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Our Day

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.

  • 8:00 - 8:30


    We eat baby cereal to get the energy we need for our busy day.

  • 8:30


    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 the Treasure Basket

  • 10:00


    A little snack (breadsticks, cheese fingers…) or a bottle of milk to keep our tummy happy

  • 10:15


    It’s time for a special activity such as messy play (corn flour, sand, water play…) or craft (painting, hand printing, collage…)

  • 11:30


    Yummy yummy in my tummy! We really enjoy our lovely lunch, tasty and well-balanced for our age!

  • 12:00


    Time for another nappy change and for a rest (we really need to relax after such a busy morning!)

  • 14:00


    After our sleep it’s wonderful to have a drink! And let’s see how is the weather outside… we love being outdoors!

  • 15:30


    Another delicious meal for our hungry tummies! Our key person encourages us to hold our spoons even if we end up making a big mess with our food!

  • 16:00


    It’s the moment to have our nappies changed and to play while waiting for our mummies and daddies.

  • 18:00


    The day is over! It was an exciting and busy day in the Caterpillars Room!
    Time to wave Bye to my friends and carers.

  • 7:30-9:00


    Smiley faces arrive at door and children are welcomed in with cuddles. Free play.

  • 9:00-10:00

    News Time

    Mat Chat, songs and news time for toddlers.

  • 10:00-11:30

    Work Cycle

    Morning work cycle. Current topic with lots of fun filled activities.

  • 11:30-12:30

    Tidy Up

    Tidy up/storytime followed by lunch

  • 12:30-13:30

    Washy Wash

    Wash hands and faces please. Snooze time for sleepyheads and outside play for wide-awakers! Ballet time for pre-school class.

  • 13:30-15:30

    Messy Play

    Messy play - cooking, painting, sand and water, junk modelling. Imaginative play - home corner, dressing up, shop, role play.

  • 15:30-16:00

    Tidy Up

    Tidy up and let's see what's for tea.

  • 16:00-16:30

    Washy Hands

    Wash hands and faces please. Hide and seek games outside. Play in the garden.

  • 16:30-17:30

    Soft Play

    Soft play and quiet times for tired little people (cuddles on the sofa).

  • 17:30-18:30


    Get ready for Mummy and Daddy. Bye bye to all my friends - see you tomorrow.

  • 8:00-9:00

    Free Play

    Welcome and structured free play

  • 8:30 - 9:00


    Breakfast time (pour their own milk, spoon their own cereal as part of the Montessori method)

  • 9:30 - 11:00

    Cycle Of Life

    Montessori cycle of practical life, sensorial, literacy, maths and culture.

  • 10:00


    Snack and nappies changed if needed, toilet training practiced.

  • 11:00 --11:20

    Circle Time

    Circle time. Say hello, discuss the days of the week, the weather, season, topic of the week. At the end the children choose what they want to say.

  • 11:20-11:30

    Tidy Up

    Tidy up time and ready for lunch. Wash hands.

  • 11:30 - 12:00


    One child is picked each day to serve all their friends

  • 12:30 - 12:45

    Wash time

    Wash hands and toilet.

  • 12:45 - 14:00

    Sleep Time

    Sleep time. Those who do not sleep, read books, do quiet activities, and use the computer for ICT.

  • 14:00

    Wake up & Wash

    Wake up time. Wash hands and faces and get ready for the park. Perhaps get bread for the ducks?

  • 14:30 - 15:45

    Park Time

    Park time, structured activities, parachute, swings, sand play, feed the ducks. This routine changes each day.

  • 15:50

    Tea Time

    Tea time. One child serves all his friends.

  • 16:15 - 17:15


    Montessori cycle/ ICT

  • 17:15 - 17:30

    Tidy Time

    Tidy up time

  • 17:30 - 17:45

    Circle time

    Circle time

  • 17:30 - 18:00

    Home time!

    Home time!

Our Team

We have fully qualified Montessori teachers who also have knowledge and understanding of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Vanessa Miguelez-Rallo is the Manager at Mace Wandsworth Road and has been a part of Wandsworth’s management team since 2013. Vanessa currently has her Level 3 in Childcare, but also holds a BA Hons in Nursing which helps her to support her staff team and ensure all are trained in First Aid. Vanessa has 6 years experience in Management and 12 years experience working with children.

All of our staff are DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checked upon joining the company.

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.


Our Values

Mace Montessori, Wandsworth Road, is committed 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.

We follow our British Values at Mace Montessori that has been introduced by the Government. We teach the children to be positive towards one another through the following values;
· We have a sense of belonging in our community.
· We learn about the world in which we live and are proud of what we see around us.
· We learn about what is right and wrong.
· Every child in the setting has a voice and is listened to.
· We teach mutual respect and tolerance.
· We promote the rule of law.


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 application form that includes your child’s personal details together with collection details. Unless authorised to do so through our ‘collection of a child by other parties form,’ your child will not be allowed to be collected by anyone other than who is stated on the application form.

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. Our nursery staffs receive regular training through Lambeth borough. We have a co-ordinators system where different roles are distributed throughout the nursery according to their qualifications.


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.

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