Circle Time gives all children in their early years the opportunity to explore their creativity, build their confidence in group situations and gain skills needed to maximise their potential in a calm and welcoming environment.
Maria Montessori recognised and valued each child's ability to be creative. Everyone is born with a capacity for music and Montessori believed that this inborn capacity needs to be given the right opportunities and experience to develop.
Modern research has shown that exposure to music is a constructor of intelligence, a builder and organizer of the nervous system, as well as an expressive language of emotion. The Montessori approach puts an emphasis on independence, freedom of movement and the importance of allowing each child to develop at their own pace and in their own way.
At Circle Time the children are taught in a mixed aged class (0-4 years) and encouraged to explore music in a safe and happy setting with the primary focus being to have fun. Our songs, games and stories help build fundamental social and creative skills alongside early literacy and numeracy skills, and an introduction to many everyday British Sign Language signs to aid communication development. Our classes support the learning goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Circle Time Treasure Baskets
Our Treasure Basket class allows the babies to take the lead and explore a magical basket of sensory items independently. While the adults provide a passive yet supportive presence, the babies are free to develop their senses and discover objects of differing size, texture, shape, colour, smell and taste and to simultaneously build their concentration and confidence.