In Montessori education, we call the children’s play activities ‘work’. This is because we recognise and deeply respect that each child is creating all their basic human characteristics during the first 3 years of life.
Our activities are fun, enticing and engaging with lots of emphasis on independence and creative thought. Staff guide and encourage each child to choose their own work, one activity at a time. We help and support the children to finish a complete cycle of activity before beginning another.
Our infancy Community (I.C) shares the hall with our Children's House. The older children model effective behaviour and learning with the younger children which supports positive relationships and initiates self learning. Infancy children are prepared for transition to the Children's House from age 30 months.
Our classroom has designated areas for:
Manipulative Toys - Dressing frames
Are social, communal and nutritional experiences. Children are involved in all stages of setting up, serving and clearing away. We use quality tableware and individual place settings to create an appealing area where the children love to eat.
We want children to experience food in its natural form wherever possible. There are many movements involved in preparing food, which aid the refinement of motor skills. We give children the basic skills for preparing fruits and vegetables to eat. For example, first washing and then pealing a potato, cutting it into pieces and cooking it in different ways.
Meals are very much a celebration of our community life. Like everything else, we prepare the children with presentations and work collaboratively until they are gradually able to take on more independent responsibilities.
Preparing Children to Transition to the Children’s House
The I.C. activities of Practical Life are an important way to help children prepare for life in the Children’s House from 3 years onwards. Learning gentle ways to complete cycles of activity, taking care of the activities and helping others will allow the children to transition successfully when we observe their needs changing.
Our small groups and individual lessons allow each child to feel valued and confident in their own abilities. They learn respectful ways to sit together, make choices, share and help as needed.
Each child will leave the I.C. at a slightly different age, depending on their individual needs. Some may be ready at 2 years 8 months and others at 2 years 11 months. We look for their interests changing towards more sensorial work and deeper exploration. Social and language skills increase and we see your child is ready for a new challenge.
Meet the Staff
Karen, Montessori Diploma 0-3 (AMI).
Karen is trained at the level 0-3 Montessori Assistants to Infancy at the Maria Montessori Institute St. Petersburg, Russia. Karen also holds an early years level 5 certificate. Karen leads the delivery of Montessori education and principles in the Infant Community and Nido classrooms.
Staff information coming soon