There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.

Maria Montessori

Dr Maria Montessori was not only an educator and scientist but also a champion of humanitarian causes.  We honour her work and legacy by having a range of social impact programmes that are allied and use Montessorian values to create social impact.

Collaboration is an important tenet of Montessori and we put collaborative relationships at the heart of all we do.

Our Current Projects

Support for Families

We believe that the Montessori approach provides a basis for the future and is one that is easy adopted within the home as well as at nursery or school. Maria Montessori saw the family as being an integral part of a child reaching its full potential.

To support families we

  • Provide free online resources including the Montessori Network and free Open Learning courses
  • Raise awareness of and encourage engagement of families in legislative and policy changes that we believe will have a negative impact on children e.g. the proposed changes on the Early Years Foundation Stage and proposed testing of 4-5 year olds.

Support for Families

We believe that the Montessori approach provides a basis for the future and is one that is easy adopted within the home as well as at nursery or school. Maria Montessori saw the family as being an integral part of a child reaching its full potential.

To support families we

  • Provide free online resources including the Montessori Network and free Open Learning courses
  • Raise awareness of and encourage engagement of families in legislative and policy changes that we believe will have a negative impact on children e.g. the proposed changes on the Early Years Foundation Stage and proposed testing of 4-5 year olds.

We believe we need to address the status of the early years Montessori teacher – both in terms of being able to gain funding for their training and being paid in line with mainstream teachers.

  • We have supported the workforce survey relating to the review of the EYFS commissioned by the Early Years Coalition.
  • We have commissioned research from the OU focusing on Montessori workforce and quality of provision linked to qualification. The findings will give us an opportunity to highlight this issue to the public.
  • We are continuing to work with other early years organisations on this work.
  • We provide bursaries for those wishing to upskill or train as Montessori practitioners.
  • We provide free and low cost CPD through our open learning

Support for Practitioners

Support for Practitioners

We believe we need to address the status of the early years Montessori teacher – both in terms of being able to gain funding for their training and being paid in line with mainstream teachers.

  • We have supported the workforce survey relating to the review of the EYFS commissioned by the Early Years Coalition.
  • We have commissioned research from the OU focusing on Montessori workforce and quality of provision linked to qualification. The findings will give us an opportunity to highlight this issue to the public.
  • We are continuing to work with other early years organisations on this work.
  • We provide bursaries for those wishing to upskill or train as Montessori practitioners.
  • We provide free and low cost CPD through our open learning

Sustainability

We believe that sustainability education should be a significant element of early childhood education, fostering care and responsibility for each other and our planet.

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

Maria Montessori

WeAretheFuture (WRF) the youth forum of Art Action Change

  • We have supported and are a supporting a series of “Creative Conversations for the Future” webinars based on the theme of sustainability. Conversations between young people and those working sustainability to raise awareness and engagement in sustainability programmes around the world.
  • We will be the prime partner at the WeRtheFuture’s inaugural Think Tank event at Ocean Space.
  • We will be holding a workshop for young people on sustainability.

Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots

We are working with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide resources for teachers in state primary schools. We are now in the second year of a four-year commitment to work together and support sustainability education in schools.

Sustainability

We believe that sustainability education should be a significant element of early childhood education, fostering care and responsibility for each other and our planet.

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth”

Maria Montessori

WeAretheFuture (WRF) the youth forum of Art Action Change

  • We have supported and are a supporting a series of “Creative Conversations for the Future” webinars based on the theme of sustainability. Conversations between young people and those working sustainability to raise awareness and engagement in sustainability programmes around the world.
  • We will be the prime partner at the WeRtheFuture’s inaugural Think Tank event at Ocean Space.
  • We will be holding a workshop for young people on sustainability.

Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots

We are working with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide resources for teachers in state primary schools. We are now in the second year of a four-year commitment to work together and support sustainability education in schools.