Frequently Asked Questions
We have provided below a list of the most popular frequently asked questions about our nursery and approach. Please have a look below to see if we have been able to answer any questions that you may have.
Should you still have any more questions for clarification or general inquiries please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.
How many children are there in a session?
We can have up to 45 children in each session and a child: adult ratio as low as 1:3 for our under 2s in the baby/toddler room. Our ratios for two years olds are 1:4 and for over three year olds 1:8.
What age can my child start?
The nursery is registered for children from the ages of 6 months and onwards. We work closely with parents to ensure that their child is able to have a smooth transition when starting.
My child wears nappies. Can they still come?
Absolutely! We work closely with our parents to meet each and every child’s needs – your child will begin to use the toilet as and when they are ready.
How many staff do you have?
We have 14 members of staff, all of whom hold relevant Early Years qualifications ranging from level 2 to Early Years Teacher Status. ALL staff have current paediatric first certificates and have undergone safeguarding training and thorough personal background checks (DBS).
Can my child receive government funding if he/she attends Milkshake Montessori?
Yes, you can claim government funding from the term after your child has reached 3 years of age. In some circumstances, funding is available from 2 years, please contact your local authority as these spaces are limited. Please do speak to our Manager about how Early Years Education Funding is delivered at Milkshake.
Can my child stay all day?
Yes, your child can stay from 8am to 6pm daily. Many parents select different combinations of morning and/or afternoon sessions dependent on their requirements and our availability.
What will my child learn?
We offer a curriculum that encompasses the Montessori ethos. This includes our practical life activities; sensorial exercises; language (including speaking, listening, reading and writing), numeracy, science, geography, art, craft, cookery, music and movement. We have adapted our curriculum to ensure that we comply with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This curriculum is designed by the Department of Education for children aged 0-5 years. We are inspected regularly by Ofsted to ensure we are providing a high standard of provision.
Can we see your Ofsted Report?
Yes. You can view our Ofsted report here https://files.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50128786 or visit the Ofsted website https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/EY541085
What is the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB)
MEAB is a separate form of accreditation that looks at how a setting delivers Montessori principles through its daily practice. MEAB reports are available on this website and should be read alongside the school’s Ofsted report which covers statutory compliance in England. Relevant national regulations should be considered for schools operating outside England. There are many benefits of accreditation for Montessori schools and for their teachers, prospective parents and of course the children who attend. Milkshake Montessori has been an accredited MEAB school since 2011 and was one of the first Montessori Schools to take part in the accreditation process. https://www.montessori.org.uk/school/milkshake-montessori
How will I know how well my child is doing?
We hope to keep you fully informed about your child’s progress. This is achieved in a number of ways; We have an open-door policy in which you are able to join your child during a session. You will have regular opportunities at drop off times to share information with a member of staff and more formal meetings can be arranged on request. We use an online platform called My Montessori Child which shows you what your child has been doing at nursery and is updated regularly with new information and events.
Can I come and see the nursery?
Prior to registration, we encourage families to visit us. This will give you the opportunity to ask further questions, meet the team and see what we do. Please contact us to make an appointment.
Is there a waiting list?
We are usually very full and advise that you come and visit the nursery and register your child as soon as possible. However, please do not let this put you off applying if you are looking for a place at short notice as places do become available from time to time.
Which Primary School do the children transfer to?
Many children who live locally move onto our excellent local schools. Some parents choose to send their children to nearby private schools. Other children who travel from further afield transfer to schools in their own boroughs.
How do we contact you?
Our direct line to the nursery is: 0208 8943113 – please note that sometimes we are busy with the children and cannot answer straightaway, so please do leave a message along with your name and contact and we will call you back as soon as we can.