We have a high ratio of Degree qualified teachers and practitioners on our team. We actively promote CPD (Continuing Professional Development), tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that our practitioners gain both formally and informally, beyond any initial training.
In February our Head of Nursery Mandy Kemp joined Under the Willow to manage our move to a Montessori nursery and to deliver the relevant training modules and coaching
We follow the Montessori ethos, promoting respect for the child and valuing the development of the whole child—considering the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs. We promote freedom to discover within a very structured environment.
We are excited to show you what the Montessori approach has done here.
Our Weekly Schedule
Every day, as well as the Montessori work cycle, the children are offered messy play and art activities with a wide range of media. Each day also has its own focus.
Monday is Baking Day. We promote our own food policy (see separate page) and encourage the children to help make savoury foods as well as sweet. What they make is packed up and taken home at the end of the day, with plenty of information for parents about all the ingredients used.
Tuesday is Football, for Preschool children, and Music and Movement for the Under Twos. Football is taught by a visiting football coach. Music and Movement is an in house provision.
Wednesday is Music. We are fortunate enough to have Cathy Clethero (www.bangersandsmash.net) join all of us to support our music making.
Thursday is Yoga. Our Yoga teacher is local to the Dulwich area, and experienced in bringing yoga to babies and children.
Friday is Gardening Day. We are learning to broaden our skills and knowledge in growing fruit and vegetables, seeds and flowers, as well as learn about bees, worms and composting.
Within our Montessori curriculum we have amazing and memorable projects, where children and teachers learn together about the incredible world we live in.
We uphold the EYFS through the Montessori curriculum, where the five areas (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural) more than meet the less expansive requirements of the EYFS. Our children are learning through real experiences and spending plenty of time outdoors in our all-weather space which is surrounded by nature. We encourage children to work things out for themselves, making discoveries through child-led activities.