The reason why we send our children to school is to prepare them for their life ahead and equip them with the skills we feel they will need. Listening to today’s news, the challenges they will face will be immense; climate change, poverty, and war to name just three.
Montessori education is fundamentally about preparing children for life in the 21st century. At The Children’s House in Steventon and Overton creative and independent thinking and learning, self- motivation, respect and interest in the people and our world and the ability to communicate with them, are all encouraged, together with a sound basis in literacy and numeracy. The Montessori curriculum is based around your child’s needs while meeting and often going beyond the requirements of the early years’ foundation stage and the national curriculum.
Children are able to start with us from 2 years of age and stay until they are 6/7. These are the years when the child has the greatest capacity to learn; and what happens here lays down the foundations for all future learning.
Children who stay with us in reception are in a small class with staff qualified and experienced in both primary and Montessori education. The teacher : child ratio is 1 : 5. Continuity is ensured as the child builds on what they have already achieved and learned. There is no testing, instead continuous observations and evaluation of each child’s progress is made. Parents are able to have daily access to their child’s own website to view records and observations made. Each child has an individual work plan, supporting individual needs. Children have daily individual literacy and numeracy time with a qualified teacher. Children learn French through weekly French sessions as well as French speaking staff; other languages are also often used. Science, history, geography and culture are all enjoyed daily throughout the year.
As every child is entitled to the education grant until the term after they turn 5 and as we also accept all types of childcare vouchers, staying with us is affordable especially when you consider the benefits for your child.
These are just some reasons to consider joining us or letting your child stay on with us through the reception years. To find out more do visit us at Steventon, visit our website or simply call Marianne on 07917 110168.