Montessori Method

Maria MontessoriDr Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

Dr. Maria Montessori was the first female doctor in Italy. She became associated with children with general learning difficulties and it was her work with these children that inspired her to work in education.

In her early thirties she set up her Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House) in a deprived area of Rome and began the pioneering work for which she became so well known.

Through her observation, her scientific background, and her knowledge gained from working with children with special needs, she gradually evolved what we know as the Montessori approach to education and life.

Montessori identified that the child between 2½ and 6 years seemed to have a different type of mind to that of children thereafter. Their minds seemed capable of absorbing the complexities of life without effort, and of learning language with little conscious effort or application. In short, the mind of the young child was capable of doing what would take most of us from 6-60 to acquire consciously.

The principles of the Maria Montessori’s groundbreaking method are so well respected, they have been adopted by Early Years practitioners the world over, and here in the UK now form the basis of most EYFS approaches.


Useful links and information

International Montessori Society
The International Montessori Society (IMS) supports Montessori teaching as a scientific way of being committed to laws of nature with children.

Maria Montessori Institute
The only centre in the UK authorised by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) to run its training courses.
An excellent online resource to purchase all kinds of literature and other materials associated with the Montessori method.