At Busy Bumblebees Montessori, we plan daily activities that encompass the seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS, using Montessori philosophy and materials, not just indoors but venturing out on trips and outings.
Montessori believed that all children are intrinsically motivated to learn and absorb knowledge naturally and effortlessly, when they are provided with activities appropriate to their stage of development. My setting is based on a carefully planned learning environment which allows freedom of choice. It has child size equipment and furniture to encourage independence and self confidence and self esteem.
I encourage the older children to help the younger children, which helps to develop self-discipline, social skills and emotional awareness which is essential for their holistic growth and development.
You can typically expect weekly visits to:
- Local Parks and Play Grounds
- Busy Bumblebees Parent Toddler Drop In Sessions
- Coram Fields
- Soft play areas
- Ponds and local Nature Reserves
- Busy Bumblebees Forest Type activities for under 5’s at Collingham Gardens Nursery
- Museums and Galleries
- Local Children’s centre Drop In’s
- Weekly Dance Class
Every week, parents can check their child’s “Learning Journal” entry explaining the activities their child has been involved in for the week.
This contains information on outings, learning and progress in development for the week. The journal is evidence with photographs and sometimes a painting/picture from your little one.
Every week, you child’s progress is monitored and assessed towards the Early Learning Goals, in line with the requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Here you can see an example of the Learning Journey (Observation, Planning examples).
As you can see in the examples, the progress in learning has been identified and the next steps planned to ensure the child is always making outstanding progress and their interests are continually being found and explored.