Welcome to Cherry Tree Montessori Nursery in East Dulwich. We are a Montessori setting which is based on the principals of an Italian doctor, born in 1870, called Maria Montessori.Maria Montessori noticed that if children were given the opportunity to select to partake in a challenging task appropriate to their developmental stage, they quickly became absorbed and gratified by that task.The Montessori approach and resources help to identify any hidden learning impairments such as “Speech” “Hearing” and “Visual – Sight”.Montessori is about encouraging and enabling children to think independently via their own exploration and problem-solving abilities. Contrary to what is sometimes believed, although the children often work individually, they have the freedom to work with others if they wish and findings show they will often spontaneously help one another and support the group as a whole.In Montessori schools, the child is seen as a unique sensory being and they aim to challenge each of the five senses throughout their education. There are no ‘formal’ lessons as such – but rather, all subjects on the curriculum are explored by individual and practical experience at the child’s own pace and development.There is adult initiated play to introduce children to the Montessori resources, to give the children stimulation as well as challenging them at the same time. We find that this allows the children to benefit from quality playtime.

 Baby Room which caters for the children from birth to 2 years, which features a play area with sleeping facilities and its own changing area. All activities and resources are readily available to the children throughout the day.Children are given choice and access play experiences freely, inspiring their curiosity and promoting their independence. Staff promote children’s learning within a stimulating environment to provide a good foundation to develop physical and cognitive growth.Our belief is that all children need time to be children and play. They do not benefit from a rigid structure at this stage of development. Therefore within all the routines there is an element of choice and discovery of learning through play and guidance.”Baby’s early communication skills are supported extremely well by staff.Babies receive lots of warmth and affection. This supports their emotional well-being and gives them the confidence to explore new experiences. Children’s self-esteem is built upon by staff who are sensitive to their needs and know them well” Ofsted Report 2011
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Our nursery is beautifully decorated throughout, with the children’s work on show. We have filled every wall with the children’s creations of which they are all very proud to show the nursery visitors and one another.We have invested in some beautiful equipment for the children to assist with the exciting activities we do each day. We have writing and computer area for the children to focus and thrive on new skills as well as an art and craft area to have fun getting messy!We communicate with parents with daily records informing you of how your child has been at nursery. Parent reviews are held termly to discuss your child’s development and any concerns you may have. It is also a great way for you to come into the nursery to observe activities that the children do throughout the day.At the end of the year for Christmas we like to put a performance on, where the children excel in their confidence and personalities.“Parents are involved in reviewing policies and there is a parent coordinator representative for the setting. The setting helps parents to support their children’s learning in different ways. For example, parents of children who speak English as an additional language are encouraged to take part in activities, such as, singing and stories using their home language to help children settle, whilst staff learn key words in the child’s home language” Ofsted Report 2013The friendly, homely, relaxed environment in our children’s areas reflects our desire to create a safe and enjoyable environment for the children to grow and develop life skills. We amalgamate the age groups 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and 5’s together some of the time, who access a large classroom to participate in independent activities and spontaneous lessons.“Older children engage easily in conversations with adults and each other, and confidently introduce themselves to visitors. They show an interest in things around them, express their ideas and experiences well, using good vocabulary” Ofsted Report 2011We provide exciting opportunities for children to explore, which helps to create the right balance needed for children to progress within their development. We know the importance of nurturing children’s developments and will plan for outside agencies and outings to assist with their knowledge and understanding, relating to the children’s interests.Cherry Tree Montessori Nursery have been accredited by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB), the UK’s leading Montessori accreditation body.

As an accredited nursery we are entitled to receive on-going support, advice, subsidised training and representation at government level. To achieve accreditation, this setting has undergone rigorous self-evaluation and external assessment and has demonstrated that it

:- is committed to the delivery of high quality Montessori education
:- has qualified Montessori teachers leading the learning
:- has a quality prepared learning environment
:- trusts and respects a child’s need to learn and develop through fee flow learning opportunities
:- adheres to national regulatory framework requirements (Ofsted/MHI,EYFS)
:- knows how to work effectively with parents
:- is a member of the Montessori Schools Association (MSA). The professional body that supports Montessori schools and staff in the UK
:- is committed to MEAB accreditation as a means of ongoing professional development
:- works towards excellence in its daily practice