"I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I experience, I understand." - Maria Montessori
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” The Hout Bay Montessori nursery is a home away from home, with a nurturing approach to both the children and parent – ours often being the first school experience for both! This is where the all-important triangle begins: the relationship between parent, child and school – a relationship we both honor and prioritise.
We currently have one nursery class, catering to children from 18 months to 3 years of age. The focus in the class is to ensure the child's first school experience is a happy, nurturing and safe one. Learning development of gross and fine motor skills, toilet training and socialising as part of a little community made up of the nursery curriculum. Our teacher-child ratio is no larger than 6:1, so adequate time and attention can be given to each child. Toilet-training happens (in close collaboration with parents) at this phase. Through all phases at the school, but nursery in particular, we are constantly remembering to foster independence by helping them to do it themselves!
Our Daily Lunches
The children at Hout Bay Montessori look so forward to their lunchtime meal, which is prepared with care by our kitchen staff. Lunches are enjoyed in each class in a homely way, as a family, with the children dishing up and washing their dishes afterwards. They love the home cooked warm dishes and are delighted by the ‘rainbow foods’ (fruit and vegetables) that accompany each meal. We only use free range meats, chicken and eggs, and organic ingredients as far as possible. We do cater for special dietary needs. The cost of each lunch is R25.