Welcome to Mistore



Children learn and develop in many ways; through their imaginative play, their social interactions, by having fun, being both physically and mentally active, exploring new experiences as well as building upon things that they already know and can do.  Children attending any of our settings will be assured that their mind and bodies will thrive experiencing all the activities that are on offer. 

We believe that key to making children’s learning effective, exciting, varied and progressive is good planning.  Good planning enables practitioners to build upon knowledge about how individual children learn and make progress.  Children who begin their education in a positive learning environment that is vibrant, purposeful, challenging and supportive stand the best chance of developing into confident and successful learners.

Our key workers use learning journals to record significant developmental progress in the form of observations, photographs and samples of work. Practitioners’ observational skills give us a fuller picture of children’s learning, their current interests, strengths and needs. This knowledge is then used to plan further experiences which will support individual children’s next steps of learning. There are regular opportunities to share this information with parents and carers, the learning journals “belong to the children” and are available for you to look through at any time.

What is Montessori?

Tudor House

We follow the philosophy of Maria Montessori concentrating in developing in our children a lifelong love of learning.  Montessori education encourages children to become able, confident and independent learners working in harmony with the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE 2014). The Montessori approach is different and what makes it work so well, is that it is based on a deep understanding of the way children learn through choosing, trying and doing activities for themselves. If a child can choose for themselves what he or she would like to do they will concentrate for longer and therefore learning is more likely to take place supported by the guidance of our Montessori teachers. 

Children choose from low level open shelves with prepared high quality resources and activities which offer learning and development opportunities across all areas.  On our practical life shelves we offer activities to promote hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and using tools for a purpose such pouring, transferring and dressing frames. On other
shelves children can choose from a large selection of exciting maths, language, cultural and sensorial activities.  Our
outside environments are richly resourced to support the all-round learning of children; activities include growing, gross motor skill development, problem solving, exploration and a sense of wonder of the natural world.

We give the children enormous freedom in the activities they choose and each child is encouraged to respect the views, values of others, be kind and to share. What makes the Tudor House Group so very special is we encourage children to
flourish and meet their full potential taking into account their starting point and capabilities. At our Tudor House nurseries we encourage children to see themselves as unique individuals and value cultural differences whilst remembering a smile is a smile in any language.

Should any parent or carer require any further information about Montessori, please enquire at any of our nurseries who will be only too happy to help you.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (DfE 2014)  is made up of The Statutory Framework which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five and Development Matters, which provides non-statutory guidance material for our practitioners to implement the statutory requirements of the EYFS.

The four themes of the EYFS shape the everyday practices of the Tudor House Montessori Group.  Their principles
can be seen alongside our vision to provide high quality care and early learning that is suitable for each child at each stage of their development and this can be seen in OUR LONG TERM PLAN displayed in every setting.

The four Themes of the EYFS are:

    1.       A Unique Child whose principle is “Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

2.       Positive Relationships whose principle is “Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and
secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

    3.       Enabling Environments whose principle is “An effective environment plays a key role in supporting and extending
    children’s development and learning.

4.       Learning and Development whose principle is “Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates; a small step in progress for one child might be an enormous achievement for another”.

     The EYFS Framework?

Learning and development requirements

The EYFS sets out  the learning and development requirements which shape the activities and experiences for all children attending the Tudor House Montessori Group.  We will support all children in working towards the knowledge, skills and understanding (the early learning goals) they should have at the end of the academic year in which they have their fifth birthday. The Tudor House Montessori Group will promote the three prime areas of learning with the youngest of our children

  • communication and language 
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

These three prime areas are fundamental in fostering children’s love of learning, ability to form positive relationships and enables children to thrive.  The balance will shift towards a more equal focus on all areas of learning, to include the other
four specific areas as children grow in confidence and ability within the three prime areas

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

Our continuous provision will take into account how young children learn when planning and guiding children’s activities, building upon the recognised characteristics of effective learning which are:-

  • playing and exploring children will be encouraged to learn by investigating and experiencing things and by adopting a “have a go” approach
  • active learning –   children will be encouraged to concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • creating and thinking critically – children are encouraged to have and develop their own ideas, make connections between their ideas and develop ways of doing things.

Assessment requirements

The Tudor House Montessori Group will continue to use our on-going assessments (formative) to inform our future practice in supporting young children’s learning and development.  Our planning will build upon children’s’ individual strengths, needs, interests and learning styles in partnership with their parents/carers.  Our assessments will highlight children’s achievements; identify any additional support from other professionals and how this will be provided.

A key change to the assessment arrangements is the statutory requirement that our practitioners will review children’s progress across the 3 prime areas between the ages of 2 – 3 years and provide a short written summary (summative) for parents/carers. Practitioners within the Tudor House Montessori Group will be given training and support in carrying these out progress checks effectively.  Arrangements will be made with parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress to take
their views into account when completing the progress check.

Welfare and safeguarding requirements

The welfare and safeguarding requirements of the EYFS set out what the Tudor House Montessori Group policies and procedures must do to:-

 ~ safeguard children

 ~ ensure the suitability of adults who have contact with the children

 ~ promote good health

 ~ manage behaviour

 ~ maintain required documentation to comply with registration

Copies of our key policies are included in all new children’s welcome packs, a policy of the week is displayed on parents
noticeboards and parents are welcome to read their settings policy folder at any time.

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