All our teachers from Rushmore House and Orpington attended the 2017 Montessori Schools Association Conference at the Institute of Education in London. We attend this event every year to learn from other practitioner's experiences and reflect on our own understanding.
This year's theme was "The role of the Montessori teacher". The lectures included topics such as:
At our annual Family Fun Day the children performed songs and dance for their parents and families. After the show they played on a bouncy castle and did face painting, nails, water transfers, hook a duck, treasure map and the day ended with a raffle. Parents had brought in food for lunch and there were lots of cakes. Funds raised from the day will be used to build an all weather canopy in the outside play area.
The Manager and Group Manager of Orpington Montessori Preschool attended the MEAB School Leaders Conference. This conference is only open to MEAB accredited preschools and schools. This is a great opportunity to keep in touch with the wider Montessori community and to discuss our successes and the challenges and we face. The conference included the following presentations:
This year nine of our teachers attended the annual Montessori Schools Association conference. This year the focus was on outdoor learning and included a presentation by Richard Louv author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle". Richard is well known for introducing the term Nature deficit disorder. We also attended the launch of My Montessori Teacher's House by David Gettman and his team from My Montessori Child the child observation system we use at our preschools.
On Friday 15th December 2015 teachers from both Rushmore House and Orpington Montessori went to the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board presentation ceremony held at The Institute of Education, London.This was a magical evening as both our preschools joined joined almost two hundred other Montessori preschools and nurseries in the largest accredited Montessori association in the world. (Read the report)
We had an inspection on 10th November.We received an OUTSTANDING classification. This has been achieved by the hard work and dedication of the teachers and the support of parents. We are very proud of this achievement.
LOCAL MONTESSORI SCHOOL GAINS ACCREDITATION
Orpington Montessori Preschool in Orpington has gained accreditation under the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) scheme.
The scheme offers support and guidance to Montessori schools in order to ensure that their Montessori provision is of a high quality. The scheme, which includes two visits by MEAB assessors to the setting, also seeks to reassure parents that their Montessori school works with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
Building on the success of the MEAB scheme since it began in the summer term of 2008, a further seven schools have been accredited and nineteen re-accredited in the autumn term of 2015, of which Rushmore House Montessori was one. These schools represented a variety of Montessori settings, and the assessors that visited Orpington Montessori felt that it followed the Montessori ethos and was certainly worthy of accreditation.
Cima Shahroudi, Group Manager, said this award is a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of the teachers who have worked so hard to achieve the very high standards needed for accreditation. The parents have always been very supportive and, of course, the children are wonderful.
They have received their accreditation certificate and the ‘MEAB Accredited’ logo for use on their website, and were presented with a plaque to further celebrate their success — along with the other accredited schools — at the awards ceremony held at the Institute of Education in London on Friday 11 December 2015.
Orpington Montessori Preschool is based in Orpington and has 26 children between the ages of 2 and 4 years.
For more information on this scheme please contact Philip Davies at email@example.com or phone 020 7493 8300.
Some children went to Orpington Library.There is a special young children's area with lots of books on low shelves. The children enjoyed exploring the shelves and sharing the books they found with their friends.
We were inspected by the Food Safety Team from Bromley council. Snacks are prepared by the children under the supervision of teaching staff. This inspection checked how the food is stored and prepared and how the facilities of the preschool are used. The 5 Very Good rating is the highest rating.
On Tuesday 10th November the preschool was inspected by Ofsted. The Inspection report will be published in two weeks.