As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, around 1.6 billion children could not go to school. Our own lockdown in Cardiff made our students realise how important education is and the value of access to school and all the wonderful experiences and friendships within it.

Due to covid restrictions this year, our school winter concert performance could not go ahead. The decision was made to instead produce a video performance that could be shared with our friends and families, celebrating the return to school after the closure and highlighting the key role schools play in childhood. Building on this realisation, we want to reach out and support the work of Educateurs sans Frontières to enable more children to gain access to a Montessori education. 

The children have had the opportunity to experience cinematography. They were involved in drone filming, saw how green screens can be used and the time and effort needed for audio recordings to name a few things. The pre-concert excitement has filled the classes in this past week and above all else the children have learnt how you can use music, singing, art, dance and a story to make a difference.

This Christmas as we all reflect on the key role schools have played to our children, lets help make a million dreams come true and improve access to education and the holistic Montessori experience that all children deserve.

Enjoy the video and please help raise funds for Educateurs sans Frontières. See button below to donate.

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Our Values

Be Kind: Being kind often requires courage and strength. Kindness is a willingness to full-heartedly celebrate someone else's successes. Kindness is also about telling the truth in a gentle way so it is helpful to the other person.

Be Honest: Without honesty there is no foundation for a lasting or enjoyable relationship in any context. Integrity depends on honesty. Integrity is doing what is right even when it is not easy and not popular.


Be Respectful: Respect involves accepting difference not merely tolerating difference. Respect leads to better understand and communication.


Be Responsible: Responsibility is essential for smooth and effective operation. It requires all parties to take ownership of their duties and accept the impact of their actions on others.  


Be Montessori: Montessori education is different. It nurtures each child’s individual strengths and interests. It is about encouraging children to explore and understand the world and equipping them not just academically but with life skills, self-awareness and resilience. It is about ensuring they are ready for secondary education and the challenges of life in real and meaningful ways. It is a complete outlook on education and childhood and not just a curriculum.

Our History

Our journey began back in 2014. The Director of CMS, Dr Esma Izzidien, was at the time searching for a Montessori provision for her own two children. Realising there was none, she decided to work towards opening her own. She searched for Montessori teachers who shared her passion and began work. Initially running parent and toddler sessions to establish demand in the community, the project grew quickly following the instant success of the sessions. 

We opened a small sessional nursery in September 2015 in Creigiau, operating from a Church Hall. The nursery was very successful and demand for a full time nursery grew. Having experienced the benefits of Montessori, parents whose children were due to start Primary School were also keen that their children should be able to continue with a Montessori education.


The decision to expand and move to Llandaff to open Wales’s first Montessori School was met with a huge level of interest and excitement.

CMS has been operating at Insole Court since September 2016. Growing organically with our students we opened our elementary class in September 2017. 

Cardiff Montessori School and Nursery is operated by: 
Cardiff Montessori School Limited,  
C/O Bevan & Buckland Langdon House, Langdon Rd, Swansea, SA1 8QY. Company number: 10033360  
Company Director: Esma Izzidien