MSA Childminder Contact
Chair: Jenny McArthur
Deputy: Gabrielle Mills
Tel: 01395 263868
Montessori Childminders in the United Kingdom
The MSA childminder network was formed three years ago as part of MSA. Our network members meet three to four times in a calendar year and the meetings are held nationwide at childminder settings. Currently we have 40 members, including the chair and deputy chair. Our members collectively agree on the agenda of our meetings and we have topical discussions related to Montessori practice, as well as the latest government legislations and policies that may affect our home-based practices.
Being part of the network gives our members the opportunity to meet other home-based Montessori practitioners and to see different childminding settings in order to exchange ideas and experiences. The minutes of our meetings are circulated to our members, so if any matters or questions are raised from previous meetings it can be further discussed.
The MSA childminder network’s aim is also to encourage our members towards MEAB accreditation in future through more practical support and workshops.
If you’re a Montessori qualified childminder and you would like to join our enthusiastic and vibrant group of home-based practitioners, please contact Jenny McArthur (Chair) at email@example.com
21 January 2017
Childminders Network Meeting
We met on 21 January at Hayley’s Little Explorers Montessori, in Burwell near Cambridge. The day began with a brief discussion of topics including how the 30 hours free funding varies across England with consequences for our businesses and the increasing demand for baby places at our settings. We also discussed online training options for primary and cosmic curricula which will be a focus of a future meeting. After lunch we focused upon making cultural materials to take back to our settings. Everyone enjoyed a colourful wet felting workshop from Anna Blackman and Annamaria Guild, and Annamaria inspired us with her exquisite handmade felt mapping game mats. In addition everyone had chance to produce and laminate several sets of specially designed cultural terminology and matching cards. Making curriculum materials is our passion and it was an incredibly productive few hours!
MSA Childminder Network, Deputy Chair
Childminder Network Meetings
Saturday 1st July 2017 Bodhi Tree Vegan Montessori, 40a Shoot Up Hill, London NW2 3QB http://bodhitreenursery.co.uk
Topic: food and food preparation with specific emphasis on vegan philosophy provided by Giulia and the setting
Saturday 7 October 2017: Kremena Gavrilova, London www.beecktonbunnies.co.uk.
Topic: How to plan and observe and write-up observations.
Saturday 20th January 2018: Debbie Ross, 13 Harbour Crescent Harwich CO12 3NJ Harwich
June 2018: Date to be confirmed Jenny McArthur, Drakes Montessori, 19 Drakes Avenue Exmouth, Devon. EX8 4AB. www.draksemontessori.co.uk
Topic: Early music.
October 2018: Date to be confirmed. Dorothy Williams, Busy Bumblebees Montessori, London. www.busybumblebeesmontessori.com