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Early Years & Montessori

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage together with elements of the philosophy and practices of Maria Montessori.  Children will develop at their own pace and each child’s development is closely monitored and the Curriculum is applied accordingly.  Alongside the Montessori method, we also use the Jolly Phonics book and CD to teach the children about sounds, letters and actions.


Our curriculum has proved to be favoured by many of the Pre-Prep Schools and we maintain the highest standards throughout a child's time at Pippa Pop-ins.  We are proud to follow a more structured ethos which we have developed to ensure a happy medium between teaching the children both academically and holistically in preparation for their future schools.


Early Years Foundation Stage

The overarching principals of the EYFS are:

 Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.


 Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.


Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their learning responds to their individual needs and there is a                        strong partnership between teachers and parents and or carers.


 Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in the
        early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.


The areas of learning and development are separated into the following specific areas:


 Communication and Language


 Physical Development


 Personal, Social & Emotional Development






 Understanding of the World


 Expressive Arts and Designs


Further information regarding the EYFS can be found at

The Montessori Ethos

Maria Montessori was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children the world over.


The Montessori approach is holistic and aims to develop the whole child. Fundamental to the approach is the belief that a child's early years from birth to six are the period when they have the greatest capacity to learn. Maria Montessori saw that children learn best by doing and that happy self-motivated learners form positive images of themselves as confident, successful people. She created specially designed resources to foster independence and a love for learning from an early age.


Further information regarding the Montessori philosophy can be found at


These have been devised to outline the activities for the day and to help with the free flow of the school. Please note that the timetable is not ‘set in stone’.


Class Planners
A planner is devised incorporating the Early Years Foundation Stage, which details the children’s learning objectives. You may wish to look at this for reference and it can be found on the Classroom wall.  


Individual Planners

Each child has their own planner for their individual needs and this is reviewed throughout the term.  The planner is taken from observations and each child's interests and will be discussed at Parents Evening.  We will allow new children to settle and observe before creating an Individual Plan.


Learning Journey

All children will have a Learning Journey documenting their development. It is related to the children’s Individual Plan and observations of your child.  We use an online package, which Parents can access to see their child’s observations, photographs and next steps.


Work Books
Children will start these when they are ready, but approximately when they are three years old. The workbooks consist of a ‘My Name’ book, ‘My Weekend News’ book and ‘Little Learners’ book (Numbers and Letters).