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Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”  Maria Montessori



We offer a very nurturing and caring environment brimming with creativity and learning! Our Nursery embraces the Montessori method of education together with Forest School education and the government’s Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

We have been extremely fortunate to have developed some wasteland into a forest which runs alongside the Nursery with funding from the council. It means that from September we will be able to run Forest School sessions from here, for the Nursery and local primary Schools.  Please see our Forest School page for more details.

Our sessions run from 9.15am to 12.15pm with the possibility of staying for an additional lunch session until 1.30pm.

We also offer extended days until 3pm, Monday to Thursday.

All three and four year olds who attend our setting will receive the government's early years grant, this will be deducted from your fees.

We also welcome two year old children who are eligible for the government's two year old funding scheme into our setting, according to availability of a place. 

Welcome to the Ark Montessori and Forest School 

“The secret to good learning is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.”  Maria Montessori


The layout of our Nursery encourages children to select activities independently without relying on the teachers to help them.  This enables them to develop their self esteem, promoting their overall personal, social and emotional development.  The children thereby gain the confidence to explore their environment and develop the skills necessary to try the many different activities available to them.

Children are able to move freely between the inside classroom and outside to our garden. We operate a key teacher system with all of the teachers observing and helping all of the children.  We follow the individual child’s interests and help to extend their learning through our observations. The children will be able to access water and fresh fruit or vegetables from our snack area within the classroom.

On warm, sunny days we will provide fruits such as watermelons and strawberries or they can juice their own oranges.
On those cold, wintry days we will provide a warming hot chocolate or herbal tea and a savoury biscuit or two!

At the end of each morning we encourage the children to help tidy up, followed by a music and movement session and then circle time.

Circle time provides a good opportunity to support their social skills; how to walk carefully around the classroom, how to greet people, taking turns and sharing and many other ground rules to help them feel safe and secure.  We also do group presentations, show and tell, and the special sun birthday walk if it’s someone’s birthday. We finish with some quiet reflective time using a candle as a focal point and singing which includes the goodbye song.




Twice a week we have our very own artist, Mary, who does lots of fun and creative Art projects with the children, such as murals and large paint and sculpture work. 



Natalie is our specialist Yoga teacher who visits us on a Thursday to give the children a fun approach to using and developing their body movements.  The children will explore a variety of yoga poses as well as quiet meditation.



Sheelagh is our Drama teacher who comes to us on a Friday and provides an engaging, stimulating class to develop the children’s imagination.  She is also a fantastic support with our little Christmas and Summer shows.



We have daily music and movement sessions to develop rhythm, imagination and listening skills together with singing and music at the end of every circle time.



We have a weekly cooking session, where the children have a hands-on experience preparing different recipes which they can take home that morning.  When we harvest the fruit and vegetables from our new vegetable patch we will use them to cook with also!  Sometimes we will make our own bread and prepare food to help celebrate different festivals.


“Our aim is to provide children with a warm and happy environment, providing optimum conditions for the natural development of children emotionally, socially and intellectually.  It is important to allow children freedom within their environment, so as to add to their spontaneous and natural development. We encourage children to be themselves, to respect others and all that is around them.  Through stimulating their curiosity and helping them to discover the answer to their own questions, children are motivated to learn.  We hope that by working in partnership with parents we will provide the children with a foundation for future discovery.”

Vivien Gordon MA BA (hons) Mont dip - Founder of The Ark Montessori



Autumn Term 2019

Wednesday 4th September - Thursday 12th December

Half Term Monday 21st October - Friday 25th October (inclusive)

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January 8th - April 5th 2019

WHalf Term 18th February - 22nd February (Inclusive)

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24th April - 11th July 2019

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 May Bank Holiday 6th May (closed)

 Summer Show & Fayre Thursday 11th July (Last day of term)

 Picnic at Chiswick House, Friday 12th July @ 10am



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