CATOR PARK MONTESSORI Aldersmead Road, Cator Park Pavilion, Beckenham BR3 1NA 020 8778 9893

About Montessori

‘Seeking the release of human potentialities.’ Dr Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method is based on a deep understanding of the way children learn through choosing, trying and doing themselves, with the freedom to repeat and refine skills without interruption. When combined with specially developed materials, a carefully prepared environment and the close observation and guidance of Montessori trained directresses an enormously powerful, confidence building approach to learning is achieved.

Within the Montessori Method, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The EYFS is a central part of the ten year childcare strategy choice for parents, the best start for children and the landmark Childcare Act 2006.

The overarching aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being.

The Montessori Method and the Early Years Foundation Stage have strong commonality and compliment each other in practice for the benefit of our children.

If you’d like to know more about the Montessori Method an introductory booklet is available from our office.


  • Maria Montessori was one of the most remarkable women of her time. As well as being the first female Italian Doctor of Medicine, she was an educator, philosopher and humanitarian. She was perhaps best known for her unique educational philosophy and the Montessori method which we proudly adhere to at Cator Park today.