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Montessori nursery in Blackheath
Michelle’s Montessori is based in Upwood Road in Lee, a parish that was originally part of the Blackheath hundred in Kent first recorded in the 17th century. Today Lee Railway Station is at the heart of Lee and bisects the delightful parade of shops and restaurants on Burnt Ash Road. The road runs along the perimeter of the Lee Conservation Area leading down to Manor Park Gardens and the Lee Green crossroads where the New and Old Tigers Head pubs stand opposite each other. From here you are a mile from Lewisham to the left, Eltham to the right and just a few minutes’ walk straight up Lee Road to Blackheath Village, surely the most beautiful village in South East London, and yet you are just 12 minutes on the train to London Bridge and the City from Blackheath station. Blackheath enjoys the worlds spotlight light each year as it sets the scene for the start of the London Marathon, an event which brings the whole community together, as does the annual Christmas fireworks display on Blackheath.
Michelle’s Montessori – our history
Michelle’s first experience of working with children was volunteering at her own children’s nursery in Blackheath and she subsequently studied for and passed her Montessori qualifications. Her own children have always enjoyed the unique sense of community that Lee and Blackheath bring, not just at nursery but also the wonderful clubs and activities on offer in the village including netball at Beacons, rugby and tennis at Blackheath RFC and Old Colfeians, football at Blackheath Wanderers, Stagecoach at Blackheath High and of course the wonderful array of arts activities at the Blackheath Conservatoire in the heart of Blackheath Village. Both of Michelle’s children attended Colfe’s School as did her husband Richard, whose first job was in Blackheath Village while a schoolboy working on the Deli counter at Shepherds Foods on the weekends. The Heath is a favourite for walks and exercise and can regularly boast various organised groups, the landmark pubs The Railway, Princess of Wales and Hare & Billet which have existed at Blackheath for as long as anyone can remember are both perfect venues to recover from exercise or to simply enjoy a drink with friends. Michelle and Richard, regularly walk into Blackheath Village and use the local shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Their favourites being Gail’s Bakery and the newly opened Avocado Restaurant, Handmade Food and for special occasions The Ivy. The Blackheath Village triangle, as the shopping area is known also boasts shops to meet every need from exclusive clothing to everyday food and convenience stores, their favourite being the Village Fruit and Veg shop.
Michelle’s Montessori – a great choice if you are looking for a Montessori nursery in Blackheath
The Montessori method of teaching is based on a deep respect for children as unique individuals and enables children to develop skills at their own pace. Children are free to choose, explore and enjoy learning experiences which enable them to unfold naturally, providing them with a firm foundation for future learning and life skills. The concept for Michelle’s Montessori was conceived to allow parents to choose a Montessori Education in a dedicated Montessori classroom but within the more intimate environment of a family home rather than the bigger and less personal pre-school and day-nursery environment. A classroom, with a full range of Montessori materials, has been built along the entire side of the house which has all day access to the beautiful garden. Michelle and Richard have previously set up and for nearly twenty years run Cator Park Montessori, an Ofsted Outstanding Montessori preschool in Beckenham. At Cator Park Montessori, they looked after 50 children daily which was a tremendous privilege and one they handed over to their staff in January 2020 in order to offer the same excellence in childcare but to a more intimate group of 6-9 children to the Lee and Blackheath community where they have lived for most of their lives.
We are so close to Blackheath
The recent road schemes in Lee and Blackheath have been a very hot topic and one Michelle will avoid taking sides on but if you are driving, Michelle’s Montessori is based almost next to the new Upwood Road barrier so parents can park either side to access the setting. The setting can easily be accessed from both sides of Blackheath, either from the village via Lee Road and Burnt Ash Road,(also ideal for those coming from Hither Green and Grove Park) or from the top of Blackheath coming via Kidbrooke Park Road and Sutcliffe Park.(also ideal for those coming from Kidbrooke, Mottingham and Eltham). For those leaving the car at home you can enjoy the 15 minute walk into Blackheath Village or for those less energetic buses 202 and 321 can be taken for the short bus journey to and from Blackheath.
We can feed into these schools in Blackheath
Parents can use our drive to drop off and pick up children and there is plenty of parking both off and on street, ideal if you need to catch a train into London from Lee just 2 minutes walk away. The shops/restaurants on Burnt Ash Road are even closer and we are ideally sited for dropping off and picking up siblings from Colfe’s, Brindish, St Winifreds, St Margrets, and Riverston, especially with our early morning drop off and late pick times which also make co-ordinating siblings attending Blackheath High, John Ball Primary School, Heath House, St Matthews Academy, Pointer’s and Brooklands just as easy.