Acorn Nursery
Acorn Nursery
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Let's learn!

Helping you take the extra step towards a life of learning!

About Us

Montessori

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  Children aged 6 months to 5 years
   

The  most important years for learning are birth to age six. Children  possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning  from their environment, which includes people as well as materials.

Children create themselves through purposeful activity.

   

About us

"Children are friendly, confident, independent and well mannered. Children are not only prepared for school, but for life."
(Ofsted Inspector)

Established in 2005, Acorn Montessori School is by no means a new institution. I owned and ran a successful school under the same name with my sister in Leicestershire for 12 years prior to moving to London and having a baby myself, I felt that it was necessary to carry on and give children in this area the same care and education.

​Most children at the age of 2 and even earlier want to do things for themselves. We often hear them say, "Me do it" or "I can do that". The home environment does not always allow this. At this school we endeavour to create an environment and climate of encouragement and guide them to become independent and grow in confidence. The emphasis is on the all round development of the child. Your child is a unique individual who has individual needs and wants to work at his or her own pace. Montessori environment, with qualified and experienced staff, provides them with this opportunity so that they can fulfil their needs and reach their potential. Here at Acorn Montessori School, we prepare your child not just for school but for life.  


Experiencing life
​The essence of working with children is experiencing life through their eyes. So much to feel, see, hear, try to understand – and so many life lessons to grasp! And perhaps we learn more from them than they learn from us.

Three-year-old Anjali was fascinated with pouring. She spent hours in the mud kitchen pouring water from one container to another. Her teacher did not guide the play, but left her at it. As she observed closely, she realised she was learning real-life skills through her play. This gave her an idea. Formerly she had poured the milk at lunch time – but why not allow Anjali to do it? Sure enough, she managed this tricky task thanks to the motor control she'd gained through repetitive play. In open-ended play children themselves decide what to do, how to do it, and what to use. For children who immerse in it, open-ended play evolves in amazing ways. Initially it consists of fluid experimentation. Over time it becomes increasingly purposeful as children start to plan what to act out or invent. Loose parts can be small as corks or large as drain pipes – healthy imagination finds uses for them all!

Curriculum Overview

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At Acorn Montessori Nursery, your child's days are filled with rich and varied curriculum. Our teachers have been carefully trained to ensure that the exciting and productive experience of Montessori learning unfolds for each child in the nursery.


The Montessori curriculum is divided into five core areas of study: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and cultural.


Practical Life

Practical life exercises are designed to teach children life skills. The basic principles behind Practical Life exercises are that they are real e.g. the child washes real dishes or sets a real table for an actual meal. Other activities use scaled down versions of real equipment e.g. brushes and brooms, polishing kits, folding and sorting clothes, even packing a tiny suitcase. Exercises for manners which are called grace and courtesy promote intellectual and physical development, enabling the children to respond to their environment. This lays the foundation for later academic achievement. In addition, these exercises show children how to behave in certain situations and help them to acquire the social skills essential for everyday living in society, learn self-discipline, which leads to independence.


Sensorial
​Sensorial exercises involve innovative educational materials that assist the child in the development and refinement of his sensory organs. On the sensorial shelves there will be specially designed materials to encourage development of the senses, such as fabrics to sort by touch, smelling bottles, rough and smooth tablets, cylinders with knobs which have to be fitted into the right holes in a block, etc. each of these is used to stimulate and refine the sensory areas and will be presented to the child to be used in an exact way to aid his development. In all the activities based on this material, hand and eye co-operate in learning to distinguish different shapes, sizes, weights preparing for mathematics. Sensorial materials also prepare the child for reading and writing.



Our Mission

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  Cultural  

Cultural subjects, in Montessori terms, are the areas of knowledge which enrich the childs understanding of all aspects of the world they live in, and under this heading are included the various branches of science, history, geography, music, art and craft.   


Mathematics  

Montessori equipment allows the child to discover patterns and rules for themselves through handling the apparatus, and progressing gradually from manipulation of concrete objects to the symbolic representation of number on paper. Introduction to maths begins long before they begin to manipulate numbers by handling number rods, counting out beads, counting spindles into boxes and arranging coloured counters in patterns of odd and even. Children work with the maths operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using Montessori Golden Bead material. The success that the child meets here inspires confidence and a desire to seek out future learning experiences. 

  

Language  

 The language program begins with readiness activities. It is imperative that each child be allowed to progress to a state of physical and mental readiness before formal language exercises are introduced. Montessori uses the phonetic method. As the child differentiates and recognises sounds, then begins the process of word building and then blending sounds into meaningful reading and writing.


Learning Goals

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Early Learning Goals 

"Education is not something which the teacher does, but it is a natural process that develops spontaneously in the human being."


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 Children develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for each other; to develop social skills and learn to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities. Through role-play children build relationships with their peers and learn to share and take turns. Through Practical Life exercises children develop independence, self-control, self-awareness and confidence.


Physical Development

Children are active and interactive building on their gross and fine motor skills; develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children learn to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food and their well-being.


Communication and Language Development

Children are given opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak, listen and understand in a range of situations.


Literacy 

Children are encouraged to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. Children have opportunities to access a wide range of reading materials such as books, poems and other written materials to ignite their interest. Through Montessori language materials children work through specific hands-on and tactile materials such as the sandpaper letters to the moveable alphabet.


Mathematics

Children learn to develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures. Hands-on materials such as number rods, sandpaper numbers, number boards, spindle box, builds on the child's mathematical skills.


