Marlow Montessori School

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About Marlow Montessori School

Name Marlow Montessori School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Address: Bovingdon Green Village Hall, Frieth Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2JQ
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed
Local Authority Buckinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this early years setting?

The provision is outstanding

Children develop outstanding levels of independence from a very young age. They demonstrate superb levels of concentration as they play and learn with a meticulously planned selection of fun activities.

All interactions between staff and children are of an exceptionally high quality. For example, very young children identify which animals live on land, or in the sea or sky. They identify which have 'tusks' and 'shells' and what the difference is between a gorilla and a chimpanzee.

Children discuss how a giraffe has a very long neck and how this is helpful for him to eat leaves from high trees. These conversation...s support children to gain high levels of knowledge and vocabulary for their age. Staff expertly extend children's learning during their chosen activities and they have high expectations of all children.

This supports children to build on what they already know and make rapid progress with their learning and development. Children are all extremely happy and feel very safe. They make independent choices about their play and snack times and their behaviour is exemplary.

They develop excellent practical life skills, such as sweeping, opening jars and learning to use tongs and tweezers during many of their activities.

What does the early years setting do well and what does it need to do better?

The setting offers a rich set of experiences that support children to learn about people who are different from themselves. For example, children loved a visit from a cultural learning bus.

Children watched actors perform West Indian sketches and tried on clothes from many different cultures. Parents and staff share their experiences of celebrating festivals in their home countries to develop children's knowledge. They cook foods from India with children, show photos from Jewish festivals and they celebrate Japanese children's day with gifts.

The setting's provision for teaching children mathematics is outstanding. For example, children learn about size and volume as they excitedly search the garden for rainwater. They use measuring tapes and estimation to determine which jug is the biggest.

The setting has an excellent range of resources that effectively teach children about shapes and help them group items as they count.Staff encourage critical thinking and give children plenty of time to solve problems for themselves. For example, very young children quickly determine why they have not gathered sufficient water, as they have selected tools with holes in them.

Activities with coloured blocks and cards challenge children to recreate pictures. They demonstrate exceptional concentration and perseverance as they work through different levels of difficulty, recreating the pictures and building on previous learning.Children form very strong friendships with one another.

They work together building structures, then prompt each other in a kind manner to take turns counting and rolling balls down. Older children are regularly seen to help younger children with tasks. Children and staff show lots of affection to one another.

The setting encourages highly effective partnership working with parents. Parents report that the setting has worked very hard recently with teaching children how to be kind. They shared the topic with home and children were regularly heard to identify when their parents were also demonstrating kindness.

Parents and children are currently sharing their favourite books for everyone to read and enjoy. After each long holiday, children proudly display posters created with parents. These help them to communicate the highlights of their time away with their friends and teachers.

The setting plans many experiences for children to enjoy heart-raising exercise. For example, children enjoy either a yoga session or music and movement each week. They practise regularly in the summer term for their popular sports day and get plenty of time to explore in their garden area.

Children have many fun opportunities to be creative. They are very excited while they learn Christmas songs in English and French to perform to their parents at a concert. Children love to cook each week and share the produce with home.

They use scissors and a sticky tape dispenser to create structures out of recycled materials. This helps them learn about small risks as they construct their imaginative models and discuss their creations.The highly experienced manager values her team and is extremely supportive to them.

Highly effective working arrangements mean staff have ample time each week to keep their records up-to-date and to complete extensive refresher training. This means staff become adept at reflecting on their practice and maintaining their skills to an outstanding level.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

The manager ensures staff keep their safeguarding knowledge and training up to date. All staff clearly explain a wide range of indicators that children could be at risk of harm. The manager met with her local authority adviser recently to update her procedures for ensuring safer staff recruitment.

Staff all confidently explain local reporting procedures should they have any concerns that a child could be at risk of harm. Staff effectively implement procedures to ensure no cameras or mobile phones are used at the setting. They undertake regular risk assessments to help maintain a safe environment for children.