Twinkle Stars Montessori Nursery
Christina Bratsioti and Nooshin Cyrus studied together at the Montessori Centre International (MCI) London. They became good friends and decided to set up an exciting new business venture. Twinkle Stars Montessori was originally set up back in 2013 and was in operation for three years. The nursery has now been taken over by Christina and Nooshin and will be in operation from May 2016.
Both Christina and Nooshin are fully qualified Montessori teachers and practitioners and they have a vast amount of experience working with young children. They both qualified with merits and are now the proud owners, managers and teachers of Twinkle Stars Montessori Nursery.
Christina and Nooshin are passionate about the Montessori methodology and are keen to make sure Twinkle Stars adopts the full Montessori practice and principles.
Twinkle Stars Montessori Nursery is aiming 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 aim to 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!
MRS. NOOSHIN CYRUS BSc, MA, MBA, Dipl.
Nooshin has worked with children for many years but formally in Montessori settings since 2011. She has over 27 years of work experience in various industries and discipline and in her previous full time role she was the head of Human Recourses, Training and Recruitment.
Nooshin is a professional who is passionate about children’s education and welfare. Nooshin has attained numerous university qualifications in chemical engineering, advanced management techniques, training, human resources, organisational management and early years in education.
Nooshin has three boys and enjoys languages, arts and craft, having fun with the children, cooking, dancing (salsa), reading and keeping fit.
Nooshin is fluent in Farsi and is currently learning Spanish.
When Nooshin reads to the children, the whole room becomes quiet……Nooshin is a great story teller and she has a natural way of connecting with the children and adults, alike!
MS. CHRISTINA BRATSIOTI Dipl.
Christina has worked with children for many years but formally in a Montessori settings since 2011. She grew up in Brazil where she finished high school and attended a business administration course at College. She was also at University studying journalism when she moved to Greece in 2004. In Greece she attended the Aristotles University of Thessaloniki where she studied Modern Greek language. In 2012 she gained her International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy and chose a career in childcare and teaching. Christina loves working with children and she is passionate about childcare, education and welfare. Being a mother of an 8 years old, she has experience in best care for children of various age group.
Christina has dual nationalities and speaks fluent Portuguese, Greek and English and has a basic knowledge of Spanish and Italian.
Christina builds an immediate rapport with the children and they connect with her instantaneously!
Christina likes arts and crafts, reading, keeping fit, dogs and Greek music.
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.