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Dear Friend,

A big thank you to Molly Easton from Bardfield Montessori Day Nursery who joined us last night for our webinar which explored how one might work with practitioners who are not Montessori trained. Molly is mainstream trained but started a Montessori daycare, employing non-Montessori teachers with whom she is working to deliver a Montessori experience for the children attending.

In her work Creative Development in the Child (2020), Montessori says that "If we wish to become successful teachers in this new educational method, we must reconsider our task, and personality as teachers... The main task is not to learn the method but to open a new and better way of life for the child" (p. 250). We are sure that those of you who joined us last night will agree that Molly epitomises this view. 

Molly openly shared her experience of setting up a new Montessori Day Nursery during the epidemic. She set out clearly how, when taking on new team members, ensuring that their attitude is at one with the ethos and values of her practice are the most important deciding factor. For Molly, it is not the method, but the spirit, that is most important when taking on new members of staff.

If you were not able to join the webinar last night, do watch the recording as Molly's enthusiasm is infectious and her approach most respectful of the Montessori philosophy. And Molly's approach clearly works as we were delighted to hear that Bardfield was recently rated "outstanding" by Ofsted and the report can be read here.

Do join us next week Wednesday 25 May at 18.00 (BST) / 19.00 (CEST) over at Montessori Europe, when we explore engaging parents through the three planes of development.

With our warmest wishes,

Additional Resources


Coaching Course - Montessori Society - January 2023 (contact Montessori Society directly for details)
EYE Diploma, Levels 3 & 4, in Montessori Pedagogy - Birth to Seven - Westwood Training and Consultancy
Teacher Training - various levels - Maria Montessori Institute
Training and Consultancy - Collaborative Montessori


Nurturing the Spirit, Aline D. Wolf
The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
The Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori
The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori Speaks to Parents, Maria Montessori
Readings for Reflective Teaching in Early Education, Ed. by Jennifer Colwell and Andrew Pollard
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