My daughter has been so happy and settled at the nursery – something we have not achieved before
Thank you all so much for looking after ‘A’ these last couple of years. All the girls (3) have loved being with you, but ”A” probably most of all. She considers Privett Montessori as a home from home. You have been brilliant with her.
Maike’s travels abroad were too good an opportunity to miss for introducing the children to some different cultures and environments. Some of the things we learned included the huge difference in the types of homes people in different countries live in. For example, in Singapore the majority of the population live in giant skyscrapers whereas Read More
After a long, dry and hot Summer, we fully expected a wet, cold and windy Autumn. Instead the weather was, for the most part, warm and dry. There was, for many people, an abundance of fruit and we helped ourselves to the plentiful supply of blackberries from the hedgerows. We showed the children how to Read More
During the term many of our children visited their new schools and we were visited by many of their future teachers. The children loved showing their teachers round the Nursery and proudly showed off their work. In between visits and visitors, we based our project work on music, inviting children and parents to bring in Read More
Our project this term was to look at every day technology and to find out about the sort of technology our children use at home. We invited the children to bring their technological toys to show us and they obliged with wind up and friction toys, toys with buttons, levers and pull strings, all manners Read More
Privett Montessori Nursery School was founded on Montessori principles in 1988 and has functioned since then in Privett Village Hall. The School is situated on the fringe of the village within 3 miles of Petersfield and surrounding villages. We offer morning, afternoon and full day sessions for children two to five years in age. All three year olds are eligible to receive the government grant, which the School claims and deducts from fees each term.
The current principal, Kate Pritchard who has been teaching at the School since 1995, took over the headship in April 2003. The School became a member of the Montessori Schools Association in 2004. Kate is a qualified teacher with Montessori training. She has been teaching for over 25 years in a variety of schools in Ethiopia, Italy and England ranging from Nursery through to adult education. She has three of her own children, all of whom attended Privett Montessori.
Kate's deputy, Maggie Webzell is a qualified NNEB nursery nurse and has over 30 years of experience with pre-school age children. Maggie was the leader of a pre-school for 8 years and has worked at privett since 1989. Maggie is trained in Montessori methodology and is our Special Needs Co-ordinator.
Christina has worked at the Nursery since September 2006 and also works as an assessor for students studying for their childcare qualifications at Alton College.
The School is spacious and open plan. We are extremely fortunate to have a large garden area where the children can play safely on the climbing frame, bikes and in the sandpit. We are currently planning a garden with raised beds specifically for the children to work in. This year we observed a variety of different birds which visited our garden and we were delighted to find that a dormouse had made it's home in one of our nesting boxes.
We provide the children in our care with a safe and stimulating environment where they may develop at their own pace. We focus on what a child can do and use this as our starting point for each child. Our philosophy and curriculum is based upon the teaching of Dr Maria Montessori who recognised each child's unique aptitude for learning and stressed the importance of respect for the world and its inhabitants.