ABOUT

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Fairfield Montessori School is situated in the residential area of Benedict Street in Glastonbury, Somerset. It is homed in two terraced houses, giving that homely feel that we strive for. Our large garden area has a variety of play equipment to encourage many different aspects of development. The children gain so much enjoyment from being able to explore and use our outdoor area and socialise with their peers and teachers. We use our outdoor area as much as possible, so spare clothes and wellies are a must!

We have four classes within Fairfield Montessori School which we have split according to the children’s ages.

The Kittens class is a large and airy room which spreads over the ground floor. The Kittens class is for children aged 3 months to 2 years. The Kittens class works closely alongside parents and any routine you have at home. In the Kittens we have a focus on communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. We work with you on getting your child comfortable and confident in separating from main carers along with encouraging socialisation with peers. You will be kept up to date with live updates which are put on the FAMLY app. These updates include sleeps, nappy changes, bottles etc.

As the children become more physically able we like to instil a little more structure for our rising two year olds whilst in the Kittens class. We work on concentration skills, foster a love of stories and singing. As well as promoting self-care and communication skills.

Physical development and communication are key areas we are working on in these rooms, as well as personal, social and emotional development. These will be focused on through a variety of apparatus, equipment and experiences on offer.

The Squirrel class is based upstairs, the Squirrels class is our 3-year-old room. These children will stay in the Squirrels class for a whole academic year (in their cohort group). The Squirrels children will be building on the foundations their have made in the Kittens and will be introducing more on self-care, topic work and circle time activities. Along with a focus on literacy and maths. The Squirrels class is where most of the potty training happens within the setting, but this is of course dependent on each individual child! We will work alongside parents in assisting with potty training. The Squirrels class works on preparing the children ready for the pre-school Owls class.

The Owls is our pre-school class, the children in this group will be in their cohort year, focusing on preparing the children for their upcoming move to primary school. The Owls teachers will be working on ensuring each child is as ready as they can be for primary school. Which includes recognising and reciting numbers, recognising their name, forming letters from their name, participating in phonics work, shapes, colours, emotions, sharing and taking turns. Promoting independence in self-care, dressing and problem solving. We do lots of transitionary work with our Owls children, so they are as ready as they can be for Primary School. It is important to us that each child leaves Fairfield Montessori School with confidence and a passion for learning and exploring.

The ground floor of the school houses the setting office, the Kittens classes, which are self contained and have nappy changing facilities, sensory.

The first floor consists of the Squirrels and Owls classes, two bathrooms and our soft play room.

We offer school snacks at 10am and 3pm each day. We offer a variety of healthy snacks for the children to enjoy.

A Typical Day

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We open from 8am, children can start arriving and go to their classroom to start some free play activities. From 9am the morning activities will start; the children have access to all the provisions available within the nursery. At 10am morning snack will be provided by Fairfield Montessori School, unless you wish to provide something yourselves from home. We strive for our snacks to be healthy and nutritious. After snack the mid-morning activities will start, which could also be a visit out in the community, garden play, music session, topic work. Lunch time is 12pm, where the children have their lunch boxes from home. From 1pm afternoon activities will start until afternoon snack at 3pm. Between 4pm and 5pm, the children enjoy winding down activities ready to be collected to go home. We then close at 5pm, whereby the children are collected from downstairs or the garden.

In the warmer months, we spend as much time outside as possible, taking activities or snacks outside to be enjoyed.

Children’s sleep routines are followed as much as possible.

We try to have lots of diversity in the activities available for the children to enjoy and engage with, it is important that the children here at Fairfield Montessori School are able to experience things that they might not have access to, such as emergency service visits for safety week, cultural weeks, sports day and much more.