What is Montessori?
Montessori is a method of education allowing children freedom to learn as individuals and not as an organised group. With in Montessori children learn to work together and share, but the individual learning is done at the rate of each child. Montessori takes each and every child as an individual and recognises that we are all different and have a different pace and style of learning.
The whole ethos is to allow children to do most things an adult would do. Children are observed constantly to ensure they are in a safe environment. You communicate with the children in the same way as you would with another adult. By doing this you have very happy, relaxed children who understand what is going on and also children that can make you understand what issues they have.
Some of the Montessori method relies on very special teachings using specific equipment. The use of this equipment is only possible in a Montessori nursery and usually between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 6 years. Montessori materials are very expensive and some are not suitable to have around very tiny children. Montessori nurseries are all monitored by OFSTED to make sure the children are observing the EYFS.
It is not possible to use complete Montessori in a Childminders’ home, childminders and nannies need to provide a safe environment for all ages. This is why I use the Montessori ethos and teachings.
Their are several misconceptions regarding Montessori, some people think that children are allowed to run free and do exactly what they want; while some people say that the children are in an overly structured environment. Both of these are completely incorrect.The Montessori environment is such that, the children are free to explore via learning and play, but they have set boundaries in which this freedom takes place.