Montessori North Oxford
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Montessori North Oxford


The Montessori approach to child education is based on the principles developed in the early 1900s by an Italian educationalist, Dr Maria Montessori, who has since become recognised as an outstanding pioneer in early-years education.

Her ideas have now been incorporated into mainstream education but also beyond into modern management and high-tech entrepreneurship.


The main tenets underpinning the Montessori philosophy are:

  • A child up to 6 years of age has an enormous capacity to acquire knowledge, due to the so-called "absorbent mind".
  • With the correct stimulation of all the senses, the child can realise this potential to learn.
  • The environment is paramount in creating the necessary stimuli and removing restrictions.

The net result is that the child is self-motivated, learning through their own actions, at their own pace and on their own terms, comfortable in questioning in their acquisition of knowledge.

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Montessori nurseries differentiate themselves by the classroom environment. The furniture, teaching materials, learning tools and the ambience are designed to create an environment where the child is at ease, learning is both fascinating and joyful, stimulating further discovery and the exercise of decision-making, growing in confidence and independence.

The role of the "teacher" is different too. Through careful observation of each child, the "teacher" directs that child towards activities that fulfill that child's needs. A Montessori "teacher" is referred to as a Directress, and their observational acuity is highly developed.

The Montessori approach is not simply concerned with intellectual development but seeks to create a "well-rounded" individual. The Montessori approach is a universal one, equally suitable for the gifted and the challenged, and thrives in an international or multi-cultural setting. The overall goal is to foster a confident, happy child, instilled with an enthusiasm for learning and armed with a healthy respect for others.

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