Montessori and EYFS
The preschool program is based on the Montessori curriculum which encompasses and delivers the EYFS curriculum. Each learning area of the Montessori curriculum is supported by it’s own specialised space in the preschool. Together these spaces make the Montessori prepared environment that your child will use to satisfy their developmental needs.
Our aim at Rushmore House Montessori Preschool is to create an optimum Montessori environment to enable each child to realise their potential and to become an independent, self-motivating, informed, and compassionate member of the world community. We aspire towards excellence in the education and inner wellbeing of each child. We accomplish this by giving your child a loving, nurturing and stimulating environment. We instill in your child a passion for learning.
The minimum number of sessions your child may attend is three.
It is important your child attends regularly. If your child is ill and unable to attend the preschool let us know by phoning the office. The telephone number is in the bottom section of every page on this website.
Your child will be assigned a Key Worker who will be primarily responsible for your child's wellbeing and development.
We will keep you informed by regular newsletters which are emailed to all parents, notices on our noticeboard and website. We encourage you to communicate any concerns in the first instance with your child’s Key Worker. If necessary they can make an appointment for you to talk to the preschool manager.
Partnership with parents is how we keep in touch with parents to share knowledge and experiences. At the preschool parents have the opportunity to talk to teachers when they collect and drop off their children. The preschool notice board has a printed copy of the planned activities for the week. This is also available from the preschool's website. At least one event is held each term to give parents an opportunity to talk to their child's key worker and the preschool Manager.
Parents can track their child's progress via the My Montessori Child Parent's Website. Parents can view observations of their child's activities. This is usually a photo with a text description. Parents can see a summary chart that highlights the three main areas of the curriculum their child is active in. They can send messages to the preschool. The presence of a message is flagged up on the registration page. The website also gives parent's advice on how they can support their child's development at home.
At Rushmore House and Orpington Montessori preschool we use the "My Montessori Child" information system to manage our record keeping and next steps planning. iPads are used to access the secure web based system in the classroom.
Children enter themselves in the preschool register by selecting their photograph on the iPad as they enter the preschool.
Teachers use My Montessori Child to enter observations of the children, both photographs and written descriptions. These observations are the activities and achievements of the children. They act as both a record of what the children are achieving and are used to plan the next steps. This is much faster than making paper records so teachers can spend more time focused on the needs of the children.
Managers use My Montessori Child to see an overview of progress in the preschool and to focus on groups of children at the same level. Managers can check that next steps plans for each child in each area of development are being made and achieved.
You can use the My Montessori Child parent's secure website to view your child's recent achievements and see tips on how you can help your child at home.
We need to be able to get in touch with you quickly. That is why it is important to keep your contact details up to date. Use this form to update the contact details for parents and people you have authorised to collect your children. We aim to send you an acknowledgement within 24 hours during term time. During the school breaks we may take longer because of our own family commitments and holidays.
If you are not contacted please text or phone the preschool on 07957 324314.