V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD, Bethnal Green, London
Montessori St Nicholas charity is delighted to announce it is holding a Montessori for Families Event at the V & A Museum of Childhood, London on Sunday 23rd August 2015. This free Montessori event has become a fixture at the Museum over the past 4 years.
The result of the general election has raised several issues which we are monitoring closely. The most publicised one is the extension of the ‘free’ places for 3 and 4 year olds from 15 to 30 hours. We intend to seek a meeting with the minister to put our concerns about how settings and schools can manage without the hourly rate being raised to match actual costs and with top-up fees not being allowed. At the time of writing Zac Goldsmith MP has agreed to put our letter to the minister, but there is uncertainty as to which minister has the responsibility. Sam Gyimah was initially said to have responsibility for funding and Edward Timpson held the brief for EY learning and development. This information has now been withdrawn but as soon as we know exactly who to approach we shall do so.
Montessori education is well known for its focus on refinement of the senses. The ‘sensorial materials’ are at the heart of Montessori pedagogy and underpin all future learning in the nursery and later on in primary school. Many of the strategies by which the materials are introduced to young children have close links with mathematics, exploring concepts of one-to-one correspondence, matching and pairing as well as grading and sorting.
The reason for this issue’s theme is Ofsted’s strong emphasis on leadership in the Common Inspection Framework (www.gov.uk/government/publications/common-inspection-framework-education-skills-and-early-years-from-september-2015). And writing on the theme, we are happy to welcome the new Chief Executive Dr Stephen Tommis as a contributor; his article sets out some thoughts on what leadership is about and the qualities that make a positive contribution to it.
We are very happy to report that Sarah Olley has been voted as a finalist at the Nursery World Awards 2015 in the category ‘Trainer of the Year’. In their letter of notification Nursery World wrote “This is a tremendous achievement against incredibly tough competition this year, congratulations.”