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22 Years

Teaching and Learning

The Nursery School’s ethos strongly promotes that each child is unique. The provision across all areas is meticulously planned based on regularly updated, precise assessments of the children to meet the changing needs for inclusive practice. Through careful observations and planning, the children enjoy free access to a rich, varied and resource-filled environment that is stimulating, motivating, safe, secure, challenging, and age appropriate, combined with secure attachments with their Key Person and a ‘Buddy’ system (the second Key Person).

Experienced and knowledgeable practitioners use their expertise to guide, support and encourage the children to work at their own pace to achieve their full potential in all areas of learning and development.

The children are actively engaged and involved in decision-making, turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. The children in the pre-school classrooms use self-registers and choose where and what they want to engage with and explore. They choose their own resources and explore various activities throughout the day, both indoors and outdoors. The prepared environment, including provision for continuous play, provides free play, child-initiated, adult led and group activities.

Our practitioners have high expectations for the learning and development of all the children and this is underpinned by the themes and principles of the EYFS and the Montessori Method of education to achieve the learning outcomes. Teaching is of consistently high quality and responsive to the children’s needs. The prepared environment and the Key Person and ‘Buddy’ provide a secure base for the children to develop bonds, build positive relationships with adults and peers, and develop self-confidence, self-esteem and social skills, for example sharing and turn-taking through play.

The children play and learn in a rich language environment where the practitioners are role models and use their vast experience to encourage, support and focus on helping to develop in the prime areas of learning and development, enabling the children to reach their full potential.

 

EYFS

As an Ofsted-registered early years setting, we follow the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), which is enhanced through the Montessori Philosophy.

Within the EYFS, children learn through playing, exploring, and being active, and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outdoors. The prepared environment provides for age appropriate free play. Practitioners track the children’s interests and will encourage and support the child to explore at their own pace and level of interests, to take risks and talk about their experiences and learning. This leads to developing children’s self-esteem, selfknowledge, and confidence in their own abilities.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge, and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. Children will mostly develop the three prime areas first:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are the most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

To read more about the EYFS, please visit www.foundationyears.org.uk

 

My Montessori Child

Each child is unique and all planning is based on the children’s interests, individual needs and the precise assessments of their achievements. Practitioners support and lead the children to the next development stage. Spontaneous significant observations, daily parent and parents’ evening feedback, weekly focused child and home learning observations are contributed through the ‘My Montessori Child‘ and used to effectively plan suitable highly challenging activities for each individual child’s learning plan.

 

Cultural Diversity

The children’s home language is supported by the Nursery School’s multicultural staff and resources, for example, songs, storybooks and artefacts from cultural resource bags. This forms a strong foundation for supporting the children’s home languages wherever possible. For example, greetings are made in the child’s and practitioner’s home languages. They participate in activities like music and movement and storytelling sessions at the Nursery School that are conducted by the librarian from the local library to gain confidence in communication and language.

The children expand their learning through rhythm and rhyme with a variety of programmes including music, visits to the local library for reading sessions and trips to the theatre and to musical concerts. The children are continuously learning from the wider community through visits to the Nursery School from the fire brigade, lollipop people, dentist, and the police service.

The children show great interest and actively participate in the Nursery School’s celebrations of festivals and events learning to greet each other in different languages, and this helps to create awareness of the similarities and differences between different cultures. The practitioners are confident, and with support from the Cultural and Diversity officer provide an exceptional range of resources and activities that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences in line with British Values.

 

Home visit and Settling in

We recognise and understand the anxieties for parents and children when starting at Nursery School. Some children will settle in on their first visit and others will take a little longer in getting used to a new environment. To support you and your child when settling in, the Nursery School Manager will contact you before your child’s starting date to arrange a convenient time to visit you and your child in your home. At the home visit, the Nursery School Manager or Deputy Nursery School Manager will discuss with you your child’s needs, likes/dislikes, dietary requirements, sleep patterns, routines, etc. This information will enable us to cater to your child’s individual needs and assist in the settling in process. We will also discuss with you our documented policies and procedures and answer any questions you may have.

Following the home visit, we will organise the first settling in session two to three weeks prior to your starting date. This is when you will meet your Key Person and we will begin introducing you and your child to the setting. The number of settling in sessions will be discussed and agreed upon with you during your first visit with your Key Person.

We suggest that you, the parent, accompany your child on one or two settling in visits before they start on their own. These visits may last, typically, for around an hour. Your child will be given the opportunity to play for a time with you, the parent, and with (or alongside) other children. It is also desirable on your child’s first solo attendance that you, the parent, are on standby for a short time to involve your child in an activity and to leave only when it appears that your child will be happy for you to leave. In the case of working parents who cannot obtain time off from work, a relative or close friend could accompany the child during this period of settling in.

We realise that same children may find it difficult to part from parents on arrival at the Nursery School, but all children come to accept such partings, even though it can take a different number of attendances for each child. Most children, and parents, are more comfortable if they follow a regular routine prior to parting on arrival at the Nursery School.

Certificate of Appreciation

28th January 2020

  One of the Hopes and Dreams families made a certificate to thank Nora and her team for adapting the menu to suit their individual requirements. It was certainly a lovely surprise!🥰🤗💖. We are happy to adapt to any family with...

Celebrating our staff achievements

7th January 2020

What better way to start the New Year than showing appreciation to our staff for their hard work and achievements. Congratulations to Maria K. for achieving Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development.👩‍🎓👏 Thank you for the dedication and...

Christmas 2019

10th December 2019

This week has been very busy for Father Christmas as he came to visit all the children at Hopes and Dreams! 🎅🦌 During this week, all classrooms will be celebrating the festive season by inviting parents and carers to join in...

Celebrating our staff achievements

6th December 2019

At Hopes and Dreams, we value all our staff members achievements however big or small.👏👏 ⭐️ A special award from the Senior Nursery School Practioner in our Sunshine classroom for creative skills, initiative and planning went to one member of her...

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Children in Need 2019 – Pyjama Day

15th November 2019

Today, Hopes and Dreams had a fantastic day in the Nursery School wearing their pyjamas! All for a great cause of course to raise awareness for Children in Need. Our very own Cavendish Bear could not miss out joining in...

Celebrating 15 Years of Continued Service

8th November 2019

Hopes and Dreams celebrates, with huge appreciation, 15 years of continued service, making sure that the “Little things matter”. 🥳💝 Thank you for your commitment and dedication throughout these years supporting the Nursery School.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Looking forward to many more to come! 😉...

Diwali 2019

25th October 2019

Today at Hopes and Dreams we celebrated Diwali All the classrooms took part in some very colourful activities and dressed up for the occasion. 🎉 It was a fun-filled happy day!! 😊 Happy Diwali Everyone🤩

Paint Highbury Pink

18th October 2019

As part of the National Breast Cancer Awareness campaign and in support of “Paint Highbury Pink”, the children, parents and staff at Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School have shown their support towards breast cancer research by taking part in...

Song Saa special visitor

17th September 2019

This week Hopes and Dreams welcomed a very special visitor. Maisie, from the Song Saa Foundation, in Cambodia, came all the way to Hopes and Dreams. 😊😊 The children were very excited and curious, asking about the Song Saa community and...

Play Phonics Workshop

16th August 2019

Our pre-school children had a special visitor… Play Phonics team came to visit Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School. Play Phonics is a group of actor-teachers that brings learning to life through a fun-packed drama workshop, introducing the children to...

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Hopes and Dreams
Montessori Nursery School

339/341 City Road
Islington
London
EC1V 1LJ

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020 7833 9388 (option 1)
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