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.
Nido Montessori was created by Timothée Ducrocq in order to give his daughter the kind of education he wanted her to have. Barcelona Montessori School was created thanks to a collaboration between many families who attend Nido. Without them, none of this would have been possible. Some of our families have invested in the project financially, loaning money or buying shares in order to allow us to rent the property and develop the grounds or classrooms so that they become our own unique learning environments. Other parents have offered us their time and professional knowledge so that we can successfully set up legal and financial aspects of the project. Others have simply made the sacrifice of spending more than they would have hoped on their child’s education. Last, but by no means least, all the parents from Nido who have offered their support and patience throughout this journey, from dream to fruition, in order to offer our children a new and exciting future.