What I love about Netherton:
I was attracted to the location, a small rural Montessori nursery in a traditional, Scottish lovely country cottage, a true Children’s House.
Outdoor Learning: The Garden
The garden is beautiful, and we can plant and care for flowers and vegetables with the children. There is a huge lawn rimmed with various kinds of tall, strong, mature trees that we can enjoy and study through out the seasons. They offer shelter from the sun, the rain and the wind – and we can climb them. I love the apple orchard too, from where we can study the fruits and how they grow throughout the seasons. In the autumn we gather the fallen apples to cook, bake or in other ways prepare for our snack-time.
Parents and Children: Warmth and Friendliness
What I noticed on my first visit was smiling children, teachers and parents alike. The children were open, confident and curious, the teachers competent, knowledgeable and kind, and parents chatty, comfortable and free.
The Montessori Ethos
Netherton is a very committed Montessori nursery school where the ethos of Montessori is deeply embedded what we do and how we interact with the children. We have a lovely and welcoming classroom with a wide range of original Montessori materials with which the children can practise and explore. As teachers we continue to study and develop our Montessori practise to be able to meet the children’s need for learning and development.
What I love about my job
I love being with children, to witness any child unfold and grow is such joy. My job permits me to spend time with and to support children to develop into who they truly are and who they wish to become. I honour the space I have in the lives of families during this precious time with young children. It offers unlimited potential for sharing, supporting, learning and creating friendships. Spending my time with children every day allows me to be in a constant state of learning and developing + meeting wonderful people. I learn something new everyday — it keeps my mind open and my focus on what is important to me: living beings and our natural environment. In my job I develop a deeper understanding for the child of today and I discover ways to nourish and care for them to support them in learning the “art of life” in a forever changing world.
What I would like to develop at Netherton
We are working to become more visible and active in the local community, something that I find very important for a school. Connecting and sharing with mother and toddler groups, local nurseries and playgroups, health visitors, midwives and other professionals in the field of Early Years child care and education, as well as creating relationships with local farmers and environmentalists.
Educating Children in Today’s World
I find it important to participate in research in the field of education and want Netherton to be active in the developing and improving education for our children. I am keen for us to be involved with the local the primary schools to share experiences and resources. At present, we are working with the Care Inspectorate to be able to offer places for P1 children as part of the flexi-schooling option. We will also be looking at engaging with the local home schooling community.
Connecting with Perth and Kinross Early Learning and Childcare
I would like Netherton to be further involved in the Perth and Kinross Council partnership provider network. This is a platform of great professional and practical support as well as exchange of ideas and experiences.
Supporting Parents and Sharing Ideas
I would love to see Netherton offer support groups and workshops for parents.