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 2018

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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

Spring Term 2018

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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

Autumn Term 2017

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

September seems like an awfully long time ago, especially now that we have had our first real taste of winter with the arrival of some sharp frosts, snow and ice. Our new children quickly found their feet and settled into life at Privett!  We decided to base our project work on dinosaurs and very soon Read More

Summer Term 2017

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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

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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