There are five members of staff in school each morning. All staff are highly experienced in caring for the needs of young children.
The Head Directresses are Mrs Judy Hedge and Mrs Kim Stanton. Both hold the Diploma in Montessori Education and have worked at The Children’s House since it was established in 1981.
The Montessori ideals and methods are followed and practised at The Children’s House. Dr Montessori was a great pioneer in education and she placed great emphasis on respect for the individual child and his or her journey towards independence.
From September 2008, all early years providers who are members of the Early Years partnership have been incorporating the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) into their practice. This was revised in September 2012. The EYFS is a single quality framework to support children’s learning and development from birth to five years (end of child’s reception year). The EYFS sets standards to enable providers to reflect the rich and personalised experiences that parents give their children at home in order to give children the best possible start in life (EYFS 2007).
The four overarching principles of the EYFS are:
1. Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework cores are education and care of all children in the early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
These areas make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for babies and children as they grow, learn and develop. They form the basis for your child’s profile which will be regularly updated from observations by staff, together with information from parents. The profiles will be made available to parents at regular intervals by the child’s key person. Every child, who is under 3 years old on entry, will have a progress check made by their key person and shared with the parents.
The Montessori curriculum is itself based on the principles of good early years practice, covering all of the areas outlined above. The integration of the foundation stage guidelines at this school has proved straightforward and is ongoing.
We endeavour to ensure that each child is respected and encouraged to develop at his or her own pace. Loving care is taken of each and every child and contact and discussion with home and with parents is both constant and essential. Appointments can regularly be made to see staff after school to discuss any problems or anxieties.
An open evening is held in the summer term to celebrate the children’s work. Parents can ask questions, examine materials etc and talk to staff.