Entrance: Children may start at the nursery when they are 3 years old, depending on their physical and social readiness.
Application: Come and visit the school and, if you like what you see, then please go to the page HOW TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD. Demand for places can be high, so early visits are recommended.
Our Morning Sessions: The school morning runs from 8.30am to 1.30pm. While parents may wish initially to come for 3 days a week while their child settles in, we ask all parents to commit to 4 or 5 days a week. This provides the consistency and continuity on which children thrive, and enables them to become a full part of the Montessori community.
As can be seen in the other pages of this website, the Montessori Children’s House offers children a well-established, rounded method for learning and growing. Our morning session includes the important three hour work-cycle, which itself includes exercises of practical life, sensorial learning, mathematics, language and literacy, cultural subjects and the expressive arts (drawing, painting and music). Alongside the three hour work-cycle, there are related activities such as garden time, Spanish, yoga, baking, outings to the woods, circle-time discussions and lunch with all the social learning that goes with it. All together, it’s a full development programme, with each part supporting the other.
Our Afternoon Sessions: We currently offer afternoon sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays. These run from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Financial arrangements: Fife Council provides funding for our morning session but, by itself, this is not enough to pay for the provision of all those things which allow the Montessori nursery to rise above the routine. Besides the activities mentioned above, these include our beautiful and unique setting, our highly qualified staff, our Montessori didactic materials and the upkeep of our medieval walled garden. For this, we ask for a contribution of £60 per week.
Please note: children become eligible for Fife funding only from the term after they turn three. Details are available from the school.