Steventon and Overton Children’s Houses are accredited Montessori nursery schools for children aged between two and a half and six years.
Both settings are situated in the centre of the rural North Hampshire villages of Steventon and Overton. Carefully designed environments are laid out within the community halls, encouraging independence and freedom of movement and choice. Every child is treated as an individual with their own unique potential which with the help of the parents we help to fulfil.
There is a happy, calm, friendly atmosphere within the Children’s Houses where the children learn life skills and prepare themselves for their future. They discover the joy of learning through hands-on experiences and exploration within a secure environment. Watering the plants, washing up, splashing in puddles, buttoning, counting beads, making up words and painting a wall can all be part of a morning for a child.
We make the most of our idyllic rural locations through daily access to a large garden ideal for parachute games, nature trials, sport, aeroplane impersonations and having fun. Visitors from the community; from musicians to policemen, and artists to dentists as well as regular outings to local farms all help the children find out about their world.
The Children’s House (Hampshire) Ltd. provide child centred environments where independence is encouraged, individuality celebrated and children are given freedom within boundaries to follow their interests. Children are prepared for tomorrow’s world through learning life skills, developing creative thinking and a love of learning as well as being encouraged to love themselves and the world around them.
"Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur" (Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)
Overton Children's House is a new school offering a wonderful Montessori environment both indoors and out. On entering there is a welcoming and friendly atmosphere and a good range of Montessori activities, ensuring there are many opportunities for children’s learning to be developed and inspired. Staff encourage freedom of choice and independence and are aware that providing further resources fosters links between the areas of the classroom.MEAB
Staff work extremely well together as a team. The staff demonstrate very good detailed knowledge of the early learning goals and child development, so enabling them to meet each child’s individual needs.Ofsted report January 2006
Thank you for providing such a happy nursery schoolA parent
InspirationalPre-school Learning Alliance representative
A parentWe have had Maia's school report back and it is fantastic, which we are really happy about, but one of the key points that came across was that despite the fact she started half way through the year, they said that she came to them with some outstanding skills in both literacy and numeracy...and I am 100% convinced that is all down to your wonderful school and teaching and the Montessori method. I am over the moon we made the decision for Maia to have that experience and all I can say is thank you to you and all the team!