Dear Parents and Visitors,

 

 

Please allow me to tell you how we came to launch Barcelona Montessori School and a short history of our project so far in order to present a fuller picture of the school we wish to create. 

Barcelona Montessori School is the continuity of Nido Montessori Barcelona, a Montessori Center in Barcelona for children aged 0 – 6. Therefore, I think I should begin by addressing the reasons I opened Nido in the first place.

Nido is the result of my passion for the Montessori Pedagogy and the necessity for a nursery for my daughter. When my first daughter was born in 2015, there were no other Montessori Nurseries in Barcelona. At the time I was also looking for employment as an Early Years Educator, having completed my training as a Tecnico Superior de Educacion Infantil. Having visited a number of other options, including public, private and those specialising in alternative pedagogies, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to develop one. English is my partner’s native language and the one which we use at home, and my daughter’s mother tongue. Therefore it seemed logical that any nursery should incorporate English, along with the local languages of Spanish and Catalan. The nursery finally opened its doors at the end of 2015, when we started as a very small project with only 8 children. 

Nido’s popularity grew and quickly exceeded expectations. At the end of the last academic year, July 2019 we had over 40 children and, for the first time, had to say goodbye to a “graduating class” who left us to attend different primary schools across Barcelona. A number of families who left us did so with the hope that this September 2020 they would be able to join us again. Together with a number of the current and former parents who have loaned or invested the necessary funds, we hope to make this happen. 

When I started Nido, I did so as a man on a mission. It was a risky project but I dedicated my time and energy to it, and it paid off and I have learnt a lot on the way. For Barcelona Montessori School I have teamed up with my partner, Abigail Hatto who is a qualified teacher with 11 years experience, to make sure we exceed all the requirements for opening and running a British School. We aim to create a school where children meet and exceed the standards set by the English National Curriculum, yet with constant regard for the Montessori philosophy, in terms of independence, respect and a life-long love of learning.

We are fully aware that this time round the project will be more demanding. Yet we know that we will not be alone and we are in the process of putting together a great team which will be the key to success at this school. Our project is one of innovation, and we aim to develop a school which encourages children to explore all areas of their learning. 

We are teaming up with Montessori Football, developed by Ruben Jongkind, in order to promote some of the life skills which team games can offer to young children. We also have our current center accredited with Montessori Center International and the St. Nicholas Foundation, in order to provide placement for their CACHE accredited training programme. We aim to do the same in our new center and develop this relationship even further. Similarly, we have an agreement with the University of Vic in order to accept AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) masters students for 0 – 6 in our current center. We have always strived to reach the high standards of nurseries in the Britain and many of our current policies are based on the recommendations of the NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association). 

The school aims to empower children to maximise this potential by encouraging them to actively engage with their education and development; to celebrate and value their differences and aspire to be and do their best at all times. It endeavours to stimulate children’s spiritual and moral growth through a holistic education within which the curriculum plays a significant role in helping us to achieve our aims.

 

Yours faithfully,

Timothée Ducrocq, Director of Administration

Dear Parents and Visitors,

 

 

Please allow me to tell you how we came to launch Barcelona Montessori School and a short history of our project so far in order to present a fuller picture of the school we wish to create. 

Barcelona Montessori School is the continuity of Nido Montessori Barcelona, a Montessori Center in Barcelona for children aged 0 – 6. Therefore, I think I should begin by addressing the reasons I opened Nido in the first place.

Nido is the result of my passion for the Montessori Pedagogy and the necessity for a nursery for my daughter. When my first daughter was born in 2015, there were no other Montessori Nurseries in Barcelona. At the time I was also looking for employment as an Early Years Educator, having completed my training as a Tecnico Superior de Educacion Infantil. Having visited a number of other options, including public, private and those specialising in alternative pedagogies, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to develop one. English is my partner’s native language and the one which we use at home, and my daughter’s mother tongue. Therefore it seemed logical that any nursery should incorporate English, along with the local languages of Spanish and Catalan. The nursery finally opened its doors at the end of 2015, when we started as a very small project with only 8 children. 

Nido’s popularity grew and quickly exceeded expectations. At the end of the last academic year, July 2019 we had over 40 children and, for the first time, had to say goodbye to a “graduating class” who left us to attend different primary schools across Barcelona. A number of families who left us did so with the hope that this September 2020 they would be able to join us again. Together with a number of the current and former parents who have loaned or invested the necessary funds, we hope to make this happen. 

