The Montessori method

Using the Montessori materials

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