The daily routine of the school rooms will depend hugely on the age of your child. Each day is planned and approved by our professionals to include activities that are perfect for your child's learning.
We eat baby cereal to get the energy we need for our busy day.
We have the first nappy change so we can start our day fresh and clean. Some of us need a little sleep, all the others get themselves busy with their favourite activities.
We love listening to stories!
Park Visits/Garden Play
It's time to play and explore outdoor spaces.
Lunch & Sleep
We had a busy morning and need a rest for an exciting afternoon.
It's time for a special activities, such as messy play. Our favourites are corn flour, sand and water. Or perhaps we will do a craft with paint and collage.
We enjoy our afternoon tea.
Circle, Stories & Free Play
We take a little break to sing and hear a story before we participate in our final activities of the day.
It's time to say goodbye to our friends and teachers - see you tomorrow!
Smiley faces arrive at door and children are welcomed in with cuddles. Free play.
Mat Chat, songs and news time for toddlers.
Morning break and outside play Fun for all on climbing frame, slide and ride-on toys.
MORNING WORK CYCLE
Morning work cycle. Current topic with lots of fun filled activities.
Tidy up/storytime followed by lunch
Wash hands and faces please. Snooze time for sleepyheads and outside play for wide-awakers! Ballet time for pre-school class.
Messy play - cooking, painting, sand and water, junk modelling. Imaginative play - home corner, dressing up, shop, role play.
Tidy up and let's see what's for tea.
HIDE AND SEEK
Wash hands and faces please. Hide and seek games outside. Play in the garden.
Soft play and quiet times for tired little people (cuddles on the sofa).
MUMMY AND DADDY
Get ready for Mummy and Daddy. Bye bye to all my friends - see you tomorrow.
Welcome and eat breakfast. Children pour their own milk and spoon their own cereal as part of the Montessori method
Welcome children through our 'Hello Song', featuring all their home languages. We then introduce new topics or festivals that are approaching. Children have the opportunity to talk and share.
Montessori/EYFS Work Cycle
Montessori cycle of practical life, sensorial, literacy, maths and culture.
Outdoor Play (Linked with Work Cycle)
Our Montessori Cycle includes outdoor play and visits to the local community.
Lunch & Quiet Time
Time to eat a nutritious lunch.
Montessori/EYFS Work Cycle
Montessori cycle of practical life, sensorial, literacy, maths and culture; includes outdoor play and visits to the local community.
It's time for tea!
We love to take our learning outdoors.
We say goodbye to our friends and teachers - see you tomorrow!
We have fully qualified Montessori teachers who also have knowledge and understanding of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).
Sumudu Dantanarayana heads up the teaching and caring team. Sumudu has two children of her own and has a degree in Early Childhood Studies. If you have any day-to-day issues, Sumudu will be happy to answer them.
At Mace, we choose our people for their ability to provide the optimum care and dedication to your child to the exacting standard you would expect as a parent.
All of our staff are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked upon joining the company.
All of our staff receive a comprehensive induction programme of training as they start their career with us. Their induction covers subjects such as Paediatric First Aid, Basic Food Hygiene and the extensive Base Room Practices to familiarise themselves with our standards and procedures.
Mace offers one of the widest ranges of training courses available within the industry and we are registered with the LSC with our own approved training scheme covering Montessori Diploma level to NVQ and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships, plus many more schemes to ensure that we meet their career development expectations.
Staff ratios are 1:3 for 0-2 year olds, 1:4 for 2-3 year olds and 1:8 for 3-5 year olds.
Mace Montessori Schools is commited to delivering exceptional standards of pre-school care and education and an uncompromising approach to quality.
At Mace we recognise the parents as the primary educators of their children, therefore work closely in partnership with the parent in each child’s care and teaching. Respect is shown to family traditions and childcare practices and every effort is made to comply with the parent’s wishes for their child in keeping with the ethos of the school.
We provide a safe and secure environment.
Mace is approved by OFSTED / CSIW (in Wales).
