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St Patricks Montessori Nursery

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Partner institution: St Patrick’s Montessori Nursery

Website: http://www.stpatricksnursery.com/ 


Contributors (2012):

Megan Lee



Contributors: for details on what is required in each section, please look at the Guidance Notes


Placement Information



Social life

Things to do, things not to do

Useful Contacts

Before you go


Placement Information

St Patrick's Montessori Nursery School is based in Waterloo, London it is ideal for parents who commute into the city and therefore provides a wide range of mixed cultures and societal backgrounds.


Children aged 3 months to 5 years attend the nursery, and there are three different age ranged rooms; The Crèche (3 to 18 months), Pre-School (18 to 30 months) and Montessori School House (30 months to 5 years). During last few weeks/months that the children spend in Pre-School the children are introduced to some of the Montessori equipment, to help them transition to the next room.


The nursery is non-denominational and operates an equal opportunities policy ensuring all children are treated the same. Each child has a key worker who closely monitors the child and ensures they are mentally and physically challenged at the correct level stage of their development. Teachers hold Montessori Diplomas and Nursery Nurses are trained to NNEB or equivalent level.


Montessori School House is arranged into different areas including practical life and sensorial activities, a quiet comfortable corner where they can go to read or muse, areas for mathematical materials, with reading and writing materials in the language area and a cultural and environmental display area.

In the Montessori Children's House everything has its place and children know where to find their own materials and should always put them back correctly. The children learn very early on to care for the Montessori equipment they use.

Montessori originates from Dr. Maria Montessori who believed that all children are inherently intelligent. The main purpose is to help children help themselves to develop fully by observing them and directing their natural enthusiasm. Montessori's central philosophy believes that children will benefit from being introduced at an early age to an environment that encourages them to appreciate their own abilities and develops their confidence, allowing them to progress. The key aspects of Montessori education is the strong impression that the surroundings have on the children.
The Montessori curriculum blends well with the Early Learning Goals, a programme of learning as prescribed by the Government, designed for children from 3-5 years old.


There are many different options when staying in London including:

Hostels – Shared Dorms (Available from £9.35 per night – Including Breakfast)

Apartments (Available from £54 per night – Including Breakfast)

Hotels – Shared Bathrooms (Available from around £35 per night)

Hotels – Private Bathrooms (Available from around £45 per night)


They can be booked online or over the phone and I strongly advise booking in advance as London is such a busy city for both business and tourist crowds.


Useful Websites:






Luckily for me I was able to stay with a friend in Aldgate East and therefore didn’t incur any accommodation fees.


The best way to get around London is the Underground, there are thirteen different lines which get you all around London into the 9+ different zones:

Bakerloo Line,

Central Line,

Circle Line,

District Line,

Hammersmith & City Line,

Jubilee Line,

Metropolitan Line,

Northern Line,

Piccadilly Line,

Victoria Line,

Waterloo & City Line,

Docklands Light Railway, and the

Overground Line.


There are also a vast amount of buses available which also cover all 9+ zones however during rush hour before 9am and after 5pm - 7pm Monday to Friday I strongly recommend staying away from using the buses as the traffic in London is immense during these times.


The best thing I did was to download a Tubemap App on my iPhone, the clever app allows you to type in your current location and enter where you would like to go. The app brings back all the best possible routes to that station and helps make travelling so much easier. Another option if downloading the app isn't available is the Official Transport for London Website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/


Ticket Prices:

Best thing to do is to purchase an Oyster card which is a plastic smartcard that you can use instead of paper tickets. You can put Travelcards, Bus & Tram season tickets and pay as you go credit on it. It is the cheapest way to get around London.

Oyster Cards are £5 to buy then you can top up as much as you like and can use them on any tube or bus service.


Social life

Everything in London is really easy to access, most things are only a short tube ride away.


The first thing I strongly recommend is a visit to see the London eye, as the placement is based in Waterloo which is a 5 minute walk away. The London eye is a spectacular site and it costs £18.90 to have a go and see a panoramic view of London. Across the river is the Houses of Parliament and there are many different river cruises and bus rides available to ensure you make the most of your visit to London. Also in this area there is the London Aquarium, BFI London IMAX Cinema, Imperial War Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, Garden Museum, The Hayward Gallery, County Hall Gallery and the Millennium Bridge.


Camden is also a good place to visit it is really chilled out and quirky. There are nice chilled bars and clubs with live music and it’s a very friendly area to have a chilled wander around the market.


East London is a definite must! Especially in the area of Brick Lane, Brick Lane is a really trendy and  up beat area and I would strongly recommend a visit. Every Sunday there is a big market with Food stalls from all around the world including countries that you would not have thought of tasting their traditional cuisines. The market also has really trendy clothes and gorgeous unique jewellery for sale.


Other must visit places are the Shoreditch, Soho and Covent Garden areas as it is amazing how every area in London is completely different even after a short five minute tube ride away.


Attractions to see are the London Zoo, Natural History Museum, the V & A, Madame Tussauds and you must go and watch a musical in one of the many London Theatres.

Things to do, things not to do

Things to do...

All of the above! You must do as many attractions as possible!

Ride a Tuk tuk, taste some fine cuisine in Brick Lane Market, visit the Absolut Ice Bar, watch cabaret in Soho, party in Shoreditch and chill in Hoxton Square.


There is literally 1000000 things to do in London so make the most of your time there.


Things not to do...

London can be a dangerous place it is important to make sure you are safe walking place late at night, even busy streets can be a theat so ensure you are always aware of your surroundings.

Tube stations can be extremely busy so ensuring your safety around the tracks is important, not a day passed by with out a line disruptuion due to a "person under a train" so be careful. 

Useful Contacts

Placement Contacts:

Janet/Elizabeth - 020 7928 5557

E-mail address - mail@stpatricksnursery.com  


Before you go

Visit London before you go - ensure it is really for you.

London is a very busy hustle and bustle city and it is important you are prepared for the experience.


Accomodation in London is not always what is says it is - if you have found a cheap deal you probably have found a very basic hostel so be aware and prepared. 


Ensure you have emergency contact details in case anything was to happen.


Most importantly enjoy yourself! :) 







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