Haverhill sole Montessori School has only been open since September, but already the number of children attending has grown to such an extent that two more new rooms are set to be opened.
The nursery, based on the Haverhill Research Park, began life with just three children, but that number has grown to around 30 and come January, once the two extra rooms are opened, it will have about 55 children aged between three months and five.
So far the nursery has had one room for children aged up to 18 months and another for older children, but next month it will add a second pre-school room and a second toddler room.
Owner, Susie Norman, said: “We are very well located for families working in Cambridge and also our hours are 7am to 7pm so we can accommodate parents doing shifts as well.
“Our facilities are very good. We have our own cook and it’s got a very home-like atmosphere.
“We are a 78 place nursery so we still have plenty of space and we are different from other nurseries in Haverhill.”
Montessori schools have a philosophy that allows each child to use their own instincts to follow their ‘inner teacher’, giving them the freedom every day to choose their own activities, ones that would best help them to develop.
Susie explained: “The children have freedom to choose things they want to do and we make sure the children have a period that’s long enough for them to make those discoveries.”
Central to what Montessori does is the use of natural materials, such as real glasses to drink out of and not plastic beakers, wooden tables and chairs, all in light and airy rooms.
There is a garden area to which access is available for the children at any time of day and the nursery’s manager, Lesley Milmine, is also a qualified Forest School teacher.