3-5 Year Old Childcare

The Montessori Pre-School

Our pre-school is a myriad of activity, there is so much for the children to explore and learn about.  The best part… they get to do this in their own time, at their own pace, no pressure. We encourage a multi-sensorial approach to learning which is child led.

We approach our planning to the learning areas to also meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  It is based on ongoing observation and assessment of the children within the three prime areas of learning; communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development and four specific areas of learning; literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design.

Alongside this, we closely follow the principles of Dr Maria Montessori who saw that children learnt best by 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 foundations of learning we embrace are based on the principles of Dr Maria Montessori which are;

  • Independence
  • Observation
  • Following the child
  • Correcting the child
  • Prepared environment
  • Absorbent mind

We firmly believe in this approach at Rooftops Nursery where our aim is to provide a friendly, caring environment, where every child is treated as an individual. Our children are free to discover at their own pace, learning through their own efforts.

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 age six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.

Dr Montessori believed that order plays a very important part in the lives of young children. Order in the environment makes children feel safe and that they know how things should be. Great emphasis is therefore put on order within the Montessori classroom. By ensuring that everything has its place, and that the environment is designed to be as accessible as possible for children to work in, they can then be given the maximum freedom to move and develop.

We assist the local schools in the children’s transition from nursery to primary school, enabling visits from teachers to meet children in their familiar environment to assisting with visits to local schools. This is a big step in any child’s life and we want to make it a smooth journey.