Parent & Toddler / Pre-School & Parent Curriculum

Each curriculum area of the Parent & Toddler classroom emphasises specific skills, but there is dynamic interplay among these to enhance the child’s natural learning process.  Depending on the session, apparatus are designed to meet the developmental needs of each particular age group and cover the full curriculum including practical life excercises, sensorial materials, pre-language & maths, cultural interest and creative play.

Each session will follow the same format so as to capitalise on the importance of repetition to build confidence and independence.

Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon

E.M. Forster

The Main Curriculum Areas

  • Physical/motor development
  • Social/emotional development
  • Practical/self-help skills
  • Sensory/perceptual development

  • Language development

  • The arts

    Within these curriculum areas, all activities and materials are set out to ensure that children can use them with the minimum of adult assistance, and parents are encouraged to allow their child to complete and repeat tasks without interruption or interference. In this way children build up their confidence and concentration span. These, and other Montessori principles, are shared and modelled throughout the sessions to provide parents with hands-on experience of the practical application of the Montessori philosophy of education.

    The classroom predominently features Practical Life materials combined with “pre-Montessori” equipment typically used with this age group in non-Montessori settings (eg. puzzles, stringing beads etc.). Cultural lessons are generally included in the language part of the classroom; this would include learning about the weather, the calendar and the names of objects in the classroom and living organisms in nature.

General Equipment:

  • Long, low shelves
  • Small table and chairs
  • Table mats (placemats) and small rugs
  • Age-appropriate books, musical instruments, and art supplies

Practical Life:

  • Control of Movement
  • a. Pouring, Scooping, & Spooning work
  • b. Transferring work (both for whole hand and fingers)
  • c. Sorting (colors, shapes, sizes)
  • d. Stringing Beads & Lacing Cards

Care of Self:

  • Dressing Frames
  • a. Folding (napkin, washcloth)
  • b. Scrubbing and Washing

Care of Environment:

  • a. Sweeping and Mopping
  • b. Polishing
  • c. Dusting


  • Pink Tower
  • Broad Stair
  • Small Cylinder Block Sets
  • Color Tablets Box 1
  • Grading and Seriating Apparatus


  • Wooden Puzzles of all kinds
  • Matching Work (picture/picture, object/picture, etc)
  • Picture Sequencing
  • Sandpaper Letters
  • Classification Materials


  • Sandpaper Numerals
  • Stacking and Nesting Cubes
  • Number blocks and puzzles
  • Sorting and Counting Materials
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01344 890869

Malt Hill, Warfield, Berkshire, RG42 6JQ



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