Alternative education Montessori nursery to open in Haverhill after success in Newmarket
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A Montessori school designed with “education in mind” from the start will be the latest addition to Haverhill Research Park, if planning permission is granted.
The alternative education establishment will be for babies up to age five and operated by Suffolk-based Colourbox Montessori School.
The research park, owned by Jaynic Investments, hopes the nursery will become an important part of the site when it opens in September 2015.
Colourbox currently run a nursery in Newmarket, which has been consistently judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted since it opened 22 years ago.
Susie Norman, 57, the owner of Colourbox said: “Having a second school will allow our staff the ability to develop and grow.
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“That is one of the reasons we are opening a new school, they will be able to develop and progress.
“We have been fortunate enough to be involved with designing the building from the start with education in mind.”
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Ms Norman, a Montessori teacher of 23 years, who lives near Haverhill, said: “We give the children the right environment to learn in.
“We have a children’s committee where the children choose what they want to learn, they will say ‘we want to learn about bridges’ or the sky.
“And if they choose, you do not really have to teach them, they are so passionate.”
Computer generated images of how the 78 place nursery, on Three Counties Way, will look have been released by Frank Shaw Architects.
Nic Rumsey of Jaynic said: “We are delighted to have concluded an agreement to lease the building to Colourbox which has a respected reputation in this part of East Anglia and will provide an important and safe facility for young children in the town.
“In addition it is another major foundation stone towards making Haverhill Research Park a very sustainable working location.
“Parents will be able to drop their children off before coming to work at the park and pick them up on the way home.”
Parents interested in placing their children at the school should email email@example.com
Montessori is an educational approach developed by Italian teacher Maria Montessori.
It puts an emphasis on independence, freedom and respect for a child’s natural development.
The plans are not currently available on St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s website, but should be published shortly.