What is Montessori?


In a Montessori nursery school, children are treated respectfully as unique individuals. Their  social and emotional development is essential to their education. Emphasis is not on what is to be learnt but how. Children are naturally interested in the world around them, they  choose what to learn and at Hazel Tree we help them to find the best way of learning. Our  trained teachers guide them in using their own abilities and with specially designed Montessori materials.


The Montessori approach follows each child’s different learning styles and is carefully  structured to allow your child to develop at their own pace.

Children are not afraid of making mistakes. They are encouraged to see them as natural  steps in the learning process. Within this culture they enjoy challenges and gain a sense of  perseverance.

The focus is on enjoying learning and feeling satisfied at carrying out their tasks. Being  satisfied in doing the actual task means that reward is unnecessary. Likewise, sanctions are  obsolete. The quickest way to restore good behaviour is to give them something satisfying  to do. We always stop unwanted behaviour but then shift the focus to positive activities.  Children work on self-chosen tasks and team up on bigger projects, they are encouraged  to strive for their personal best, or for the good of all, rather than competing against each  other.

Children learn through hands-on experience, investigating and questioning. We encourage  active learning and do not passively feed them information. The teacher aims to facilitate a  child’s independent discovery rather than giving instruction. The value of learning is in the  way it is applied. When children recognise the usefulness of what they learn, they come to  enjoy learning.


Born in Italy in 1870, Maria Montessori was the first female Doctor of Medicine in her  country. Through her work with socially deprived and special needs children she devised a  unique method of education known as the Montessori method. She found through further  study, observation and experiments that her principles applied to all children. The  Montessori methods has had an impact on education in general and many countries  adopted them. Her insights and ideas for helping children grow into healthy, well-rounded  adults are as relevant as ever.