Features of a Montessori School

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Features of a Montessori School

 

  • Classes are run by Montessori Qualified teachers.
  • The work cycle lasts at least two and a half hours, preferably three, as an uninterrupted block of time.
  • The children work individually most of the time, coming together when they wish to, at different periods during the day. These periods are not set, but arise out of the needs of the children on a daily basis.
  • Children are vertically grouped (mixed ages).
  • Written observations of children are made regularly.
  • Children have continual and free access to a full range of the Montessori materials appropriate for their age.
  • Classes are run in such a way that they promote the children's freedom to make spontaneous choices; to be independent; to complete cycles of work; to develop a sense of responsibility within the group; to use the materials properly.
  • Children actively engage with materials that are designed from a developmental point of view and which lead them to successive levels of discovery about their world.
  • Materials are displayed in an orderly way, well maintained and complete.
  • The environment is prepared to be simple and beautiful, and is continuously maintained to a high standard.
  • If there's an outdoor environment that is also well maintained, reflecting Montessori values.
  • The teachers are always positive.
  • At any time in the classroom a ratio of no greater than 1 adult to 8 children engages in classroom activity.
  • A valid first aid certificate is held by a member of staff.
  • A minimum of one staff meeting a month is held.
  • Staff job roles are clearly defined.
  • There is a written equal opportunities statement.
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