Montessori Nursery School

based in Privett near Petersfield, Hampshire.


We are committed to giving your child the best care possible.


  • Knowledge, understanding and skills developed from exploration and investigation in a safe, caring environment.
  • Self esteem and respect for other children, adults and the environment.
  • Confidence and independence.
  • Equality and diversity of opportunity.

My daughter has been so happy and settled at the nursery – something we have not achieved before


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  • A balanced curriculum including French, music and Yoga, taught according to the philosophy of Maria Montessori and leading to the Seven Early Learning goals.
  • Individual care and attention.
  • Fun and friendship with other children and adults. Read More about activities in our Newsletters.
  • Project work that includes off site visits and guests whose knowledge and experience will enhance children’s learning (musicians, storytellers, doctors etc.)
  • Our Nursery School offers education and care for children below school age and over the age of two years. We are registered to receive the Early Years Education Grant for all 3 year olds. [Read More about Fees]

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.


Our Latest News:

Summer Term 2016

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

It never really felt as though summer arrived this term but looking back through the photographs taken outside, we certainly enjoyed some sunny days!  Our project work was based on “Growth and Change” and we started by looking at plants.  We planted bean seeds in pots in nursery and over the course of the following Read More

Spring Term 2016

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

There might have only been just over 10 weeks in the term but we certainly managed to do a lot!  Our project work was based on Health and we had some interesting discussions about exercise, diet and a healthy lifestyle.  The children really got into healthy foods and learnt to identify which food belongs to Read More

Autumn Term 2015

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The Autumn Term was filled with blackberries and apples. We made crumbles, apple prints and our own blackberry juice paint, which Beatrice discovered was very tasty too!  We tasted and learnt to identify popular types of apples and studied the life-cycle of an apple tree. On 19th October an inspector from Ofsted arrived to carry Read More

Ofsted Reports

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

You can download the latest report below: Download PDF: Privett Montessori inspection report 19 October 2015 (PDF 155kb)

Montessori principles:

Montessori principlesPrivett 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.

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