Our Aims and Objectives......

· to provide a happy, warm and caring atmosphere with high values and moral code
· to provide a safe and secure environment, in which every child can learn and develop as a whole person with an open and enquiring mind, with the assistance of our policy on Child Protection
· to encourage curiosity and enthusiasm for learning
· to offer a broad, balanced, challenging curriculum based on the Montessori Method, which fulfils the requirements of the National Standards and provides stepping stones towards the Early Learning Goals laid down in the QCA curriculum guidance for the foundation stage
· to include all children in every aspect of nursery experiences, regardless of gender, racial background, disability or special educational needs, in accordance with our policies on Equal opportunities and Special Needs
· to effectively match the learning scheme to the needs of each child whether gifted or in need of learning support, including children with special educational needs in accordance with our policy on special educational needs
· to provide first-hand experiences such as pouring and spooning in the practical life area, measuring and comparing in the sensorial area, observing real butterfly and frog life-cycles in the knowledge and understanding of the world area, concrete experiences working with beads and number rods in the mathematical area and sensorial experience of sandpaper letters in the language area, that encourage the children to question, investigate and seek solutions
· to develop a home/school partnership as a basis for successful education in which parents share a contract of rights and responsibilities with school and play a major part as co-educators of their child. Should the need arise we are happy to provide this information in your home language.
· to develop the child’s confidence, self-knowledge, skills and attitude towards learning which will enable him/her to grow towards being a caring, responsible member of the wider community
· to value each child’s own and other people’s achievements, cultures and beliefs by providing positive role models and practising ‘grace and courtesy exercises’ which also enable the child to learn to cope with the behaviour of others as stated in our policy on behaviour management
· a conscious effort is made to ensure that boys and girls do not fall into stereotyped patterns of play; all children are encouraged and supported to take part in all activities
· to develop positive relationships and behaviour
· to encourage an awareness of a safe and healthy life-style by encouraging healthy eating, living and self care by providing healthy snacks such as fruit at break-time and promoting hygienic hand-washing practices
 
STAFF
Sue Cramer, the Head Teacher/Proprietor, has many years of experience, both as the Head Teacher/Proprietor and in a senior teaching/managerial position in Montessori Nursery Schools. She achieved the highest category ‘above standard’ in all areas of her teaching evaluation, which was conducted by Montessori Education UK for accreditation purposes.
 
All members of staff are chosen for their dedication and are committed to caring for your child, to enhance his/her holistic development and enable him/her to fulfil their greatest potential. We support and encourage all staff in their professional development.
 
We operate on a keyworker system, which means that each child is able to relate to his/her keyworker individually. Your child’s keyworker is responsible to observing and assessing his/her development, planning further stages of learning, meeting with parents and providing written progress reports.
 
 
How we care for your child
 
Each child must be respected as an individual and treated as such. Children will be encouraged to follow the example of their teachers and treat each other with courtesy and respect. Bullying will not be tolerated and extensive guidelines are in the full behaviour management policy. In the event of a child behaving in a socially unacceptable manner, he/she will be individually spoken to in order that they understand why their behaviour is not acceptable, and given the opportunity to apologise. If necessary the child will be asked to play in a different area. Under no circumstances is a child to be smacked, shaken, or roughly treated in any way. The child will then be asked if they are able to re-join the activities and behave appropriately. Following an incident of “time-out”, the adult will always try to observe the child “being good” and comment positively about this behaviour.
 
Parents are advised that we have a child protection policy, which may be examined in detail. This policy is in accordance with guidelines laid down by Sutton Social Services and requires us to advise the Social Services department about any child that we feel is in need of care or protection.
 
At the Hillcrest Montessori Nursery School we operate an equal opportunities policy.
We welcome children into our school without any restriction because of race, gender, religion, or disabilities. A multi-cultural curriculum is offered to all the children. The work of the school is enriched by the distinctive contribution, which can be made by children from different backgrounds and experience.
We aim to increase the children’s awareness of the diversity of family life and of the world.
 
We are especially able to accommodate a child who has special educational needs. The Montessori Method was originally formulated with children who have special needs. Our sensorial and individual
 

 

 

How we care for your child

 

Each child must be respected as an individual and treated as such. Children will be encouraged to follow the example of their teachers and treat each other with courtesy and respect. Bullying will not be tolerated and extensive guidelines are in the full behaviour management policy. In the event of a child behaving in a socially unacceptable manner, he/she will be individually spoken to in order that they understand why their behaviour is not acceptable, and given the opportunity to apologise. If necessary the child will be asked to play in a different area. Under no circumstances is a child to be smacked, shaken, or roughly treated in any way. The child will then be asked if they are able to re-join the activities and behave appropriately. Following an incident of “time-out”, the adult will always try to observe the child “being good” and comment positively about this behaviour.

 

Parents are advised that we have a child protection policy, which may be examined in detail. This policy is in accordance with guidelines laid down by Sutton Social Services and requires us to advise the Social Services department about any child that we feel is in need of care or protection.

 

At the Hillcrest Montessori Nursery School we operate an equal opportunities policy.

We welcome children into our school without any restriction because of race, gender, religion, or disabilities. A multi-cultural curriculum is offered to all the children. The work of the school is enriched by the distinctive contribution, which can be made by children from different backgrounds and experience.

We aim to increase the children’s awareness of the diversity of family life and of the world.

 

We are especially able to accommodate a child who has special educational needs. The Montessori Method was originally formulated with children who have special needs. Our sensorial and individual approach to each child ensures that all children are able to benefit from the environment and Montessori Materials that are available

 

We recognise that this may be the child’s first real separation from his/her mother/main carer. Therefore the settling in process is of the utmost importance in order to build the child’s confidence. At Hillcrest Montessori Nursery School, children are invited to visit the school on a regular basis in the few months prior to their starting at nursery school. These are referred to as pre-start visits. A pre-start visit is a booked visit with mother/carer and child. The child is encouraged by staff to interact with the other children and to explore the activities. During this time the mother/carer is encouraged to sit down and try not to interact with the child unless the child requests it. After a couple of such visits the child has developed confidence in the new surroundings and the staff, and he/she is able to separate more easily when they start nursery school. When the children start, the mother/carer is encouraged to stay to settle the child in. The mother/carer is asked to tell her/his child that he/she is leaving and that he/she will be back soon. She/he is invited to phone the nursery school if he/she is concerned about the child. The mother/carer is also asked to fetch the child about ten minutes early for the first few sessions so that he/she does not feel abandoned.

 

Our staff care for children who become ill, or when accidents occur. However, a child suffering from a doubtful rash, high temperature, diarrhoea or vomiting should be kept at home for at least 24 hours, to minimise the risk of infection, or until a doctor has certified that the symptoms have disappeared and the child is fit to return to school. More information is available by referring to the ‘Guidance on infection control in schools and nurseries’ which is prominently displayed on the premises.

When a child becomes unwell at school, every effort is made to contact his/her parents/carer. It is very important that current contact numbers are left at the school.