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A Home from Home

Mrs Marvill and her team will welcome your child to the Toddler Community and the School. This first step on the journey to independence can be difficult. To make it an easy small step so we have created a safe and homely environment to help your child embrace the opportunity and settle quickly.


The classroom

Playing with the farm

Playing with the farm

Washing hands

Washing my hands


Rolling down a slope

Student in library

Montessori equipped

There are a wide selection of activities to ensure that your child remains engaged and develops at an individual rate. We introduce Montessori materials and equipment, for example, the pink tower; dressing frames and cylinder blocks.

Student in front of blackboard

Physical development

Numerous activities provide opportunities to acquire the fine motor skills require for pen control and ultimately writing. Whilst others focus on developing coordination and balance are crucial for a healthy active life and for having fun.

Students at a computer

Music and Culture

Music and art are forms of self-expression and allow for ongoing exploration including the enrichment of vocabulary. The materials for art and music are integrated into the prepared environment as part of the day-to-day activities.

World map

Practical Life

We focus on Grace & Courtesy (being nice to each other) ; Care of Self (buttoning, zipping, combing, etc); and Care of the Environment/Classroom (cleaning, sweeping, gardening, etc). With support the youngest child can demonstrate a degree of self-reliance.

Age range

The Toddler Community caters for the youngest children at Derby Montessori School, accommodating children from 12 months to three years old. We believe that every opportunity and every interaction your child has is a learning experience.

Our mission

It is our mission to help your child to make the most of these experiences. In our holistic environment your child will weave different strands of learning together in order to become a complete and totally unique person.

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 Toddler Community. 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 day 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 2-year olds is available subject to your financial circumstances. If you qualify, the current regime is that funding entitles your child to 15 hours per week for 39 weeks. There are some critical dates - contact the School Office if you require help in this area.