Wolvercote Montessori Nursery

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OMS Wolvercote Montessori Nursery is one of North Oxford’s most established early years setting and has been serving the local community since 1993
Children attending Wolvercote often move on to local independent or maintained schools or Forest Farm - OMS’ sister school in Elsfield
The staff team at Wolvercote have been in place for many many years. It is a unique feature of the nursery school in these times of high turnover in the early years sector.

Wolvercote ‘At a Glance’

A small beautiful Montessori setting in the heart of North Oxford

Wolvercote was established in 1993.  Since the beginning the nursery has been very popular with local families.  The same staff team has been in place for many years which brings huge benefits for the children who attend. Wolvercote is part of the OMS group of Montessori Schools established in 1990. OMS operates Forest Farm School in Elsfield, here children may join nursery, primary and senior school environments and continue a progressive Montessori inspired education up to GCSE’s aged 16/17.

There are nice play spaces outside for children to enjoy at Wolvercote

Children working with Montessori materials




 The nursery is registered for 26 children. We work to ratios of 1 teacher to 8 children over 3 and 1 teacher for every 4 children under 3. Places for children under 3 are very limited so please let us know in good time if you wish to reserve a place.

Outside arts…

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The performance barn at Forest Farm Montessori Primary & Senior School



The staff team is well established.  We work to staff to pupil ratios of 1 teacher to 8 children aged 3 and above and 1 teacher to 4 children under 3. Each teacher has a group of key children to care for and observe their developmental progress. Our staff are a well qualified combination of Montessori and Early Years trained practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Our staff are extremely dedicated and caring and continually observe children’s emotional well -being, and social and learning developmental stages and adapt and prepare the environment to meet children’s continual changing needs. Our teachers are their as observers and facilitators, to guide the children, following their interests and responding to their developing curiosity and needs. The teachers carefully plan each day to create an exciting programme of activities.

What makes the environment special? 

The children's classroom is a beautiful space  The classroom has an abundance of resources that are mainly made of natural materials, such as wood. Montessori learning materials are designed so that each one has a varied and progressive teaching and learning objective; in other words they are didactic. The children make choices of how they spend their time. We have 6 areas of learning in the Montessori classroom . Each of the Montessori areas of learning work alongside the Early Years Foundation Stage areas of learning. The prime areas are important because they lay the foundations for children's success in all other areas of learning and of life: Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Physical Development. Communication and Language. We use a combination of Montessori and other materials and teaching to meet all areas of children’s development.

Special Educational needs and disabilities.

We strive to ensure that all our children feel happy and safe. Everyone is valued, respected as an individual and encouraged to persevere, striving to achieve their full potential. All children receive an education that allows equality of opportunity and fosters a love of learning. We focus on removing any barriers which impede learning.

Children at Wolvercote are actively encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and ensure that they use all resources and support available to them effectively to aid success.  Children are also encouraged to contribute their views and make informed decisions about their education.

Parents have a critical role to play in their child's education. The school will work actively in partnership with parents to provide appropriate strategies to meet the student’s educational needs and encourage parents to play an active role in the student’s education.

Come and visit? Discover why Montessori is special & how it benefits children and parents.  Learn how the method works.  Take a look at the method’s philosophical basis.  Get to know some key features of a Montessori Classroom.

Booking a place:  It is best to give us as much notice as possible. Depending on the term, spaces are limited.  Try and let us know your requirements at least a term in advance.  

Forest Farm, Wolvercote’s sister school offers parents the opportunity to continue with a progressive education through primary and senior years

Next Steps, Discover a Montessori Primary Education?

Children rise to the primary school usually between the age of 5 and 6.  However, we take a child by child approach to this transition process. The decision is taken with input from the child, teachers and of course parents

Forest Farm Primary School has three primary classes. 

There are two age groups in each class; 5-7, 7-9, 9-11. This means that because of different ages and abilities, children feel at ease working with children of similar ability regardless of age but with the added advantage of working both with older children as their role model (younger children learn so much from this) and younger children (to feel responsible for, help and support a younger child and at the same time reinforce their own learning). This promotes a non competitive approach and children are in charge of their own leaning and feel at ease without judgement.

The aim of our primary school is to expose children to the wonderful exciting world of learning and being part of a community, where children are given the space and time to develop in a non pressured environment. Every child is unique and every child needs nurturing and guiding through their learning experience with care and respect. This means that teaching needs to be differentiated to capture every style and ability of our learners.

Aspects of the curriculum is delivered through cross-curricular project work.  This allows the children to really immerse themselves in the learning experience. Topic ideas come from the children and reflect their interests which acts as a starting point for planning. Although the project work provides creative and meaningful cross-curricular links; maths, language and literacy and science are taught either in small groups or individually, depending on the needs of the child.

Learning is as hands on as possible and children take on ownership of their classrooms and know where everything they need is to be found.

Visit our Forest Farm Primary page to see more details of what the primary school has to offer. Better still, book online to come for a visit.

Forest Farm primary

Forest Farm primary