At KTB Kids it is important that every child reaches their full potential with a love of learning. To achieve this activities and interactions within the nursery are inspired by several approaches to early years development. Maria Montessori believed that children are natural learners and little teachers and the Montessori approach is about encouraging and enabling children to think independently via their own exploration and problem-solving abilities. This is reflected in the practice at KTB Kids. Activities are provided to encourage each child to investigate and explore, to gain confidence, independence and language development. Children are seen to work for the joy of the process rather than for the end result, and are excited and energized through work, often repeating activities over and over just because they want to. Nursery practitioners direct the child towards learning opportunities and teach them to think deeply, to think for themselves and to think about others. They sensitively guide rather than control the children’s activities and are always responsive to the needs of individual children. Consistent with the Montessori approach practitioners at KTB Kids assume that children are born intelligent, curious, creative and are ripe to develop a sense of wonder and imagination.
The Montessori method of education places importance on grouping the children in mixed age ranges, being outdoors and promoting positive social behavior. All of which are central to the KTB Kids philosophy. The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in a supportive environment. At KTB Kids, like with Montessori based learning, focus is placed on enabling children to develop a general foundation for learning and development that includes:
- Developing a positive attitude.
- Working with a sense of order.
- Taking pride in their environment.
- Developing concentration and self-discipline.
- The ability to make decisions.
- Developing a sense of responsibility and good manners.
At KTB Kids children have the freedom to select activities, think for themselves, to solve problems on their own and with others and develop confidence in their abilities. As in a Montessori classroom, everything within the nursery at KTB Kids is made to be easily accessible to the children, with everything having its place and with all materials being kept as neatly as possible. Children are offered activities that are based upon real activities in the real world, such as spooning and pouring exercises, stirring, whisking and grating trays, cutting and threading activities. Practical life activities also include helping children do other important tasks such as opening and closing doors, carrying trays and chairs, washing and drying hands, caring for books and blowing noses!