St Edmund's Montessori

What is Montessori ?

Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori

Montessori is the name of a unique approach to education for young children and is recognised throughout the world for promoting happy, self-motivated and contented children. The value of Montessori education has been recognised in the UK for over a hundred years.

There are over 22,000 Montessori schools globally and around 700 in the UK.

Maria Montessori was one of the most important pioneers of early years education of the 20th century. Through her work as a Doctor in Italy she established schools for disadvantaged children in Rome, and gradually as she travelled around the world during the Second World War, her ideas took root in many countries.

Montessori tools

The success of the Montessori system lies in its unique child-centred approach, as it enables children to follow their natural path of development, at their own pace. It offers children specially designed resources to help them achieve their full potential. Montessori provides a sound basis for developing concentration, independence and  fine motor movement, as well as learning in literacy and numeracy.