About Us

“The greatest sign of a success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori

Welcome to Montessori, the world’s largest global education movement. It offers a unique child-centred approach to education, used and acclaimed throughout the world.

The movement was inspired by Dr Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. She was one of the most important early years educators of the 20th century, the innovator of classroom practices and ideas which have had a profound influence on the education of young children.

Montessori St Nicholas is the name of the largest UK Montessori representative. We have nearly 700 Montessori settings and schools and 4000 individuals in our membership, though only a minority are in Montessori St Nicholas’s ownership. Most Montessori settings in the UK are privately owned and governed accordingly.

Our prime objective is to help you, whether you are a potential Montessori parent, a student wanting to train as a practitioner, a Montessori settings Manager or Owner, or a member of the general public wanting to know more about Montessori pedagogy.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” –  William A. Ward
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” –  Clay P. Bedford