The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life. Dr Maria Montessori

Parents deciding to send their child to a Montessori school offer their child more than a good education. At the heart of Montessori education lies the individual child with his unique character and talents. Montessori schools around he world have proven that, if we provide our children with an environment that supports the child's needs along each step of his development, we lay the foundation for our children becoming well rounded personalities, driven by a lifelong desire to learn and making a positive contribution to society. Children who have the opportunity to practice living their lives to the fullest -intellectually, interpersonally, and with independence - today and throughout their school years, will continue to do so for the rest of their lives.

In practice, this means each child at Rose House Montessori is welcomed into an environment of beauty and order. All classrooms are dominated by wooden shelves, displaying beautifully crafted Montessori materials for free choice. Montessori activiies are graded from simple to complex, allowing each child to engage in activities which provide the right level of challenge and lead to concentration. The inbuilt control of error allows the child to correct himself, hereby learning from a very young age that mistakes are a means of learning, developing into fear free learner personlities with a deep understanding of their own talents.

'Classrooms are calm and purposeful places to learn. Teachers have high expectations for pupils' attitudes to learning and communicate these consistently .'

From the moment they enter the classroom all children at Rose House Montessori are given the right to freely dispose of their time throughout the day. Children have the opportunity to engage with activities as long as they choose; there are no time tables or interruptions for extra classes. Children at Rose House Montessori have the freedom to choose their snack and lunch breaks whenever they feel hungry, are in need of a rest or would like to have a social time with their friends. Small group offers are available for free choice; in the elementary class, children will be aware of work shop offers and can plan their day accordingly.

The adult in the Montessori environment leads the child with compassion and respect. Every child is treated with kindness and consideration; childen are encouraged to explore and question, and their remarks are listened to seriously and answered thoughtfully and courteously. Chilren's behaviour is guided by clear and firm messages with the aim to help each child deal with their feelings and conflicts in acceptable ways. Our aim is not to punish the misbehaving child, but to help each child deal with his/her feelings and aggressions in acceptable ways.

Rose House Montessori provides all children with access to prepared outdoor environments and promotes children's connection to nature. Weekly education in nature sessions allow children to grow and develop being aware of nature as they explore nearby nature reserves or the school allotment.

Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.
Dr Maria Montessori