The infant community (age 18 months-3 yrs)
The infant class aims to provide a cosy and welcoming environment for 18 month to 3 year olds, many of whom may be new to Montessori or experiencing being away from home for the ﬁrst time. Our Infant room is predominantly set-up to meet the needs of children aged 18 months to 3 years. However, children may be admitted into the Infant class until the age of 4 years if the lead teacher feels their developmental needs are best met in that environment.
The Montessori curriculum is carefully planned with children’s stages and areas of development (social and emotional, practical life and independence, language and communication, movement and creativity) in mind. Montessori devised her curriculum based on scientific observation and identified ‘sensitive periods’ in a child’s life when they are more receptive to specific learning. By providing children with opportunities to practice these skills at the right time, there is a greater chance of success for the child. This concept has been more recently supported by neuroscience where sensitive periods are referred to as ‘windows of opportunity’.
The children are provided with a favourable environment, rich in carefully planned activities to meet their individual development needs, where they are given time and space to learn by doing.
Throughout the sessions, our staﬀ will carefully observe and assess each child in order to plan individual activities to continuously aid their progression. We will make records and share these with the parent(s)/ guardian(s), so that together we can actively help each child reach their full potential.
The ratio of child : staﬀ in this class is 1:4 for children over 2 and 1:3 for children under 2. (Where children are over 3 a ratio of 1:8 may apply), with a maximum class size of 14, male and female. Of the 14 daily spaces available only 3 may be used for children aged 18 months to 2 years. The Montessori method recognises each child as a unique individual and strives to help each child reach their full potential, be they gifted and talented or children with additional needs. We aim to cater to the needs every child. Where children have additional needs that can not be met by our staﬀ, for example, the need for one to one assistance or speciﬁc therapists, we endeavour to work with parents to achieve solutions. Please see our admission policy for further details.
STAFF IN THE CLASS
Marine Gombault- Head of 0-3 (AMI 0-3 Diploma in training, AMI 0-3 Assistant certificate, Cache level 3 childcare, IMA MCI
Kimberley Perrett- Nursery Manager (MCI IMP, Cache level 3 in childcare)
Rebecca Perrett- Deputy Manager (AMI 0-3 Assistant certificate, Cache level 3 childcare)
Anda Starka- Assistant (AMI 0-3 Assistant certificate, Cache level 3 childcare in progress)
Saray Molina- Assistant (AMI 0-3 Assistant certificate)
Holly-May Owens- Assistant (Cache level 3 childcare)
Activities of Everyday Living - a range of activities to help the children to develop and reﬁne life skills and become more independent. Through these activities children improve concentration, learn social graces and skills and develop a sense of order. The activities of every day living are the cornerstone of a Montessori infant community are essential for the development of cognitive function to enable later learning. Examples include, washing a table, flower arranging, transferring materials using tools such as tongs, learning to fasten shoes and coats, polishing silver, etc.
Literacy and Language
Through a variety of materials such as, language cards, object baskets, games, music, songs, books and lots of conversation staff facilitate the development of language and vocabulary.
Glimpse into CMS
"Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves". - Maria Montessori.
Other areas of the infant class:
Creativity - a range of arts and crafts resources and music sessions will be available to help the children express themselves through their creations. Some guidance will be given, but the children will be free to express themselves through painting, drawing, creating, singing and dancing.
Movement - provided for both in the classroom and in the enclosed garden to aid the children’s physical development and encourage them to explore their immediate outdoors.
Experiences – children are provided with rich experiences to further their development. These include music sessions, dance, forest school, cooking.