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Montessori Teaching

Creative Minds Nurseries follow the Montessori approach for teaching and learning within the framework of Early Years Foundation Stage. Our children are continuously making excellent progress in all areas of learning. Listed below is the uniqueness of Montessori teaching and its benefits:

  • Three years of age span children within the classroom - Older children teaching younger children, sense of community and builds self esteem.
  • Self correcting materials within the environment - Children learn through their own errors to make the correct decision versus having the teacher point it out to them.
  • Individual learning takes place within the environment - Montessori recognizes that each child learns at a different pace and allows that growth to take place.
  • Children are quiet by choice and out of respect for others within the environment - The Montessori classroom allows children to return to the "inner peace" that is a natural part of their personalities.
  • There is an emphasis on concrete learning rather than on abstract learning - Children need to experience concepts in concrete "hands-on" ways
  • It is a child-centered environment - All the materials are easily within the child's reach and placed on shelves at their levels. The tables and chairs are small enough for the children to sit comfortably while the pictures and decorations are placed at the children's eye level.
  • The children work for the joy of working and the sense of discovery - Children are natural leaders or "sponges" and delight in learning new tasks. Their interests lie in the work itself rather than in the end product.
  • The environment provides a natural sense of discipline - The "ground rules" or expectations of the child are clearly stated and are enforced by the children and the teachers.
  • The environment is "prepared" for the children - Everything in the room has a specific place on the shelf. Children are orderly by nature and having the room set this way allows them to grow in a very positive way.
  • The teacher plays a very unobtrusive role in the classroom - The children are not motivated by the teacher, but by the need for self development.

Quality Childcare

Creative Minds Nurseries provide warm and caring environment for the children where teachers are attentive to and respectful of children’s individual needs. Low child- staff ratio is the main secret to our outstanding quality of childcare. This has ensured effective 1:1 and small group sessions with the children continuously during the session. This has enabled staff to carry out regular observations and tracking of children’s progress and to subsequently plan effectively for each child’s needs. Our teachers have specialised training and education in early childhood and Montessori methods. Our learning environment is well planned and invites children to learn and grow. It is neat, clean, orderly and organised into areas. An abundance of well-maintained resources are stored at a low level, enabling children to make independent choices. The environment is highly inclusive, which means children are able to feel secure and at home. Staff provide an extensive range of resources and activities to promote children's understanding of diversity. Children with special educational needs and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language are extremely well supported. For example, the team works effectively with parents and relevant agencies to make sure children's individual needs are met. The team includes staff with knowledge of various languages and skills in sign language. As a result, all children are able to express their needs and be understood. Staff share highly effective relationships with parents. This enables children to settle well and feel fully secure in the setting. Staff are approachable and make sure they are available to talk to parents each day. Parents are highly involved in children's learning and development and attend planned review meetings to discuss the progress their children make. CMN values parent's comments and suggestions and a wealth of information is shared. Staff regular seek the views of parents and provide an open door policy, where all parents and carers are made to feel very welcome. The parents have their own forum, which enhances the outcomes for children. Written and verbal feedback from parents provides glowing reports regarding the care and support their children receive. Excellent relationships are forged with other agencies that support children, which promotes excellent continuity of care. Staff support children's transitions to school extremely well. They build links with the local school, provide information for other settings and facilitate teacher visits to the setting to support children 

PALS (Playing & Learning to Socialise)

PALS Social Skills Program has been designed by clinical psychologists and early childhood educators for children from three to six years of age. Through this programme, children are taught constructive ways to solve problems that arise in social situations. This is done through stories acted out by puppets, video scenarios, probe questions, role-play activities and songs. PALS Social Skills Program consists of ten sessions, each focussing on a particular skill. One skill builds on another so that the program gradually progresses to the more complex skills required for competent social interaction. PALS programme is used at Creative Minds Nurseries weekly and has had positive effect. Children are using their newly acquired skills at nursery and at home by waiting their turn, sharing with others, resolving conflicts, empathising with others, managing their angry feelings and being assertive than aggressive. PALS Social Skills Program teaches these skills in a fun and practical way.

Learning through Play

Learning Through Play is a term widely used in education and psychology to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play, children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments. Children have a natural curiosity to explore, and play acts as a medium to do so.

There are five elements of children’s play.

  1. Play must be pleasurable and enjoyable.
  2. Play must have no extrinsic goals; there is no prescribed learning that must occur.
  3. Play is spontaneous and voluntary.
  4. Play involves active engagement on the part of the player.
  5. Play involves an element of make-believe.

Play is a self-chosen activity by the child, rather than prescribed by a parent or teacher. Play is a process, rather than a predicted outcome or product. Work, on the other hand, has a definite intent and a prescribed outcome. Play is not wasted time, but rather time spent building new knowledge from previous experience.

The learning environment at CMN consists of well organised Montessori materials that provide abundance of opportunities for purposeful play. The learning environment is neat, clean and orderly, enabling children to help themselves to an activity and play with it uninterrupted. Playing with specialised Montessori resources helps children to learn special skills, knowledge of the world around them, literacy and numeracy. 

Career opportunities, Staff growth and Development

At Creative Minds Nurseries Ltd; we value our staff- their commitment, dedication and loyalty.  We recognise their hard work and appreciate their achievements.

We believe in empowering our staff with knowledge, skills and expertise required for the delivery of excellence in childcare.

We are committed to promote equality of opportunity in all areas of employment including recruitment, training and promotion. We aim to create an environment where all members of staff can develop their full potential regardless of gender, marital status, age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnic group or religion.

At Creative Minds Nurseries, we strive at creating high performance work place that encourages creativity, innovation, competitiveness. We promote a culture of mutual trust, respect and self-worth where people have sense of ownership and identity.

We promote career progression from within by providing opportunities for lead roles in supervision and management. We invest generously in staff training and development. We have high expectations of our staff and motivate them to achieve higher and greater.

Consultation with outside specialists for individual child and family needs

We at Creative Minds Nurseries believe in multiagency working. Multi-agency working brings together practitioners from different sectors and professions to provide an integrated way of working to support children, young people and families. Because children, young people and family’s needs can be very different, the composition of a multi-agency team differs from case to case.

We ensure that children, young people and families receive tailor-made support in the most efficient way. We are actively involved in providing:

  • early identification and intervention
  • easier or quicker access to services or expertise
  • improved achievement in education and better engagement in education
  • better support for parents
  • children, young people and family’s needs addressed more appropriately
  • better quality services

Healthy Nutrition

Creative Minds advocates Healthy Nutrition and Healthy Life Style. We provide for Healthy snacks and drinks during the day. These include fresh vegetables, fruits, wholemeal products, dairy products with milk and water for drink. Fresh Meals are provided at some nurseries and care is taken to meet the dietary requirements of all children. Wherever packed lunch is requested, parents are encouraged to adhere to the lunch policy to ensure that the packed lunches abide by the standards listed below. Hot lunches are outsourced at Ealing Green Montessori if parent chooses to do so. 

Packed lunches should include:

  • At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day
  • Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (eg lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus, peanut butter and falafel) every day
  • A starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day
  • Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday
  • Only water, fruit juice, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies

Packed lunches should not include:

  • Snacks such as crisps. Instead, include savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or diary food are also a good choice
  • Confectionary such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets. Cakes and biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these only as part of a balanced meal
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