At Honey Bears Montessori we provide children between the ages of two to five years a combination of the Montessori Method of education and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This allows children to develop a meaningful degree of independence and self discipline. It sets them up with a lifetime of good habits and a sense of responsibility.
Children thrive in our warm and friendly environment with the support of our experienced and qualified staff team. Children are taught to take pride in doing tasks for themselves carefully and well. We ensure they enjoy their first experiences of nursery and go into the world equipped with the necessary skills and an eagerness to learn.
We begin with the Montessori work cycle in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Our practitioners allow children to make choices and extend their learning independently. Children are introduced to all the resources during circle time, group activities or on a one to one basis suiting every child’s needs.
Practitioners initiate activities inviting children to move freely both indoors and outdoors as they wish, after snack time. Songs and stories form part of our daily language session curriculum.
Every child has different learning styles and interests. At Honey Bears these are carefully monitored and the information fed into each child’s Individual Learning Plans. Themes are planned according to events and interests stimulating the children to extend their learning.
Children are taught French and I.T. We run cooking activities with the children during the term which they really enjoy.
Children at Honey Bears have to wear a uniform which consists of a white polo t-shirt and blue sweatshirt; both which have the nursery logo. This can be bought at the nursery. We recommend trousers / skirts / joggers that have an elastic waist band so that they can be easily removed when visiting the toilet or potty training.
Snack and Lunch
Snack and lunch time at Honey Bears is a social occasion where children learn about healthy eating and what benefits it has for their well-being. Self help skills are encouraged as they learn to serve themselves and clear up afterwards.
Healthy snacks such as dried fruit and cereals are available at all times for the children to help themselves if they feel peckish at any time.
Children staying for lunch should bring in a packed lunch. We encourage this to be a healthy lunch and therefore we request that no sweets, chocolate or chewing gum be included. Due to nut allergies we ask parents not to send in any nuts in their child’s lunch boxes.
Working with parents as partners to understand and support the children is of paramount important to us. Information is shared both verbally and through an Individual Learning Plan sent periodically via email.
Parent and key worker meetings are held often in order to inform the parents of any changes in curriculum and also to give a detailed progress report of your child.
At Honey Bears we encourage parents to come in and perform an activity with the children. These may include reading a story, doing craft work or telling the children what their job / profession is about.
Key Worker System
A key worker system is implemented at Honey Bears. This means your child will be allocated a member of staff who has responsibility for developing a trusting and caring relationship with you and your child. The key worker’s aim is to ensure that the child is happy and feels secure, to encourage and extend your child’s learning and be responsible for taking observations and monitoring his / her progress during their time at Honey Bears.
We have an ‘open door policy’, therefore parents / carers are always welcome to come in for an informal discussion regarding their child with their key worker.
Activities and Events
At Honey Bears Montessori we have a structured soft play and gym class that provides stimulating physical activity in which all children participate once a week and this is very popular.
Tennis lessons are lead by a coach each week where children develop fine motor skills i.e. hand eye coordination. This is a fun activity which gives children the opportunity to have a first taste of sport.
Events at Honey Bears – These include; the Christmas concert by the children, the annual Easter egg hunt and the summer term performance. We also participate in the Barnados toddle.
To expand the children’s knowledge of the world around them, we arrange visits from ‘people who help us’ e.g. the fire brigade, health care professionals etc.
Nursery trips are organised where parents are asked to join in. We have previously visited: Willows Farm, Odds Farm, Paradise Wildlife Park and Gulliver’s Land.
The children are often taken to the local library and nearby recreational ground.