Covid-19 Update 08.09.2020
Here at ‘team Montessori’ we have all been overwhelmed with delight to welcome children, including newcomers across all ages, back to school at last! It is wonderful to see and hear the buzz of the children getting on with everything again after such a long time.
As happened when we opened last term, the children are adapting really well to ‘some things being a bit different and some things being just the same’. Many activities will be outside and children can participate in garden maintenance, housework, fixing things, art, music, drama and groups about how we can help ourselves and each other.
Our team has been working out new ways to do some things. Interestingly, we keep finding that Montessori first principles, such as addressing each individual child’s actual needs, are even more relevant than ever!
Whilst we are still unable to accept visitors onto the school premises, we continue to welcome new families now and into the future by arranging zoom ‘Open Events’ where we will do our best to let you know what we do here.
Please see below for information from the Director of Public Health. To view this letter in full, please click here.
Reducing COVID-19 infection
Please continue to follow the Government guidance for households and minimise you and your child’s contact with other households.
Social distancing and excellent hygiene must always be maintained when visiting other households.
Staying overnight (including sleepovers) and indoor gatherings (including children’s parties) are not allowed for groups of more than two households.
Please talk to your child or young person about the importance of not gathering in groups of more than six outdoors and maintaining distancing. You can find more information here:
COVID-19 symptoms and what steps to take
Here’s some important information about COVID-19 symptoms:
Do not send your child to school if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 – or if someone in their household is showing symptoms.
Arrange a test if you or your child develops symptoms:
It’s important that you tell the school the results.
If the test is positive, follow the government’s stay at home guidance:
It is also very important that you engage with the NHS Test and Trace service, so that they can help identify who you have been in contact with. For further information about this please visit:
Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline weekend opening hours
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline remains available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Please listen carefully to the available options and select the most appropriate to your nursery, school, or college’s current situation.
To support the transition back to education, we have extended our opening hours and are now available 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
The Brighton & Hove Montessori School was established in 1985 and has since grown to be respected and well-known in both the local community and international Montessori circles. In addition we are a AMI training school, with Montessori teaching students coming from across the world to observe and learn from our experience, which in turn benefits the children.
We provide a nurturing environment and individualised learning programme which looks at your child and their needs and development, working with families to provide the best education for their children, across the whole curriculum.
We take regular trips and have strong links with the local area, including helping to maintain the award winning community garden on our doorstep.
Our group of parents are friendly and involved, and we strive to make everyone welcome in our community.
For our latest Ofsted Report please see here.
INSET days 2nd, 3rd and 4th September
Children return to school on Monday 7th September
Half term: Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October
(children return to school on Monday 2nd November)
Term ends on Friday 18th December
INSET day Monday 4th January
Children return to school on Tuesday 5th January
Half Term: Monday 15th February - Friday 19th February
(children return to school on Monday 22nd February
Term ends on Thursday 1st April
Term starts on Monday 19th April
Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May
Half Term: Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June
(children return to school on Monday 7th June)
Term end on Friday 23rd July.
Our small class sizes enable each child to receive one-to-one attention, for our children to excel within a stimulating environment and to engage in learning opportunities unique to the Montessori classroom.
We work closely with all of the parents, to maximise their children’s potential, thus laying the foundations for their lives as independent, confident and responsible citizens. Our individualised learning plans, parental partnerships and regular feedback on the children’s progress, offer the very best learning environment.
Unique to Brighton & Hove Montessori School is our vision to accept each child as they are. Our approach appreciates each of our children’s unique qualities, encourages all the children to grow at their own pace and to be active, enthusiastic learners in the world around them.