Next to you, your child’s first teacher plays the strongest role in fostering an early and lasting love of learning. The teachers at Clarendon Montessori School are all qualified and are selected for their experience and expertise in teaching in the two sections. The teachers are supported by professional and administrative staff members and by abundant learning resources. Above all, our teachers are committed to quality education and are actively involved in educational/professional seminars to improve their skills and maintain high teaching standards.
The Montessori teacher is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the classroom. It is important to add new activities at appropriate times to support the children’s learning and interests. This is achieved through careful observation and planning. Each teacher is responsible for a group of 6 children – they are their key worker. This is the person who meets with the child’s parents during the settling-in process to explain how the school operates and her role. They plan for each child on an individual basis and keep records and observations so that they can help each child to progress and develop at its own pace. All of the teachers contribute towards planning group activities for all the children.
All our staff receive training in the Montessori approach to Early Years education and hold a recognised childcare qualification or are actively working towards one. All staff hold a current certificate in Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding Children (Child Protection), and selected members of staff hold Special Educational Needs qualifications. It is our school policy to encourage staff to continue their professional development by attending a variety of relevant courses provided by the Early Years and Child Care Service, Montessori Centre International and other reputable training providers.