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Open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
50 weeks per year
Staff

Our staff have been selected to provide the highest standards of care and education for your child, and we work as a team. All staff are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau clearance through OFSTED and have a firm commitment to on-going training:

* Our managers hold a master degree in management, university degrees and AMI Montessori Diplomas, and they have many years of classroom and administrative experience.

* All our teachers, called Directresses, are fully trained AMI Montessori diploma holders. Dr. Maria Montessori preferred the title ‘Directress’ to ‘teacher,’ because the adult is there to direct, or guide, the activities of the children within the carefully prepared environment. The Directress carefully observes and monitors each child’s development, recognising and interpreting his/her needs and interests. She then supplies the child with materials and challenges appropriate to his/her abilities. It is through the child’s subsequent independent use of the materials and activities that learning takes place.

* All our Assistants have previous experience working in Montessori or mainstream settings. They are fully trained AMI Montessori Assistant’s Certificate holders or holders of NVQ/BTEC Level 2 or 3 qualifications in Early Years Education/Childcare.

Our minimum ratio of staff to children is as follows:

Infants (under 2 years old) – 1 adult to 3 children
Toddlers (2 – 3 years of age) – 1 adult to 4 children
Pre-school (3 – 5 years of age) – 1 adult to 8 children

All members of our staff interact closely with all children in their care to ensure that the needs, interests and abilities of each individual are considered in order to both challenge and nurture them.