Early Years Foundation Stage & Montessori

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage together with elements of the philosophy and practices of Maria Montessori. Children will develop at their own pace and each child’s development is closely monitored and the Curriculum is applied accordingly.

We maintain the highest standards throughout a child’s time at Buckingham Montessori School. We are proud to follow a more structured ethos which we have developed to ensure a happy medium between teaching the children both academically and holistically in preparation for their future schools.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The overarching principals of the EYFS are:

Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their learning responds to their individual needs and there is a strong
partnership between teachers and parents and or carers.
Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in the
early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The areas of learning and development are separated into the following specific areas:

Communication and Language
Physical Development
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Designs

Further information regarding the EYFS can be found at http://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage.

The Montessori Ethos

Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children the world over.

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 six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn. Maria Montessori saw that children learn 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.

Further information regarding the Montessori philosophy can be found at http://www.montessori.org.uk

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