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FAQS

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WHAT IS MONTESSORI?

 Montessori is a method and philosophy for teaching children, based on the work of pioneering educator Maria Montessori. At Trillium Montessori House, we have children from ages 2 years through 5 years old. Montessori is designed to be an individualised program and is unique for each child. Montessori offers a prepared environment that fosters each child's independence, as well as helping socially and academically. Children are free to explore and discover on their own, however, there are very clear boundaries and ground rules that must be adhered to and are monitored by the teacher. The teacher is the first and very important part of the Montessori Environment. Montessori classrooms are thought of more as communities than classrooms. They must be cooperative in order for the method to work.

WHAT IS THE MAIN BENEFIT OF A MONTESSORI EDUCATION?

Montessori education is a preparation for life. Independence, confidence, and an inquiring mind are the results of this education, achieved through a sense of order and respect. Montessori is a sensorial education and the children are effortlessly able to classify and categorise their world through the world in the prepared environment of the Montessori classroom. The work is sequential in order and moves from concrete sensorial experiences to abstract understanding of the world. Montessori prepares the child to be a socially engaged and respectful member of society through these experiences.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MONTESSORI AND TRADITIONAL EDUCATION?

Montessori emphasises learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according  to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Learning is an exciting process if discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. At Trillium Montessori House, children aged 2-5 years old are placed together forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share knowledge with the younger ones. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.

IS IT TRUE THAT THE CHILDREN GET TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT?

There is a freedom of choice within limits. The teacher prepares herself, the environment and the children to respect one's self, each other and the environment, by setting clear boundaries and ground rules. Respect is the key component of the classroom. That said, the other piece to creating and keeping peace is to facilitate peaceful conflict resolution by helping children dialogue any problems that may arise. This may be done at a peace table or a designated area of the classroom. The teacher must be prepared to handle any and all situations that arise and to guide the children in a calm, slow, respectful and peaceful manner at all times.

CAN I VISIT THE SCHOOL?

Open days are posted on the website in our Open House day section. Private viewings can be scheduled via email or phone. Please check our contact details.

IS THERE BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL AVAILABLE?

We offer Early Care and Late Care before and after the core hours in order to facilitate working parents/carers. This care is offered over 50 weeks of the years excluding bank holidays. Trillium Montessori House will be closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas/New Year period.

IS THERE CARE DURING HOLIDAY PERIODS?

Holiday Care is offered during all holiday periods apart from two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period. Please check our term dates.

DO YOU OFFER THE 15 AND 30 HOUR GOVERNMENT FUNDING?

Absolutely. Please refer to the government link below which explains your entitlements.

 

https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/childcare-and-pre-school/free-childcare#

Or this Moneysavingexpert link which explains everything in an easy to understand format.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/tax-free-childcare#needtoknow

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF TRILLIUM ?

Trillium is a genus of perennial flowering plants native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. The flower has three green or reddish sepals and usually three petals in shades of red, purple, pink, white, yellow, or green. The three petals symbolises the three ways the child interacts with the classroom. The environment,

the materials and the teacher.

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