Jelly Beans Montessori Open Air Pre School is situated in the grounds of Hockley Primary School and is a privately run. There is a close working relationship with the Head of Hockley Primary, Mrs Heatherson, and the Jelly Beans building is set in natural woodland adjacent to the school playing ground.
The Pre School is a wonderfully light, open plan, contemporary space boasting an extensive range of Montessori materials and modern bleached pine equiment, sourced from Italy. Large open windows look out onto the small, secure woodland garden which the children can explore, with trees and squirrels and outdoor play activities. Our focus is on providing the children with free flow access to the outdoors to explore and discover the natural environment developing their confidence and knowledge and understanding of our world.
Jelly Beans already has a day Nursery in Hockley, as well as a second Pre School site at the Plumberow Primary Academy.
Behind our success is the vision of founder Sarah Drummond, a dedicated Montessori practitioner, who remains actively involved in the day-to-day running of Jelly Beans:
My aim is to provide high quality early years education and care, in a safe and warm environment, which follows the philosophy and method of Maria Montessori.
We nurture each child's curiosity, encouraging children to have fun and to flourish, becoming confident and independent learners with a thirst to learn more. Our staff are highly qualified and promote an environment of respect, where manners, good behaviour and sharing and supporting others play an important role.
Ultimately, every child which comes through our Pre school will leave us having discovered the world of learning with enthusiasm through careful guidance, with the principles of self learning safely embedded.