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Dr. Maria Montessori


Montessori was the first woman to become a doctor of medicine in Rome. Through her work as a doctor, she became interested in child development. From there, she opened her own school in Rome. This was the beginning of the Montessori legacy. She saw that children learn best by actively doing, and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.

The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child’s early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.

“In the early years of life, the foundations of physical and also of psychic health are laid. In these years, the child not only increases in size but passes through great transformations. This is the age in which language and movement develop.

The child must be safeguarded in order that these activities may develop freely."

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Where children come first

Following the Montessori tradition, our specially prepared environment will be designed to encourage children to learn and flourish their individual talents. We will offer the richness of the Montessori teaching ethos and curriculum with the additional benefit of a full bilingual environment. Montessori emphasises learning through all 5 senses, not just through listening, watching or reading. Dr. Maria Montessori wrote, "The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six." During this time, the child needs a highly stimulating environment in which to explore and open their mind to seek and to discover.

St Justus Church Hall, Mount Pleasant, Paddock Wood TN12 6AH


If you are visiting by car, please drive through the open barriers to the side of the church next to us. Please park your car freely and walk to the front and ring the bell. Thank you.