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Learning for Life

The nurturing environment maintained by our confident team of teachers provides the perfect conditions for children to explore, discover, and become happy confident learners. Our methods have proved successful time and again, with our children achieving both academic success and high degrees of responsibility and self confidence.

Playing in leaves

Leaves and Fun

Sand tracing

Tracing letter shapes in a sand box

Front garden

Vegetables and flowers

Sandpaper letters

Sandpaper letters

Puzzle map

Working with the puzzle maps

Student in library

Sense of Community

Continuing the practical life learning, the children learn to take responsibility for themselves and others. They take an active role in maintaining the classroom and put materials away in the proper place, ready for the next child.

working with sandpaper letters


We expect children to do as much as they can for themselves. From sorting out their own snack to changing their shoes and putting on a coat. Also they exercise choice over what work to do from a set of good options.

working with a button frame


In the multi-age setting, the children learn from each other, and they learn because of each other. Younger children get a chance to look ahead and see what is coming while older children can reinforce their knowledge by sharing with the younger ones.

World map

Learn about the World

The children are able to garden, collect and identify leaves, even find geometric shapes in the shadows. The school has a number of different outdoor areas that are integrated into the classroom.

Age range

Our Children's House caters for children from three to five years old. The children follow a full Montessori curriculum, continuing the holistic child centred approach begun in our Toddler Community.


Children are guided through a wide range of activities, beginning with lots of hands on learning, and moving at their own pace towards abstract ideas and concepts.

Come for a visit

The best way to demonstrate this is to show you, and we would love for you to make an appointment to visit our School. Contact the School Office

Students at a computer


We try to offer the flexibility parents need whilst balancing this with the stability that most benefits the children. To this end we offer the following start and end times:

  • earliest drop off: 08:00,
  • latest pick up: 18:00


The fees are competitive with other private schools and nurseries in Derby and the surrounding area. You are not paying a premium for the Montessori approach. Illustrations of the fees are provided in our Prospectus in the Admissions area.


Government funding for 3 and 4 year olds is available. Currently this covers 15 hours a week for 39 weeks. There are some critcal dates - contact the School Office if you require help in this area.