20 Years

The Montessori Method

Using the Montessori materials

The first woman in Italy to graduate in medicine from the University of Rome, Maria Montessori (1870-1952) worked with children needing enhanced or specialised care and education, and began her lifelong pursuit of studying child development. In 1907, based on her research in philosophy, child development and education, she opened the first Casa dei Bambini. This is where the Montessori Method of education was developed and she spent most of her remaining life writing, lecturing and teaching about these methods. The Montessori Method believes that children learn directly from their environment and other children. The teacher is there to facilitate the child’s exploration and creativity. All subjects are interwoven and each child learns at their own pace. This helps them to gain independence and confidence, and be proud of their achievements. Having learned to work both independently and in groups, children who are taught using the Montessori Method usually adapt easily to new situations and environments.

The Montessori Nursery School method, children learn directly from their environment. Learning practical skills fosters independence and builds positive self-esteem from an early age…

Since they have been encouraged to discuss their work freely with others and to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make appropriate choices and manage their time well. Their good communication skills ease the way in new settings and situations. Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a positive sense of self-esteem. The Montessori Nursery School programmes based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop a strong self-image and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.

Hopes and Dreams is Montessori accredited (MEAB scheme) and a member of the Montessori Schools Association (MSA), a professional association that supports Montessori schools and teachers throughout the UK. To find out more information and read the report, please click here to visit our Accreditations page

Cavendish Bear and Children in Need – 16 November 2018

19th November

Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School celebrated 21 years since its opening in September 1997. As it is a special anniversary, there will be many special events throughout the year. On Friday 16th November, Cavendish Bear, Hopes and Dreams Montessori...

National Smile Month – 14 May – 14 June 2018

3rd July

National Smile Month came to Islington, as Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School held a special event to back the UK’s biggest oral health campaign. Taken place from 14 May to 14 June, National Smile Month aims to promote and...

MEAB Re-Accreditation 2017

30th April

Hopes and Dreams Nursery School in Islington, London, has recently been re-accredited by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB). The re-accreditation was based on 2 separate visits to the Nursery School, which has been approved across the board from...

Clean Air Fairies – Evening Standard article – September 2017

13th September

A nursery has spent thousands of pounds on air filtration machines that suck up pollution to “keep children safe”. Hopes and Dreams, a Montessori nursery in City Road, Islington, has installed 12 filters to tackle nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide at a...

Clean Air Fairies – Islington Gazette article – September 2017

8th September

An Islington nursery has splashed out thousands of pounds on air filtration machines to suck up pollution and “lower children’s risk of catching flu”. Earlier this year, 77 of the borough’s schools, colleges and nurseries were found – in a...

MEAB Re-Accreditation 2014

30th March

Read about our MEAB re-accreditation in a testimonial from Montessori International magazine here.

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Hopes and Dreams
Montessori Nursery School

339/341 City Road
Islington
London
EC1V 1LJ

020 7833 9388 (option 1)
city@hopesanddreams.co.uk

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Islington
London
EC1V 1LJ

020 7833 9388 (option 3)
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