Montessori and pre-birth nursery registration

I’ll be honest, it was a bit of a shock when a friend suggested that we needed to register our baby at a nursery pre-birth. I can see how it would be the case in some areas, with the best places heavily over-subscribed, but I just didn’t think that’d be the case where we live. However, we did make some enquiries, and I’m glad we did. While most places around us didn’t require absurdly early pre-registration, the local Montessori nursery had a limit on how many under-one year olds they would take a time.

Montessori education is aimed at young children, pre-school and is en education philosophy based around allowing children to develop according to to their own paths, emphasising concepts such as socialisation, acquisition of language, sensory refinement, psychological self-construction and building functional independence.

But, more importantly, when we walked into the nursery, it was a place of calm. Despite several ages of children all eating and playing in the same area, the children seemed happy, content and devoted to their carers. Even if I didn’t already believe in the educational philosophy, this would have swung things heavily in the Montessori direction. And the best bit? It was actually, for some reason, less expensive that other local nursery placements. Needless to say, we pre-registered as soon as we could.

Not everyone needs or wants Montessori education, and I can imagine in some areas it’s not always available, or the cheapest option. But one piece of advice I would give, is asking around the local nurseries, booking a visit, and finding out what the situation is. You wouldn’t want to be in a situation where the best option require registration pre-birth.

‘Home Language’ and mixed language use

Language has been something I’ve been pondering for a while; while I may be British, speak primarily English, even write professionally in English, I am actually bi-lingual. My mum was German, and many of my formative years were spent in Germany, and so the question of ‘home language’, literally the language spoken in the home, inevitably came up for our own new arrival. It’s a bit of a dilemma: German’s not exactly the most useful language in the world, and it means I’d have to speak more German at home. That’d be quite an increase from a a grand total of zero!

Apparently though, babies can separate out the differences in language and meaning, the idea that it’d get all confused and mix up languages is apparently a myth. There’s even a benefit, in that current thinking is that babies brought up bi-lingual may well have a head start in the development of language centres in the brain. I can’t really argue with that benefit! So, for now… Auf Wiedersehen!