MSA Childminder Contact
Chair: Dorothy Williams
Deputy: Sonia Quinn
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 Dorothy Williams (Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first meeting in January was at the setting of Debbie Ross in Harwich, the theme for the meeting was a clay and sensory material-making workshop hosted by Anna Blackman. The meeting was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all with Anna sharing her wealth of experiences of working with clay with children. The workshop covered combining clay and natural sensory materials including shells, lavender, rosemary, wood and stones to name but a few of the things we can combine to create a sensory clay experience for our children.
These network meetings are held across the country our next meeting in June is at Drakes Montessori in Devon. This meeting will have an early years music workshop on Developing Rhythm and pulse in the Early Years run by Eliza Wylie and Jane Parker from www.hopskipandsing.co.uk who use the Kodaly method.
Childminder Network Meetings
The meetings are held across the country so we get the experience of visiting each others settings.
Saturday 19th January 2019: CPD – Characteristics of Effective Learning with Barbara Isaacs
This workshop is being held at Key Largo Montessori, 7 Fordmill Road, Catford, London, SE6 3JH
Saturday 22nd June 2019: Material making with Felt
The Little Sweethearts Montessori, 2 Upper Gordon Road, Camberley, GU15 2HN
Saturday 5th October 2019: Red Door Montessori, Liverpool TBA
Saturday 18th January 2020: Developing Language in Pre-School Children. Busy Bees Montessori, London TBA