Early Years Prospectus
Brasted Montessori Nursery School is located in The Pavilion at the centre of Brasted’s recreation ground.
We are fortunate to have a light sunny classroom surrounded by beautiful Kent countryside for our children to enjoy.
Our school follows the Montessori method of teaching, which is based on a deep respect for children as unique individuals. Children learn best in their own way and at their own pace. All children are motivated to learn by a natural curiosity and a love for knowledge, our aim is to develop the child’s own natural desire to learn and guide them to reach their full potential.
Our school aims to:
- provide high quality care and education for children from 2 years to statutory school age;
- work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
- to promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
- add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
- offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.
ParentsWe regard our parents as members of our school who have the rights to be valued and respected; kept informed; consulted; involved; and included at all levels.
Children’s development and learningThe Montessori Method understands the way children learn through choosing, trying and doing for themselves, with the freedom to repeat and refine skills without interruption. When combined with the specially developed materials, a rich environment and the close observation and guidance of Montessori teachers an enormously powerful, confidence building approach to learning is achieved.
We aim to ensure that each child:
is in a safe, caring and nurturing environment.
is given generous care and attention by experienced Montessori teachers.
has the chance to join in with other children and adults to live, play, work and learn together;
has a stimulating environment with rich learning opportunities.
Is given the opportunity to learn at their own pace, build on their knowledge, and explore new interests.
has a personal key person who will nurture the child’s emotional, social and intellectual development
is in a setting that sees parents as partners in guiding each child to learn and develop.
The Early Years Foundation StageWithin the Montessori method we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which set the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The four guiding principles of the EYFS are echoed in the Montessori philosophy.
A Unique Child
Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
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, parents and carers.
Learning and Development
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
How we provide for development and learningChildren start to learn about the world around them from the moment they are born. The care and education offered by our school helps children to continue to do this by providing interesting activities that are appropriate for each child’s age and stage of development.
The Areas of Development and Learning comprise:Prime Areas
Personal, social and emotional development.
Communication and language.
Understanding the world.
Expressive arts and design.
For each area, the level of progress that children are expected to have attained by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage is defined by the Early Learning Goals. These goals state the stage of development each child should achieve by the end of the reception year.
Our approach to learning and developmentThe Montessori method is a child-centered developmental educational method, based on theories and observations of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Montessori education allows children to make creative choices in discovering themselves and the world they live in.
British ValuesWe promote British values through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which infiltrates throughout our Montessori curriculum. These values and attitudes are promoted by the staff providing a model of behavior for all our children to learn from. British values are identified as democracy, rule or law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
AssessmentThe children’s progress and development is captured in each child’s Learning Journey. In this book we record each child’s individual learning using observations and photographs as well as the children’s own work. We believe that parents know their children best and would encourage you to contribute to this learning story by sharing information about what your child likes to do at home and how you, as parents, are supporting development.
At the end of each term, spring, summer and autumn these records will be shared with you in your child’s Unique Story meetings.
The progress check at age twoThe Early Years Foundation Stage requires that we supply parents and carers with a short written summary of their child’s development in the three prime areas of learning and development – personal, social and emotional development; physical development; and communication and language – when a child is aged between 24 – 36 months. Your child’s key person is responsible for completing the check using information from ongoing observations. We encourage our parents to contribute and work together to complete this two year assessment.
Working together for your childrenAll of our teachers are qualified Montessori teachers with experience both in England and overseas.
We have a thorough vetting process before any staff or volunteers start at the school.
We maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set by the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements. The ratio of one teacher to four children under 3 years of age and one teacher to eight children over 3 years of age. We also have volunteer helpers to complement these ratios.
All staff and volunteers have completed an enhanced DBS check
All staff have current paediatric first aid training
How parents take part in the settingOur setting recognises parents as the first and most important educators of their children. We work as partners with parents in providing care and education for the children. There are many ways in which parents take part in making our setting a welcoming and stimulating place for children.
exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, activities, interests and progress with our staff;
contributing to the progress check at age two;
sharing their own special interests with the children;
taking turns to come and read with the children;
completing the child’s home diary to share their child’s experiences;
taking part in events and activities provided by the setting;
building friendships with other parents in the setting.
Key person and your childEach child has a key person. Your child’s key person will be the teacher who works with you to make sure that the care and education we provide meets your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the nursery school she will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time at the school she will guide your child’s progress and development. Working closely with you to nurture your child’s emotional, social, physical, creative and intellectual development.
The classroomOur carefully prepared environment includes Montessori learning materials such as the practical life trays, sensorial and cultural materials as well as language and maths activities. In addition we have the activities and recourses expected in any early years preschool.
arts and crafts to stimulate the imagination and creative skills
puzzles and sorting games to encourage counting, matching and logical thinking
Book corner developing language and encouraging a love and respect for books,
Small world to develop imaginative play and social skill
Home corner, role play, to build language and social skills
Large equipment, balls, outside toys, sand and water play
Children can choose from a range of activities develop their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.
Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.
Outside AreaAll of our children love playing outside. We now have our own free-flow garden area where the children are free to explore and play every day. We also use the recreation field, the tennis courts and the new children’s playground. For outside learning the children enjoy visiting the woods for forest school activities. We have our own Nursery allotment where the children have been growing fruits, vegetables and flowers.
SnacksThe children help us to prepare the snacks to share with their friends. We have a free flow snack table where the children can come when they are hungry. We plan our snack menu to provide the children with healthy and nutritious foods, and encourage the children to try new foods. Fresh water is available for the children to help themselves at all times. Please tell us about your child’s dietary needs and we will plan accordingly.
ClothingWe provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities. We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves. These include changing clothes and putting on their own coats. Clothing that are easy for them to manage will help them to do this. Please bring in spare clothes for your child and ensure all clothes are clearly labeled.
ShoesThe children wear slippers or soft soled shoes when working in the classroom. Wellington boots or outside shoes are required for our outside activities.
PoliciesOur staff can explain our policies and procedures to you. Copies of which are available on request. Our policies ensure that the service provided by our nursery school is a high quality one and that being a member of the school is an enjoyable and beneficial experience for each child and her/his parents. We have a list of policies including Safeguarding, Equality and diversity, Health and Safety.
Safeguarding childrenOur school has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against suspected or actual ‘significant harm.’ Our employment practices ensure children against the likelihood of abuse in our setting and we have a procedure for managing complaints or allegations against a member of staff.
Health and SafetyWe believe that the health and safety of children in our care is of paramount importance. We make our setting a safe and healthy place for the children. Please see our Health and Safety Policy.
Special needsTo make sure that our provision meets the needs of each individual child, we take account of any special needs a child may have. We work to the requirements of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. We will liaise with key professionals in providing specialist appropriate learning materials to meet each individual child’s needs.
FeesThe fees are payable half-termly in advance. Fees must still be paid if children are absent without notice for a short period of time. For your child to keep her/his place at our setting, you must pay the fees. Where we are in receipt of nursery education funding for two, three and four year olds; where funding is not received, then fees apply.
At Brasted Montessori Nursery School we offer a unique learning experience for every childWe aim to deliver and educational approach that fosters the
child’s natural curiosity and instills a life-long love of learning. We will prepare our children to become compassionate, responsible and contributing members of our society, respectful of each other and of the environment.