“Children are human beings to whom respect is due,
superior to us by reason of their innocence
and of the greater possibilities of their future.”
~ Maria Montessori
Paint Pots Montessori Schools Bayswater is currently located at the top of the Westbourne Park Baptist Church overlooking the railways which cause great fascination for the children. We have two rooms that are connected by a hall and we keep all internal doors open so that children can independently choose which space they would like to work in. Our environment is carefully designed so that all activities are at the children’s height and to encourage freedom of movement and choice. The space allows the children to share a wide range of Montessori materials and enables them to discover, explore, learn and enhance their skills at their own pace. We rotate the activities on display to ensure the environment is always fresh and enticing.
On arrival the children go to the cloakroom with their parents to hang up their coats and change their shoes before coming upstairs to begin their day. They are greeted by one of the teachers and from the minute they arrive at school are free to choose their own activity. They can work independently, with their friends or with a teacher. At Bayswater we are all passionate about the creative development of the children and have a wide variety of creative techniques and ideas. Frequently the children come and tell us exactly what they would like to do and it is our role to empower them and help them help themselves. As every activity has a positive learning goal we can trust the child to follow their own instincts and make their own choices.
The only time we will interrupt the free work cycle is to take them to nearby Westbourne Gardens or Porchester Square Gardens. We ensure that we go outside every day, either in the morning or the afternoon, encouraging the children to be aware of the importance of fresh air and excercise. Nature is a magical world for children and the children assist us by bringing nature into the classroom to inspire their enquiring minds. We cook once a week introducing them to a wide range of culinary techniques and healthy food, naturally including the occasional sweet treat!
Once the children reach the age of three they have the choice to stay for the full day at Paint Pots Bayswater. The children bring in packed lunches and are involved in preparing the tables and washing up the crockery afterwards. Lunch time is a relaxed and social part of the day where we all sit down and eat together. On Wednesday mornings, Miss Tania from Club Frere Jaques provides a French class (at an additional cost) to a small group of children. Mr Michael also provides a vibrant and original music session on Mondays. We have a weekly “Show and Tell” where parents are welcome to join us and it is during this time that the children proudly show us their treasured possessions or relate their stories.
We like to work closely with the families and parents are encouraged to come into the school to share their passions and experiences. We believe communication between home and school to be vital and offer parents an individual secure record keeping programme called ’My Montessori Child’. This application gives each parent their own personal website log in which provides a unique insight into their child’s experiences in school, photo observations, work portfolio as well as keeping them up to date with important news and dates. It also provides the teachers with an excellent system to monitor each child’s progress. This is updated regularly and has proven to be an excellent link between home and school.
We have very exciting times ahead as from September 2014, our Ofsted Outstanding Montessori accredited school in Bayswater will be moving to a new location at The Boltons, SW10. The Bayswater teaching team, under the guidance of Vinni Lewis, our Vice Principal, are excited about having the opportunity to offer a wider range of activities to the children which will include a strong Forest School element.
Paint Pots Montessori School The Boltons, SW10 will offer the children a very unique experience. The school building is set in a beautiful church hall surrounded by magnificent gardens. When outdoors, the children have the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, the freedom to work with classroom activities, arts, crafts and imaginative play. In the indoor setting, through Montessori materials and environment, the children develop their independence, concentration and creativity, as well as their social, language and motor skills.
As a Montessori School, where our team are passionate about developing the children’s interest in nature and the outdoor environment, we have started Forest School sessions. These are weekly opportunities, when we take a group of children to our Forest School space at Paint Pots Montessori School Hyde Park. During this time, the children freely explore the changing natural environment whilst the teachers look closely and document the children’s questions, comments and discoveries. Our Forest School ethos is embedded within the curriculum and is not something that is tagged on to the learning experience. The discoveries the children make, beyond the boundaries of the classroom are incorporated within the school environment in both a physical and conceptual way.
At our Montessori School at The Boltons, children can attend daily from 2 years 6 months to 5 years in the main hall with free access to an outdoor area. Paint Pots House Creative Classes will be held in the upstairs room of the same venue. Our experienced artists, musicians and Montessori teachers, including our founder Georgina Hood, will continue to offer accompanied classes for babies from 6 months (Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play) and Sensorial, Art, Music and Early Montessori for children up to 2 and a half years. In the afternoons, we will provide unaccompanied Art and Dance classes for Children aged 3-6 years. Through these combined experiences the children who attend Creative Classes from 6 months and transition into our Montessori School at 2 and a half years gain the 360 degree education which is most important, as they move forward through life.
The best way to find out more about Bayswater and The Boltons is to come and visit and to see the school in action. We like to show parents during the free work cycle so that you get a true glimpse of life in the school. If you would like to visit Paint Pots Montessori School Bayswater or Paint Pots Montessori School The Boltons please contact Miss Vinni on 07527 100534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in registering for a place at Paint Pots Montessori Nursery School The Boltons please contact email@example.com or 0207 223 0123
The children start at Paint Pots Montessori School Bayswater and also at Paint Pots The Boltons at 2 years 6 months. However, our Chelsea school offers places for children from 2 years as they have a second room prepared appropriately for this age group, which we refer as “The Nest”.
Porchester Road (Entrance on Westbourne Park Villas)
London W2 5DX
T: 07527 100534
St Mary The Boltons Church Hall
The Boltons, SW10 9TB
T: 0207 223 0123Please note: this is the phone number for our Office.
Mornings: 9.15am – 12.30pm
Afternoons: 1.15pm – 3.45pm