Welcome To Bowland Montessori

Bowland Montessori is a small pre school based in the centre of Clitheroe. The school is run a qualified teacher of 28 years experience, with Montessori training. We limit our numbers to 13 children per 3 hour session. The pre school is within easy walking distance of open countryside. We spend a lot of our time outdoors in all weather! A river runs along side our school and we feed the ducks everyday. We also, for example, heat water on an open fire and make hot chocolate and build dens.

The 3 year olds at Bowland Montessori have all they need for rich play: an environment where they feel secure, good friends to share ideas and lots of uninterrupted time.

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Tell me more about Montessori

Montessori is a type of education devised by Dr Maria Montessori - the first lady doctor in Italy. Montessori was very interested in how children learn; she analysed the small, developmental stages which children instinctively progress through as they learn to move, talk and acquire new skills, knowledge and understanding.

In her role as a doctor, Montessori worked with children with special learning needs and behavioural and social difficulties; she developed a range of learning materials and a teaching method for introducing the materials to children at 'sensitive periods', just when children were ready for the next stage of learning. The children with learning difficulties developed so well that teachers came from all over the world to watch the boys and girls working with the specially designed materials.

The early Montessori schools were called 'Children's Houses'.

Montessori ran many International Teacher Training courses and the 'Montessori Method' was adopted as the state education system in many countries around the world.

Many modern Montessori schools do not have any children with special needs, but they all follow these same philosophy; an orderly, peaceful classroom where girls and boys learn to respect themselves, others and their learning environment.

Who we are


Nancy Bigmore


Cheryl Novak

Jenni Lakin

Heather Fletcher

Where we are

Bowland Montessori Pre School
At St. James’ C of E Primary School
Greenacre Street

Charges & Session Times

Session Times and Fees from September 2016

For children under 3 years old

Time                                                       Cost

9.00am - 12.00                                      £15.70

9.00am - 1.00pm (including lunchtime)£19.20

9.00am - 3.00pm                                   £29.40

12.00 - 3.00pm (including lunchtime)   £14.20

1.00pm - 3.00pm                                   £10.70

For children over 3 years old: first 15 hours per week are free.
The costs below are only payable after 15 hrs/wk have been used.

Time                                                       Cost

9.00am - 12.00                                      £12.40

9.00am - 1.00pm (including lunchtime)£15.90

9.00am - 3.00pm                                   £23.70

12.00 - 3.00pm (including lunchtime)   £11.70

1.00pm - 3.00pm                                   £8.20


For all children there is a breakfast club from 7.30am & an after school club until 6.00pm. Each session costs £6.

For all children the Fruit Fund contribution is 50 pence per day which covers the cost of all consumables including cooking ingredients and craft materials.

An indication of serious interest would be appreciated as soon as possible as places will be limited. A £20 deposit is required, where applicable, to secure a child place. This will be deducted from the first bill.

Local Offer Details

The setting is a small pre school catering for 2 - 5 yr olds. It is housed within a primary school which has before & after school clubs accessible to the setting. It is registered to take 16 children if all are over 3 yrs old, or 12 children if there are also 2 yr olds. Key staff comprise the leader, Nancy Bigmore and three part time permanent staff - Sabine Anderson, Kirsty MacIntosh & Cheryl Novak. Nancy Bigmore takes the role of SENCO, PICO, ENCO etc.

The setting is fully wheelchair accessible and has accessible toilet facilities through use of a hoist. The room is open plan with all resources easily accessible.

Children’s progress is monitored using baseline assessment, EYFS tracking sheets & progress summary sheets. If a child has SEN, a meeting will be set up with parents/carers and the SENCO to discuss what provisions are required and how we can meet specific needs within the setting. Additional advice & support can be accessed by contacting the Inclusion and Disability Support Service.

Key person is responsible for the well being of your child. Settling them in and getting them involved in all the activities on offer in the pre school. They are also responsible for keeping records of your child’s achievement and tracking their progress. Initial concerns should be discussed with key person who may then take concerns to the leader.

The key person is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all children have access to excellent teaching and that the curriculum and the learning environment is adapted to meet your child’s individual needs (also known as differentiation).

  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support).

  • Writing a Personal Progress Check, and sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term and planning for the next term.

  • Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are helped to deliver the planned work/ next steps for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.

  • Ensuring that the school’s SEN Policy is followed in the pre school for all the children with any SEN.

Children in the pre school will get support that is specific to their individual needs. This may be all provided by the key person or may involve:

Other staff in the pre school, staff who will visit the school from the Local Authority central services such as the Inclusion Teacher, Outreach Team or Sensory Service ( for children with a hearing or visual need) Specialist staff who visit from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Services.

The Key person will give sensitive input with the benefit an excellent enabling environment ie. differentiated activities, open ended resources and use of the wider outdoor environment. The Key person is skilled in providing targeted support for children’s individual needs and interests.

The Pre school is committed to:

  • Ensuring that all staff have the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class.

  • Ensuring that all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.

  • Putting in place different ways of teaching so that your child is fully involved in learning in pre school. This may involve things like using practical strategies such as choosing boards and visual timetables.

  • Putting in place specific strategies (which may be suggested by the Inclusion Teacher or outside agencies) to support your child’s learning.

We would like you to talk to your child’s class key person regularly so we know what they are doing at home and we can tell you about what we are doing in school. We hope this will make sure that we are doing similar things to support them both at home and school and can share what is working in both places.

  • The leader & key person are available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have.

  • All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you, or where this is not possible, in a report. The leader will also arrange to meet with you to discuss any new assessments and ideas suggested by outside agencies for your child.

  • IEP’s will be reviewed with your involvement each term. · A home/school contact book may be used to support communication with you, when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child.

  • Parents/carers will be sign-posted to appropriate supportive services. In addition: If you child is undergoing statutory assessment you will also be supported by pre school.

We recognise that ‘moving on’ can be difficult for a child with SEND and the pre school will take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

When your child is moving to another school:

  • We will contact the new school’s SENCo and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child.

  • We will make sure that all documents about your child are passed on as soon as possible.

Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions. In some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school before they start. In some cases, a transition meeting will be held with parents/carers and all professionals involved including the receiving school’s SENCo to pass on information and make transition arrangements. In some cases, the child’s one to one support worker will accompany the child to their next school for an agreed period of time to help settle them in. Reception teachers from all receiving schools are invited to visit the pre school to share information on children who are transitioning.

The Inclusion Manager’s job is to support the class teacher and key person in planning for children with SEN.

Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class e.g from the ASD Outreach service, and Sensory service.

Whole staff meetings regularly held to share strategies, knowledge and experience to ensure consistency of approach to children with SEN.

List of training for 2014-15 that staff have undertaken will be available if required.

If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should speak to your child’s key person or pre school leader.

To speak to the key person or pre school leader phone/e mail/text the pre school to make an appointment. If you prefer, staff are always available at drop off and pick up times.

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Tel: 01200 423599

Greenacre Street, Clitheroe
Lancashire. BB7 1ED

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