When I started Nido, I did so as a man on a mission. It was a risky project but I dedicated my time and energy to it, and it paid off and I have learnt a lot on the way. For Barcelona Montessori School I have teamed up with my partner, Abigail Hatto who is a qualified teacher with 11 years experience, to make sure we exceed all the requirements for opening and running a British School. We aim to create a school where children meet and exceed the standards set by the English National Curriculum, yet with constant regard for the Montessori philosophy, in terms of independence, respect and a life-long love of learning.

We are fully aware that this time round the project will be more demanding. Yet we know that we will not be alone and we are in the process of putting together a great team which will be the key to success at this school. Our project is one of innovation, and we aim to develop a school which encourages children to explore all areas of their learning. 

We are teaming up with Montessori Football, developed by Ruben Jongkind, in order to promote some of the life skills which team games can offer to young children. We also have our current center accredited with Montessori Center International and the St. Nicholas Foundation, in order to provide placement for their CACHE accredited training programme. We aim to do the same in our new center and develop this relationship even further. Similarly, we have an agreement with the University of Vic in order to accept AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) masters students for 0 – 6 in our current center. We have always strived to reach the high standards of nurseries in the Britain and many of our current policies are based on the recommendations of the NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association). 

The school aims to empower children to maximise this potential by encouraging them to actively engage with their education and development; to celebrate and value their differences and aspire to be and do their best at all times. It endeavours to stimulate children’s spiritual and moral growth through a holistic education within which the curriculum plays a significant role in helping us to achieve our aims.

 

Yours faithfully,

Timothée Ducrocq, Director of Administration

Opening September 2020

 

“The child’s progress depends not only on his age, but also on his freedom to look around.”

Maria Montessori

Our school is designed to encourage children to explore the universe. This starts in the early years of life and continues the child progresses through school. As children grow older, they look further afield to find answers to their questions. We want to reap the natural curiosity of children, to create lifelong learners whose natural interest in the world drives them to seek the best from life.

In the early years, this begins by exploring new relationships outside the home. In our Infant Community we focus on developing close relationships with the adults who care for us and with our new friends. This plants the seeds of social development. The Infant Community environment encourages children to explore language, practical life skills and hand-eye coordination. Independence is key and for this reason, a calm and peaceful environment gives children time to develop these skills at their own pace.

As children grow up and enter the Children’s House, sensory exploration becomes more important. Language helps socialisation and a new interest in communication and measurement is nurtured by concrete materials that help scaffold the understanding of more abstract concepts. Independence continues to be of the utmost importance and children are given the necessary tools to do things for themselves.

“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity which is derived from a sense of independence.”

Maria Montessori

In the Primary Classroom we work to develop a cosmic education. The children of our small society work to understand the wider world around them and become kind and respectful citizens of the world. Their interest takes them around the city, visiting places of interest and answering burning questions. Under the careful guidance of the main teacher, the objectives of the English National Curriculum are met in a way which respects the needs of the individual learner.

 

 

Opening September 2020

 

“The child’s progress depends not only on his age, but also on his freedom to look around.”

Maria Montessori

Our school is designed to encourage children to explore the universe. This starts in the early years of life and continues the child progresses through school. As children grow older, they look further afield to find answers to their questions. We want to reap the natural curiosity of children, to create lifelong learners whose natural interest in the world drives them to seek the best from life.

In the early years, this begins by exploring new relationships outside the home. In our Infant Community we focus on developing close relationships with the adults who care for us and with our new friends. This plants the seeds of social development. The Infant Community environment encourages children to explore language, practical life skills and hand-eye coordination. Independence is key and for this reason, a calm and peaceful environment gives children time to develop these skills at their own pace.

As children grow up and enter the Children’s House, sensory exploration becomes more important. Language helps socialisation and a new interest in communication and measurement is nurtured by concrete materials that help scaffold the understanding of more abstract concepts. Independence continues to be of the utmost importance and children are given the necessary tools to do things for themselves.

“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity which is derived from a sense of independence.”

Maria Montessori

In the Primary Classroom we work to develop a cosmic education. The children of our small society work to understand the wider world around them and become kind and respectful citizens of the world. Their interest takes them around the city, visiting places of interest and answering burning questions. Under the careful guidance of the main teacher, the objectives of the English National Curriculum are met in a way which respects the needs of the individual learner.

 

 
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