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.
During the year, many of the children had shown a lot of interest in mini-beasts. With this in mind we decided to explore the topic further and develop their knowledge of some small creatures. To start our project off we went on a bug hunt and we found worms, slugs, snails, millipedes, centipedes, woodlice, spiders Read More
This term we learnt to identify some of the birds that visit our gardens. Very soon the children were naming the birds they saw at home and Nursery. They quickly learnt what the different birds like to eat, where you are most likely to see them and interesting information about their habits and appearance. Maike Read More
In September we organised a tea party not only to welcome the new children and parents to our Nursery but also to take part in the annual fundraising for Macmillan. We baked cakes with the children in Nursery and asked parents to bake too. The result was that we raised the best part of £100, enjoyed vast Read More
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
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.