The toddler community (age 10-30 months)
The toddler community is based in Creigiau Church Hall (CF15 9NL) and is due to open in January 2019. It is a nurturing environment, that allows children to develop independence, motor control and language.
There is a large open space which is divided into various curriculum areas such as practical life, early language, movement & balance and a rest & relaxation area. Children have direct access to the outdoors, into a secure private garden.
This class is led by Georgina Williamson. Georgina has completed her 0-3 and 3-6 Montessori International Diplomas at the Maria Montessori Institute AMI, London. She worked for 5 years at the Children's House in the Maria Montessori Institute. She has completed her post-diploma research on Montessori's approach to observation as a means to scientific education. She also holds a bachelor of art.
The sessions are planned to run 3 days a week to begin with- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Term time only, from 9 am to 11 am. At Easter we will review these classes and subject to demand may increase them to five days a week, and change the toddler community into a sessional day nursery with 4 hourly sessions (8:30 am to 12:25 pm).
The ratio of child : staff in this class is 1:3 or below, with a maximum class size of 12 to begin with.
STAFF IN THE CLASS
"All that we ourselves are has been made by the child, by the child we were in the first two years of our lives." - Maria Montessori
The environment must be rich in experiences and opportunities that allow the child to develop their movements, gross motor skills and balance. Staff carefully observe children and provide them with new challenges and experiences when developmentally appropriate.
Literacy and Language
In the toddler community we aim to help children build up their vocabulary. There is a focus on rhyme, rhythm and alliteration.
Music is a big part of the toddler community with small groups spontaneously forming to engage in musical activities.
A range of activities to help the children to develop and refine life skills and become more independent and improve concentration are on offer. Children gravitate to 'real work' and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment on completing tasks.