Our staff is fully qualified and given support to further develop their education and training.
Benefits to Children
Every day in nursery is carefully planned to ensure your child receives the best learning opportunities in a safe, fun and caring environment while ensuring we meet the individual social, physical and emotional needs of each child.
Our nursery managers and their team realise the importance of building a trusting, confident relationship with parents and carers from the very first day, to ensure they meet all the individual needs of both the parent and the child.
At Mace, we realise the needs of children are very specific and important. We are a market leader in the design, construction and conversion of our buildings to ensure that they are perfect for your little ones, providing the best layout and facilities to enable children to enjoy their time in nursery.
Our nurseries are fun, bright and attractive to children with areas for active play, eating, sleeping and quiet times. All equipment, furniture and facilities from tables and chairs to toilets and wash hand basins are specially designed for children.
Benefits to Parents
At Mace, we understand that leaving your child for the first time in nursery is a big event and can be a stressful and upsetting time for you and sometimes your child, therefore we try to make this as easy as possible. Once your place is booked and before your child starts nursery, we will offer you and your child the opportunity to attend ‘settling-in sessions’. This experience is invaluable and will enable us to begin to build important relationships with you.
Settling in is a gradual process which will help you feel more comfortable and confident in leaving your child for longer periods of time on each visit, and then on their first day, you will be happy and reassured that your child is contented and settled.
We ensure that you are given every opportunity to talk to your child’s Key Worker and other nursery staff. Good communication between staff and parents is vital as it will enable us to provide full reports on the progress your child is making and answer any questions you may have.
Parents’ Evenings are held regularly, which gives you and your child’s Key Worker the opportunity to discuss their progress, needs and development.
Regular newsletters keep parents informed on nursery activities and promotions taking place, changes to policies, general information, updates on the nursery staff team and any other information which you as a parent should be aware of.
There are also notice boards around the nursery, which contain specific information for each nursery room and the activities and events taking place.
A safe, secure environment is obviously of great importance to any parent leaving their child in a nursery setting.
Our admissions policy is meticulous and at the time of booking your child’s place you will be asked to complete an ‘Authorised Persons to Collect your Child’ form and only these people will be allowed to collect your child from school. Your child will be signed in on the Base Room register each time they attend nursery and signed out when they are collected.
Any visitors or contractors must produce a form of ID before they gain access to the nursery and they are required to sign a visitors/contractors book, which is monitored regularly to ensure that relevant procedures are being followed.
Health and safety is very important to us. We ensure that our nursery provides a safe environment for all children, parents and staff. We have our own team of health and safety experts who work closely with the nurseries to ensure that all safety procedures and practices are adhered to throughout. Our nursery staff receive regular training and updates on health and safety issues and each nursery has a health and safety co-ordinator.
Play is central to a child’s learning.
“Discovery is far more than a means to livelihood, far more than a spice of life. Discovery is the ultimate of human achievement. Discovery is thrill, excitement and euphoria. Discovery is the difference between victory and defeat between satisfaction and disappointment, between success and failure. Discovery is the prime goal of every true research scientist, every explorer of the great unknown.”
– from The Art Of Discovery, by J Oliver
Play is the opportunity to discover and is consequently central to a child’s learning. It contributes to development of feelings, ideas and imagination, relationships, abstract ways of thinking including the moral and spiritual self.
As such, at Mace we recognise the importance of giving children the time to play and it is, in fact, one of the strengths of the Montessori method that children explore their environment independently and progress at their own speed. The specialised Montessori materials are designed to encourage children’s natural curiosity and to allow them steady progress. Thus, as they play in our nursery, carefully and gently guided by our staff, you will find that your children are not only having fun but learning as well.
Educationalists now recognise the prime importance of play for children’s development. Indeed, some researchers believe that play and laughter actually “fertilise” the brain. Play is also believed to be very important as an antidote to “over-occupied” childhoods, where children take on too many formal organised activities (ballet, football, rugby, learning new language, etc) to leave enough time for playing.