The Colour Box is situated in a bright and wonderfully spacious building with outside space. Staff members are experienced and Montessori trained, welcoming children from 2-4 years of age.
Open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 12pm during term time. Classes incorporate the EYFS and Montessori curriculum. In addition, the children also participate in French, ballet, music, Spanish, sports and cooking lessons.
‘Ofsted rating Outstanding and Good’
Our Story and Our Approach
Dr Maria Montessori was the founder of this unique method of teaching young children. She initially observed children and how they learn. Unlike conventional teaching, which often instructs and installs knowledge from outside, Dr Montessori discovered that every child is gifted with a will and love for learning, a so-called inner teacher. Her approach therefore was to assist and guide a child, meeting their needs to help them reach their maximum learning potential and to unfold their unique personality.
The essence of Montessori education is that every child is treated with respect, given freedom within the limits of a carefully structured environment and allowed to develop naturally at his or her own pace.
Based on her findings, Dr Montessori developed her own teaching materials and changed the role of the traditional teacher. With the right approach children learn willingly, so the Montessori teacher is gentle, sympathetic and full of encouragement. She/he provides the stimulus and inspiration for the child to learn and progress. As a friendly helper, she/he is always at hand to guide and encourage positive attitudes and help create well-balanced individuals.
Once settled, a child is free to choose his or her own activity. He or she is usually taught on a one-to-one basis, to encourage maximum response, but never pressured into learning or rushed in any way. This in turn promotes confidence and independence. Children are involved in different activities, working alongside each other therefore learning to respect one another and form friendships.
The Montessori method of teaching has been accepted in almost every culture in the world. The curriculum embraces practical life exercise, sensorial education, language and mathematics and all the cultural and creative subjects.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
― Maria Montessori
Spaces available in our lovely Montessori Nursery School in Magdalen Road, Earlsfield, London, SW18 3NZ, for our January 2021 and April 2021 intake for 2, 3 and 4 years old.