Understanding the World

To promote understanding of their own world the children are encouraged to look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change. This is done through their topics. The children also get involved with simple experiments to promote their understanding of science and the environment. Awareness of other cultures and beliefs and of the environment is predominant in all our activities. 


Expressive Arts and Design Development
Children are introduced to wide range of experiences to bring out their creative expressions. Music, action songs, dancing, simple drama, art, crafts and imaginative play to enhance and develop their creative skills.

Extra curricular activities
The nursery provides Music and Movement, French lessons, Cooking and Computer classes together with ballet and yoga with professional teachers.

Morning Sessions

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8:00am to 12:30pm
  8:00-9:00 Breakfast club
The children come in and say good bye to their parents and start the day by greeting the staff.  
  9:00-9:15 Free Time
 In the morning they have free time to explore the activities out before getting started.
  9:15-9:30 Circle Time
 The children come together and listen to a story.
  9:30-11:00 Montessori Work Cycle
 Activities are planned for the children to patricipant in with their  key work or as a group, which can be an indoors or outdoors activity.   The activity is focused around the child's ability and interest.
  11:00-11:30 Physical Play
 The children have a chance to go out and play.
  11:30-12:30 Lunch Time
 The children enjoy their lunch with their firends.
  12:30 Home Time
 Home time for morning children. 

Afternoon Session

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12:30pm to 18:00
  12:30 - 1:00 Welcome and outside play
The children come in and they have free time to explore the activities outside before getting started in the afternoon.
  1:00 - 1:15 Circle Time
 The children come together and listen to a story.
  1:15 - 2:30 Montessori Work Cycle
 Activities are planned for the children to patricipant in with their  key work or as a group, which can be an indoors or outdoors activity.   The activity is focused around the child's ability and interest.
  2:30 - 3:00 Focused activities
 The child works with their key worker around the child's ability and interest.
  3:00 - 3:30 Snack Time
 The children have their snacks together with their friends.
  3:30 - 4:00 Physical Play
 The children have a chance to go out and play.
  4:00 - 6:00 Home Time/Games/Group Activities 

Aims and Objectives ​

Development

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 The development of each individual child according to the child’s needs and potential 


Spontaneous Creativity

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 The growth of independence and initiative 

 Spontaneous creativity 

Skill

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 The development of skills and knowledge linked to the child’s own effort and interest

Contribution

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 An understanding of the environment and a sense of the contribution of all living things to each other 

Independance

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 The ability to express thoughts and feelings articulately in writing as well as speech 

Expolaration

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 Searching for the purpose of discovery 

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Journals

"Free the child's potential and you will transform them into the world".

We  maintain all the necessary records electronically and our parents are  able to contribute to the child's learning as they are updated through  the system. This highly effective system supports the cycle of  observations, assessment and planning to monitor the child's ongoing  learning and development.


All  our working documents policies and procedures that are required for  efficient and safe management of the nursery are on the system which is  accessible 24/7 through an app or on the web. Once you enrol with Acorn you will  get a login and password for which Parents can login to the system and  view their child's diaries, Progress, Assessment , Observations,  Photographs, Policies & Permissions and more over your child’s  records are shared with you. We also keep developmental progress reports  on the children and these follow them during their time at the nursery.

Team

"We must offer the child the help they need and be at their service so that they do not have to walk alone."


Key worker system ​
​Each child is assigned in the care of a key worker who ensures that their progress and development is professionally monitored and individual records are properly maintained. Prior to your child joining Acorn Montessori, the key worker assigned to your child will meet with you and your child to jointly discuss your child’s needs. This assists the key worker in “getting to know” your child.

It is imperative for us to have Parent Partnership to successfully work together in achieving our goal.

Staffing

Child ratio
1:3 for children aged under two

1:4 for children aged two 

1:8 for children aged three and over

The staff are qualified and highly experienced. Each child is assigned in the care of a key worker who ensures that their progress and development is professionally monitored and individual records are properly maintained. 

 

“Staff effectively implement the requirements of the Early Years  Foundation Stage, as well as using the Montessori philosophy, which they  deliver to an exceptional standard. The quality of teaching is of an  extremely high standard, which is reflected in the children's free play  as they actively put into practice the skills they are learning." OFSTED

Get involved

Events - Christmas Play/Cultural Celebrations / Sports day/ End of Term Play / Outings


Parent's Socials

  

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME

We encourage parents to join in our social activities with the children, on our days out and at the nursery.

 

We welcome parents, grandparents and friends into our nursery for help with special projects. 

Interested? 

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Additional Information

 

Partnership with Parents

​“Education is not something which the teacher does, but it is a natural process that develops spontaneously in the human being."

Acorn  nursery operates an ‘open door policy’, encouraging parents to feel  welcome anytime. Parents are welcome to attend Open Forum Meetings, a  Parent’s evening every term, workshops as well as social occasions,  sports day, Christmas concerts, outings and when appropriate to take  part in ‘making the school a better place to be'.

It is imperative for us to have Parent Partnership to successfully work together in achieving our goal. 

Learn More

 

Everyone at Acorn would like to thank parents for on-going support and in this successful partnership.

Find out more

Contact Us

If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our nursery, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Acorn Montessori Nursery

St.Georges Church Hall, 98 Pinner View, Harrow HA1 4RJ

0208 861 4056

Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed


All other arrangements on request.

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