Welcome to Nido Montessori
Nido is the Italian word for ‘nest’.
Our ‘Nest’ at Nido Montessori is a beautiful, nurturing, flexible and affordable Montessori childcare setting for children of mixed ages.
What is Montessori?
It’s a way of learning, designed by Dr. Maria Montessori, whose key principles were that learning should be based around independence, observation, following the child’s lead, and preparing the environment for an absorbent mind.
Nido prides itself on having lots of self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play, and the children absolutely love spending time here, often asking if they can sleepover!
When children are given the freedom to move around their environment and choose their own work, it really makes them feel independent and this is where their love of learning can begin.
The children at Nido enjoy unlimited access to a secure garden, filled with lots of activities and things to learn about, plus they also have daily visits to the local parks.
Our Team at Nido
They say ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ and never has it been more true than it is here.
We have an excellent team at Nido’s; the founder, Dionne, has a First Class Distinction in Montessori teaching, plus, a level 3 in Early Years, and is about to embark on a Child Psychology course. She is always coming up with ways to expand the children’s learning and experience.
Witnessing the positive influence that a Montessori education had on her own child, and others that she has taught throughout her career, made Dionne even more determined to help other children and their families to benefit from it, without them having to pay out more than they can afford.
This is her ‘why’ for starting Nido Montessori and fulfilling her dream of making it affordable and accessible to all families.
Kelly started working at Nido in July 2017, and is highly apt to manage not only the setting but also the children’s learning and development goals. She always has a big smile on her face to greet the children with!
She has lots of experience with children, having worked in childcare since 2009. She is fun, friendly, and enjoys learning new things.
She has a great knowledge of the Early Years Framework (EYFS) and loves getting to know the children and their families.
Kelly’s role at Nido is to help each child reach their full potential by monitoring their Learning and Development goals, liaising with their families, and assist with the overall management of Nido.
Sophie started working at Nido in February 2017, she has achieved Early Years Teaching status and is our SENCO co-ordinator. She is passionate about children’s development and will call the parents regularly to tell them how their little one is getting on. Her youngest daughter attended for a year which she feels gave her a great opportunity to build her self-confidence and independence before joining primary school.
She loves being a part of the Nido’s team, and learning something new from the children and staff every day.
Ben started working at Nido in February 2020. He is doing the Teaching Degree at Sussex University, and loves working with children. He knows how to have fun in between all of that learning, and the children have warmed to him instantly. He grew up in and around childcare as both of Ben’s parents worked for a charity that provided the local community with after-school clubs, homework clubs, summer play schemes and so much more. He went from attending these clubs, workshops, and activities to working at them as a young adult. Working at Nido has inspired Ben to switch from Medicine to a Primary and Early Years course at the University of Sussex.
Dionne’s husband Benj is an FA-qualified football coach and sorts out the PE activities and After School club exercise. You’ll often see him out walking the dog and he always has time to stop for a friendly hello. Benj is regularly spotted helping out at Nido. He is very good at making delicious lunches and snacks, cleaning up, doing After School Club pick-ups, and washing slippers! He is also here to look after quite a bit of the boring admin and IT stuff (wonderfully!) and is called upon to cover if a member of the Nido’s Team is poorly or on annual leave.
Experience and knowledge are crucial when working with children to help them to reach their full potential, and Nidos has that in abundance, along with a unique way of working around the children and encouraging them to help one another.
We also believe in looking after our bodies; we plan our monthly menus to include delicious, home-cooked, plant-based food, which is assessed by a local nutritionist and keeps us all feeling fit and healthy.
All of the children love the meals at Nido, and we always oblige requests for seconds!
Your child’s education
Nido uses one of the world’s most advanced early-education systems specifically tailored to Montessori settings – My Montessori Child. Parent’s often report that they love to receive the email updates and pictures, sent to them when an observation is made, it gives you a little bit of insight into their day, and something to talk about when the children are collected.
The MMC system records observations and intelligently turns them into learning insights, next-step ideas, teaching plans, and statutory reports.
Parents can view their child’s profile and learning progress at any time, and you will also be contacted regularly about your child’s development, and given the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
Environment is key
The environment, at Nido, has been carefully prepared for each child to feel safe and comfortable, enabling them to reach their full potential.
Each child is accorded the same respect, dignity, trust, and patience as an adult. This does wonders for their mental health and self-esteem.
Mixed-aged groups work really well together in a Montessori environment.
- Hatchlings (the youngest children) are gently introduced to the Montessori materials. They are also introduced to the other children and the adults until they feel secure, confident, and safe in the community. They then move onto the next stage, Nestlings.
- Nestlings children are enjoying the freedom of the spontaneous, joyful, and purposeful environment. They then become Fledglings.
- Fledglings (the eldest children) inspire, guide, and protect the younger ones.
This is explained in more detail in the Your Child section on the
My Montessori Child website.