At Busy Bee we follow the Montessori ethos of care of the self, care of each other and care of the environment. Our aim at Busy Bee Nursery School is to foster independence and self-esteem. It is hoped to free the child’s potential for self-development. We do this by creating a prepared environment, which allows children to explore the world through their various senses. Early sensorial experiences encourage children to become careful observers of their environment. They develop pride in themselves through success and the self-mastery that allows them to do things for themselves.
The task of the supervisor is to stimulate and arouse interest, thus leaving the child free to develop and unfold. In this carefully structured environment children are able to progress at their own rate.
The classroom is arranged on the premise of “a place for everything and everything in its place”, so that the child can rely on the security of knowing that everything has a place and will always be found there. Apparatus relevant to each stage in the child’s development can be found around the room, and each piece of apparatus serves a specific purpose. The apparatus is designed to be self-correcting thus encouraging the child to be in control of his/her own ultimate achievement. With this equipment the child’s natural curiosity is stimulated and they discover how to learn (and want to learn ) about: practical life, numeracy, language, their environment and the wider world.
We also offer an introduction to the first stages of phonic recognition and simple word building using the Montessori methods. There is also a place for jigsaws, construction toys, playdoh, painting, printing, cooking and general play.
The range of activities we offer directly link in with the Early Years Foundation Stage. In short, our aim is the development of the Holistic child and to prepare them for school.
We have been praised by many schools in the area for each childs preparation for the next big leap into mainstream school. Each individual child has good listening skills, is able to hold pencils and scissors correctly, can follow instructions, recognize colours, shapes, numbers and letters as well as recognize and write their own name.