In the middle of the year, in 2003, Teddy Bears Montessori Preschool was started by Mrs Preshanie Bhagaloo (nee Maharaj) to take care of children in a safe, secure and nurturing environment, a home away from home. We started with one little boy on the first day and, through word of mouth, we grew from strength to strength doing what we were born to do.
We have become convinced that a Montessori education offers enormous advantages to all children. It is based on the principle that each child is an individual and develops at his or her own pace. We have seen our own children benefit from this approach and we are confident that your children will also enjoy growing and learning in this special environment.
For us, it is essential that children are educated in a caring and supportive environment where they are encouraged to work and play. We apply Montessori principles to instil in each child the love of learning that is at the heart of the Montessori education.
Our staff members have many years of experience in preschool teaching. I trained at The College of Modern Montessori in Linbro Park, I have also trained and am qualified as a self-esteem facilitator. I am currently completing my degree in Educational Psychology & Kids Life Coaching. I have also been a life Coach under Jay Shetty and worked closely with his vision and wisdom with an international audience. I have gained so many mindfulness skills and lessons that I can add to our daily classes to ensure our children are calm, at ease, and can cope with the help of the right tools to make it through most age-appropriate challenges.
I have worked in both the Montessori and the state education sector. I work alongside Montessori-trained teachers*, assistants and classroom helpers to ensure that every child is able to develop at his or her own pace. We have the most dedicated staff and when you meet them you will see how friendly and caring they truly are!
Children generally start with us when they are walking (and between the ages of 12 months and two years old), however many parents have grown to love our philosophy and environment that we take in one or max 2 babies from 4 months old. Most parents live in close proximity to the school premises and because of the wonderful area we live in, we generally have children from diverse backgrounds. For us, different languages, cultures, nationalities and religions serve to enrich the learning environment. By keeping our school small, a wonderful sense of community among the school’s parents and school team is developed.
We look forward to both your and your child’s participation in our school.
Preshanie Zia Maharaj
School Owner and Principal of Teddy Bears Montessori
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