We invite MSA members to participate in the ENABLE 2015 Conference. Some of the world’s leading childcare experts will be sharing their knowledge with early years professionals and parents at a visionary new conference – E N A B L E 2 0 1 5 - to be held in London on the 5th of November 2015. Use the ‘MONTESSORI’ code for £70 off the full price
What do our children need in order to be prepared for Reception? Policy-makers would benefit from heeding the words of the pioneers of early education, says Barbara Isaacs…
I have been working in early years for long enough to remember the introduction of funding for nursery age children in 1995. At the time, one of the main arguments in support of the funding was US research demonstrating the long-term benefits of early education, particularly for disadvantaged children. Another came from observations made by infant school teachers, that children who experienced some kind of nursery provision settled more easily into the school life when joining Reception. In the last 20 years we have learned more about the benefits of preschool education, not only from the influential EPPI research but also from many small-scale studies undertaken by academics and practitioners. We have also had opportunities to learn from other models of early childhood education in New Zealand, Reggio Emilia and Denmark, to name just a few.
Montessori Schools Association
Chairman’s blog September 2015
From 1st September 2015, Ofsted has introduced several changes to its inspection framework. Basically these reflect its wish to have what it calls a Common Inspection Framework across all provision which it inspects – in the schools and early years sectors this includes FE Colleges, primary and secondary schools (both maintained and independent), nursery schools and settings in the PVI sector. Clearly there have to be some differences in approach when the age ranges covered go from birth to 18 and beyond. Despite MSA’s early misgivings during the piloting of the new approach, Ofsted has broadly managed to address many of our initial concerns. For example, the references to ‘learning’ alone for the early years have been tempered by now referring to ‘learning and development’, not least as the EYFS legally requires settings to address both terms.
I would like to invite all Montessori practitioners, owners and students to participate in this important survey which is intended to gather data on the provision for and attitudes to outdoor play in early years settings and schools. The findings will be included in Annie Davy’s presentation at MSA’s next national conference (Institute of Education on Saturday 12 March 2016) which will explore the importance of Nature in our lives and in our daily work with children.
Give ten minutes of your time to contribute to this national survey and participate in national debate on the importance of outdoor play. This is your opportunity to influence policy and practice.
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.