Wednesday, 04 September 2014
Montessori Centre International is delighted to announce the launch of two new Montessori courses from October 2014. The Introduction to the Montessori Approach and Introduction to Montessori Practice. Both courses are available through MCI’s new online Virtual Learning Environment.
There has been some publicity over the summer about the Government’s wish to ensure that schools teach British values, following concerns expressed about some schools in Birmingham and elsewhere. The Department for Education (DfE) has followed this up with proposed changes to regulations which will affect not only schools but also funded early years’ places. Obviously it’s easy to miss such things over the summer holiday period, so I wanted to try to make sure you were up to date on this.
It’s just over 7 years since my Montessori journey began, when I signed up my first child – then a baby – for a pre-school place at the Montessori school near to me. I can remember taking her along to an open day and being so impressed by the busy hum of the classroom and the natural elements of the classroom – and by the children who were all engaged in working either alone or in small groups. All of them looked calm and interested. There was definitely a ‘switched on’ look in their eyes that I hadn’t seen before on my visits to other settings, as they followed their own interests for as long as they wished.
Montessori Centre International – Announces New Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator) Qualifications due to launch September 2014
In response to the Government’s wider agenda for qualification reform in the Early Years outlined in More Great Childcare, Montessori Centre International is on track to be able to put Montessori training on the National Qualifications Framework for the first time.
Continuing her series on human tendencies, Barbara Isaacs explores exactness, orientation and order…
Montessori believed that children were born with ‘a mathematical mind’, which she defined as a natural tendency for exactness, orientation and order, usually manifested in older children as capacity for logical, systematic thinking. In her writing in The Absorbent Mind she compares this genetic gift to the warp on a loom, into which experiences and learning are woven as the child develops and has opportunities to use shapes, pair and match, sort and use principles of one-to-one correspondence, order, sequence and make patterns.
Early years and primary work continues to attract attention from policy makers – not always for the right reasons. The most recent examples have been a letter from the Chief Inspector of Ofsted (HMCI) to Early Years inspectors and his first Annual Report on the early years. The report has a preface by Nick Hudson, National Director of Early Education at Ofsted and, significantly, it regards itself as being one of a series about raising standards, with not enough being done to support and encourage parents or to address differences between children from different economic backgrounds.