Montessori North Oxford
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Montessori North Oxford


The Montessori approach to education of the child is based on the principles developed in the early 1900s by an Italian educationalist, Dr Maria Montessori. Dr Montessori has since become recognised as an outstanding pioneer in early-years education and her ideas have filtered through into mainstream education today.


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.

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Montessori nurseries differentiate themselves from other nurseries by the environment created in the classroom. The furniture, teaching materials and learning tools are designed to create an environment where learning is fascinating, joyful and absorbing, stimulating further discovery, rational decision-making and independence.

The role of the "teacher" is different from that of the conventional teacher. Through careful observation, the "teacher" directs the child towards activities that fulfil the child's needs. A Montessori "teacher" is referred to as a Directress.

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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Montessori North Oxford