The Growth of Montessori St Nicholas Charity

1954 March 4th The Montessori St Nicholas Charity was founded by Phoebe Child and Margaret Homfray and housed at 22-24 Princes Gate, Knightsbridge, London.

1998 St Nicholas Preparatory School opened in London. Montessori Centre International Training College founded at Balderton Street, London. Barbara Isaacs appointed as first College Principal.

2005 The UK Montessori Schools Association (MSA) was founded.

2007 The Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) was established by the Montessori St Nicholas Charity. The key objective was to create an accreditation body with the capacity to guide and support Montessori schools, nurseries and day-care provision committed to continuing professional development and high quality Montessori practice.

2008 April – The first cohort of assessors for MEAB were trained with the support of the British Accreditation Council (BAC) and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), and the accreditation scheme was launched.

2008 MCI was purchased by The St Nicholas Charity. 
 
2009 Foundation Degree in Arts (Montessori) launched in association with London Metropolitan University.

2011 Spring – MEAB assessors became Chartered Educational Assessors.

2012 January – The first round of MEAB reaccreditations commenced.

2013 Foundation Degree in Montessori Early Childhood Practice designated for student finance, first Montessori training college to receive national funding.

2014 Launch of Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – birth to seven (Early Years Educator), validated by Crossfields/Cache. This became the first and only Montessori qualification to be listed by Ofqual register of regulated qualifications and on the list of DfE approved qualifications for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios.

2014 Launch of MCI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support new qualifications, establishing an international community of online collaboration and learning.

2014 Launch of Integrating Montessori Practice (IMP), Montessori specialism for qualified early years practitioners.

2015 Launch of Cert HE Montessori Early Childhood Practice, also designated for student finance, first Level 4 professional Montessori training qualification with funding available.


The Development of Montessori St Nicholas Charity (MSN) 2015-2018

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead


Our strategy document, called Vision 2020, outlines a set of ideas, principles, important priorities and the key activities intended to take MSN to the next level. This document reflects our undiminished ambitions for the future and our overarching strategy remains to rationalise our in-house operations whilst adopting a business model that will generate income streams from our more commercial activities and so support the development of our charitable arm.

This strategy has been developed through a consultation process. By drawing on the ideas, expertise and in-depth knowledge of staff in MSN and on our ambitious drive for excellence, the consultation has resulted in a strategy which is challenging, relevant to the changing educational context and true to Montessorian values and distinctiveness.

This strategy consists of key strands supplemented by more specific and detailed threads and operational tasks. Only the strands are identified here.

Strand 1: DEVELOPING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR SUSTAINING THE WORK OF MSN INTO 21st CENTURY

Key Objectives:

  • To ensure that MSN has the resources to develop and sustain its plans well into the future;
  • To ensure that all activity is conducted with probity, compliance and due diligence;
  • To raise the profile of the Montessori brand so that it is widely recognised and understood in the education and wider worlds.

Strand 2: DEVELOPING THE CHARITY ARM OF MONTESSORI ST NICHOLAS (MSN)

Key Objective:

  • To create definable and beneficial outcomes for key stakeholder groups in the Montessori community.

Strand 3: DEVELOPING MONTESSORI SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION (MSA)

Key Objective:

  • To create, support and sustain an accountable and respectful community that represents quality Montessori provision to the membership of Montessori schools and the wider education community.

Strand 4: DEVELOPING MONTESSORI CENTRE INTERNATIONAL (MCI)

Key Objectives:

  • To embrace the legacy of the Montessori learning approach, to train teachers to optimise the learning environment for young children
  • To encourage their holistic (cognitive and effective) development by ensuring that the training college continues to develop into a respected and recognised organisation by the Montessori, early years academic communities.