourage children to develop – but at their pace.  All the evidence supports the fact that at the age of five, Montessori children are well ahead in terms of social, behavioural, and cognitive development.

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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