About Dr Maria Montessori

Biography of Dr Maria Montessori

About Dr Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was a pioneering scientist and educator, who has inspired people globally with her genuinely universal approach to the development of the child.

One of the 20th century’s most dynamic women, Dr Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) began her career by overcoming formidable opposition to graduate as Italy’s first female doctor.

She subsequently developed ideas on childhood education that have had a profound impact on modern educational theory and practice.

The Montessori approach to education, inspires children towards a lifelong love of learning, by following their natural developmental trajectory.

Children become confident, responsible, independent learners who trust in their own abilities.

The inclusivity and positive social development facilitated by the Montessori programme forms the basis for a persistent attachment to learning and knowledge.

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What is Montessori?

Montessori is founded on the belief that children are capable of self-development and that they will reach their true potential when they are helped to find their own path in an environment that is specifically tailored to their needs at each stage of their development.

For most people, the word Montessori tends to conjure up an idea of early years education, but its scope is not limited to small children. In fact, Montessori offers an approach for life for children right through to adolescence to adulthood. It is not just about schooling; it is also an understanding of how best to foster natural development in general.

Montessori takes its name from the Italian doctor Maria Montessori who pioneered an approach to education based on her observations of children. This approach has now been active for more than a hundred years.