When children experience environments prepared appropriately for their age, and have the freedom to act within those environments, the natural state of a mature adolescent emerges. The child is comfortable with their place in the world.
Montessori values are echoed within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Both advocate that children’s learning and development occur as an outcome of their individual interests and abilities. It is crucial to use these as starting points when planning the next steps in children’s learning. Both the EYFS and Montessori see observation of children as the focal point to progress.
Montessori curriculum identifies six key areas of activity:
Apple Tree’s unique approach encompasses the specific skills and concepts outlined by Dr Maria Montessori within the Early Years rich and varied environment.
The children must be free to express themselves and thus reveal those needs and attitudes which would otherwise remain hidden or repressed in an environment that did not permit them to act spontaneously.’
Maria Montessori, 'The Discovery of the Child'
Our experienced and qualified practitioners are perfectly in tune with children’s intrinsic quest to learn and develop. They provide a delicate balance between child-led autonomous learning and adult guidance and direction. A holistic, child-centred approach ensures children are offered structure and purpose within a rich and stimulating environment that does not inhibit the spontaneity of childhood.
The focus is always on the whole child because Montessori education is about far more than narrow academic targets - it is about education for life. Montessori Education (UK)
The overall motivation behind Montessori education is to support the natural development of the human child into maturity.
(Montessori Education UK)