What is Montessori?

The Montessori method is an approach to childhood education devised by Maria Montessori (the first Italian woman to obtain a medical degree). In a marked departure from traditional teaching methods, Montessori advocates ‘following the child’ rather than leading him. The approach is based upon the premise that the child has an inborn desire and capability to fulfil his own developmental needs and the adult/educator’s role is to support this developmental work.