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FAQs at St Margarets Montessori

We have put together a collection of questions which families looking to join St Margarets Montessori often ask us. We hope the answers are useful but please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like any further information!

Are you open all year round or term-time only?

Currently, we are term-time only but we do offer Christmas, Easter and Summer holiday clubs and wrap-around care, 8am-6pm.

Do you welcome babies at St Margarets Montessori?

Children are welcome to join us from the age of two years old up until they transition to primary school.

Are different aged children split up?

We have two classrooms, one classroom for two year olds and one classroom for three and four year olds.

What is your settling in process for new families?

Settling in is very much an individual process, as every child and family have different needs.

Your child’s Key Educator will work together with you to ensure the settling in process is as smooth as possible. We usually suggest that for the first week the sessions are shorter and then gradually extend the session time.

What are your staff to child ratios?

We follow the national ratio requirements. For two to three year olds this is one adult to four toddlers, and for three and four year olds this is one adult to eight children.

Key Educator System: Your child will always have an educator at nursery who looks after their wellbeing and monitors their educational journey.

Do you have any outdoor space?

Absolutely! We are incredibly lucky to benefit from an enormous private garden which the children use everyday, come rain or shine.

We even have a Level 3 Forest School practitioner who joins us every Thursday morning for two hours. Children enjoy a huge array of activities, from den building and bark rubbings to pendant making and plant identification!

Do you provide meals and snacks?

We provide a healthy mid-morning snack but children bring their own packed lunch.

How often do the children have naps?

Nap time is available on request but there is always rest time after lunch.

How often will I receive updates on my child's progress?

Parents receive verbal feedback about their child every day. In addition to this, we use an online platform, to share observations with parents.

We do parent consultations once a term to discuss progress and ensure the continuity of learning between home and nursery. We also send out weekly newsletters with events, reminders and whole nursery news.

Do you require a deposit or registration fee?

When accepting a place we require a £150 deposit (refundable in your child’s last term) and a £50 non-refundable registration fee.

Does my child need to be toilet trained before starting nursery?

No, we are happy to accept children before they are toilet trained.

If my child attends St Margarets Montessori do they get priority for entry to Broomfield House School?

Yes, all children from Riverside Nursery Schools receive priority entry to Broomfield House School.