Montessori Alliance

Evaluation

Montessori Alliance offers a number of services to new and existing Child Care practitioners and strives to offer individual tailored solutions to reflect each practitioners individual practice. The various elements within the Child Care establishment which directly impact on the quality of service available to the children within the setting will be assessed, these including the following;

Teacher

The task of the teacher and childcare practitioner is complex and has several vital components which need to be brought together by the childcare practitioner in a meaningful way. Among these are the following:

  • To actively observe each child
  • assess his individual needs
  • create and maintain a stimulating environment and programme,
  • to maintain, uphold and promote the Rights of the Child
  • to provide and encourage the exploration of links between the child and his environment

Curriculum

Aistear is an Early Years curriculum framework designed specifically for Childcare practitioners who are working with children from birth to 6 years of age. As a framework Aistear is particularly suited to Montessori settings as it places importance on following the stages of development of each individual child; providing real world situations and experiences for the child to practice and acquire social and practical skills; linking the various environments, home, school, minder, extended family, in which the child spends time.

Aistear contains four interconnected themes:

  • Well-being
  • Identity & Belonging
  • Communication
  • Exploration & Thinking

Evaluation of the curriculum will involve examining how the four themes of Aistear are incorporated within the Childcare setting. An Early Years Curriculum should reflect the child’s own environment and create meaningful exercises and activities for the child to aid the development of the whole child in a holistic way. By assessing the quality of the Curriculum offered and its implementation, a comprehensive appraisal of the existing service can be obtained.

Classroom

The learning environment of the child can impact either positively or negatively on the child’s willingness to engage and experience his surroundings. Therefore an evaluation of the Early Years setting, it’s ability to enthuse and interest the child will enable the practitioner to see what is working well and what needs to be changed or developed. An extensive review of the availability, variety and condition of Montessori Materials as well as evidence of constancy and continuity with the materials, will indicate at what level the provider can fulfil its responsibilities.

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