MP Rishi Sunak to officially open Rooftops Montessori Nursery Barn Development

Saturday 19 September 2015 10.30am - 2pm

  • 14 September 2015
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Conversion work began on the old coaching house in April. The once redundant area has been brought back to life with a two-storey facility and outdoor play area that will be called the Butterfly room for toddlers aged two to three and a half.

 

The expansion has seen the Montessori nursery take on extra staff increasing the workforce to 18 and capacity to 12 babies and 20 pre-school children, looking after more than 80 at various times during the week.

 

Upstairs will also be used as a dining room as the nursery has linked up with Richmond Methodist School to provide hot meals for the first time.

 

Further plans also include launching an after-school club that will run until 6pm and holiday classes featuring activities such as cookery, pottery, arts and crafts.

 

Montessori education was founded in the 20th century by scientist Maria Montessori who believed the best way to teach children was to build their independence and confidence and for them to learn by doing. She also believed that the early years, from birth to six, represented the period where children had the greatest capacity to learn.

 

Owner Hannah Hurley said: “This has been a major investment but well worth it as the nursery really is filling a gap.

 

“We have used local businesses for everything which in itself has generated a lot of interest in the development of the nursery.

 

“The Methodist School’s food is amazing and will include home-made bread and flapjacks. Many of our children have siblings at the school and it means the younger ones will be eating the same lunches as them and will be completely used to the catering routine by the time they start their primary education.”

 

The nursery is also registering an interest with the Government to pilot the 30 hours free childcare provision being proposed for 2017.

 

Rooftops will opens its door to the public for the official launch of the barn on September 19 from 10.30am to 2pm.  Everybody is welcome.


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