Local Montessori playgroup
Join our peaceful and very welcoming playgroup.
Where: Sutton village hall, 20,High street, SG19 2NJ
When: every Monday 9.30 to 11am
Drop in £4/child, £1/sibling
Free for babies under 8 months. Tea, coffee and light snacks included.
Montessori family playgroups are an opportunity for children and their parents/caregivers to learn together in a Montessori prepared environment.
Parents and children interact alongside a Montessori trained guide who uses the environment to facilitate the interaction.
The prepared environment allows the child to have a wide range of social and physical experiences.
Within the environment, and with the support of his caregivers, the child will become more confident and independent.
In the “Montessori family” class, you will be presented to Montessori material and carefully chosen toys that allow your child to be an active and independent learner.
We will take time to observe your child, understand his/her needs and learn how to interact with him when he plays. The environment will nurture your child’s need of independence, his sensibility to order, movement and language.
Then, we will share a group activity such as an art activity, food preparation and tasting, messy play… The process is important, not the end result. We don’t do a piece of art, we enjoy a sensorial experience.
Finally, we end the group with songs, finger play and storytelling.
During the class, the parent will be a careful observer of his child.
We’ve been attending Montessori Family playgroup sessions for a while now, and what I love about it is that it is completely heuristic and child-led yet parents are very present too and can intervene when needed. The space is not imposing and crowded, so the toy/learning stations are in good rotation.
It is not too noisy either, which is conducive to learning during play. The toys are very well thought out, and we love exploring the everyday stuff that can be found at home as well. The weekly themes are very helpful to take away and recreate as well.
All round, a fantastic experience for a child to explore in relative peace at their own pace in their own way! Not being rushed into moving on to something else, and being reassured that sharing is not to be imposed upon them makes it even more peaceful, and it’s wonderful to have an instructor with a knowledge of child development reminding parents of these, so expectations are uniform.
Respect for the child is paramount, and it’s wonderful being in an environment where this is actively encouraged. A wonderful and different playgroup that is so focused on the child. Highly recommended!
Montessori Classes are more than a “Play and Learn” group in a tidy and relaxed atmosphere (which is a nice break from loud and chaotic toddlers’ common places).They give you practical tools to understand your child’ s development and needs, educational tips to learn through heuristic play and how to chose toys (budget saving!).It also provides information about implementing the Montessori principals at home and in your life style. Changing my home settings and the way I approach ‘play time’ had an immediat and positive impact on my child’s behaviour, and created more opportunities to share and bound with her rather than going through the daily household tasks with struggle.
Thank you Carine for sharing with us the Montessori legacy. Parent need this life changing knowledge.Julianne W.