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.