Montessori St Nicholas Fifth Annual Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board School Leaders’ Conference
The fifth Annual Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) School Leaders’ Conference was hosted on Friday 10 June at the Institute of Education, University College, London, by Montessori St Nicholas, the leading charity for Montessori in the UK.
The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee yesterday published a report on the entitlement to free early years education and childcare (http://www.parliament.uk/business/public-accounts-committee/report/entitlement-to-free-early years-education-and childcare). It notes that 94% of three year-olds and 99% of four year olds take up the current free places, whilst only 58% of disadvantaged two year olds take up their places. In 2015-16 £2.7 billion was given to local authorities for these places which were used by 1.5 million children.
That we must strive to ensure children have a strong foundation in spoken language is one of Montessori’s most important lessons, says Barbara Isaacs…
The purpose of this paper is to outline the government’s proposals for early years. Apologies for the length, but you will see the amount of documentation recently produced!
The Childcare Bill received Royal Assent on 16 March and its contents are beginning to be implemented. As I have noted previously, the Act is short – what has been described as a ‘skeleton Bill’ – and a plethora of papers have come from DfE as it begins to implement the proposals.
Local early years Montessori educator who set up her own nursery schools business has won a top charity accolade for her achievements.
Michelle Wisbey, 45, owns and operates five Montessori pre-schools in Essex and Hertfordshire which employ 50 people and teach hundreds of young children.
This is going to be a rather complicated update, dealing with the current legislation, but as it has significant implications for all our members, I hope you will bear with me as I seek to outline some issues.