Twinkle Stars Montessori Nursery
Twinkle Stars Montessori Nursery purpose is to create a fun, caring, educational, safe and calm environment for children to enjoy and for parents to boast about! We love to see our children in the nursery having fun and learning at the same time. Every child is inquisitive and excited about its environment.
Twinkle Stars aims to promote this and to help the child in gaining confidence, motivation and self-discipline by using the Montessori apparatus and instruments.
We support every child that walks into our nursery and special care and attention is given to each and every child from the outset. At Twinkle Stars we understand that every child is unique and they have their own characteristics; as conscientious teachers, we focus to work with these qualities and characteristics and thus, promote confidence and learning in each child.
The environment we have created promotes fun and learning at the same time. Children are allowed to explore and be creative, dress up, role play in the home corner, paint, have snacks when they want, play in the garden and use all the facilities in the nursery – after all, the nursery does belong to them.
At Twinkle Stars, we aim to assist the parents to raise well-balanced, independent and happy children!
WHO IS MARIA MONTESSORI, AND WHY MONTESSORI?
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) was the first woman in Italy to become a physician. Her interest in the development of the child later led her to become a world renowned Educator and Psychologist whose research and experimentation in early childhood development still leads the field today.
Maria Montessori was a true pioneer of child-centred education and her philosophy is being used around the world and is a well-respected method and practice. The philosophy promotes following the child and extensive observations are carried out so that the teacher has a better understanding of what the needs of the child are and how he or she could be supported and encouraged to become self-sufficient and independent.
Montessori saw that children learn best by doing and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.
In a Montessori setting, mixed age group is necessary because it encourages the younger children to learn from the older children and the older children refine their fine and gross motor skills. Children learn well when they are “doing” and by repeating an activity over and over, they gain more confidence and find solutions to problems. This promotes a healthy future for the child which, allows them to become independent children – Montessori states “help me to help myself”, an adult only intervenes when the child asks for help or when the teacher realises the child needs further support and encouragement.
The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child's early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn.
Materials are designed to develop the child’s skills via awakening their sensorial skills. Materials help them to find solutions and strategies, building a high level of confidence and self-esteem.