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Vanessa_in_Babyland 06-09-2014 10:33 AM

Montessori : Training and Environement
 
Hello Ladies, I have been a nanny for the past year and have decided to start a in-home daycare in the fall. I am still unclear as to if I should be licensed through my state since there are so many options but I do know that I want to maintain my Montessori environment. So far, its been a HUGE success with the kids and the parents love it :D. I have been hired at every interview from Care.com. Now Iím ready to make more money, I am thinking full time for at least a few years then back to part time. I have even thought of doing just Monday/Wednesday/ Friday hours for part-time families. So far, I think I might have some luck with that too (I donít want to get burnt out) . All this to say that I want to get trained in Infant-3yrs Primary class in Montessori philosophy one day. I think it would really bump up my rates and itís what I LOVE. I also want to incorporate Reggio as well into my environment. Do any of you have a Montessori daycare? Any photos to share your environment? I hope to have my entire downstairs finished basement as our classroom and keep things organized there. Thanks for your input! :o

Josiegirl 12-20-2014 04:00 AM

I don't but sure wish I did!! I've been browsing all over pinterest checking out Reggio inspired classrooms and I think I'm in the love with it! :)

My problem is that I have lots of toddlers, ages 18 months-3. I can just picture all the well-intentioned materials becoming dangerous. :( How does one play with sticks and stones without gouging out eyes or bumps on the head? Maybe my particular group is a bit more energetic than others?

Laurel 12-20-2014 05:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Vanessa_in_Babyland (Post 467894)
Hello Ladies, I have been a nanny for the past year and have decided to start a in-home daycare in the fall. I am still unclear as to if I should be licensed through my state since there are so many options but I do know that I want to maintain my Montessori environment. So far, its been a HUGE success with the kids and the parents love it :D. I have been hired at every interview from Care.com. Now Iím ready to make more money, I am thinking full time for at least a few years then back to part time. I have even thought of doing just Monday/Wednesday/ Friday hours for part-time families. So far, I think I might have some luck with that too (I donít want to get burnt out) . All this to say that I want to get trained in Infant-3yrs Primary class in Montessori philosophy one day. I think it would really bump up my rates and itís what I LOVE. I also want to incorporate Reggio as well into my environment. Do any of you have a Montessori daycare? Any photos to share your environment? I hope to have my entire downstairs finished basement as our classroom and keep things organized there. Thanks for your input! :o

I've always loved Montessori also. Sent my own three to Montessori before I did childcare. I worked for a few years in a Montessori school also but was an assistant (no degree). Love, love, love Montessori!

I had envisioned doing it at home also but it wasn't practical. Over the 20 years I did childcare in my home (retired now), I rarely got calls for children 3 and over. Also, when my babies would reach age 3 (when Montessori education would typically start... at least back then) they would leave for 'preschool'. Parents wanted a 'real school' setting. Very disheartening. So I just did home child care with a Montessori-like environment as much as possible.

I believe there is Montessori for younger children/toddlers (saw it on youtube) but more adults are needed than in traditional care so it doesn't seem like it would be cost effective.

Just some thoughts. I hope it works for you but it wasn't practical to do here. I loved my daycare through the years but if I decided that if I had wanted to stick strictly to Montessori it would have made more sense to get the training and work in or start a Montessori preschool that was not at home. The equipment is extremely expensive as well.

Laurel


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