WalesOnline are reporting that Esma Izzidien’s children were so happy at the Montessori parent and toddler group she set up in 2014 that she expanded it to a nursery the following year – and in September she opens the first Montessori primary in Wales.
The £4,500 a year Cardiff Montessori School, which emphasises learning through doing, will run from new, extended premises for pupils up to nine years old at the recently renovated east wing of Insole Court in Llandaff.
“Once I could see how much Montessori was doing for my children I could not bear to send them any where else. They have been my driving force,” said Esma.
The school, which is registered with inspectorate body Estyn and will follow the national curriculum , will have a nursery of 32 children and two classes of 16 – one for pupils aged four to six and one for ages six to nine.
“Each pupil has an individual learning plan and are given responsibility and the chance to do things themselves,” said former Radyr Comprehensive pupil Esma.
“For example, if they want to go on a school trip they have to organise it with older children encouraged to talk on the phone to find out what is open.”
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