Currently, there are about 700 Montessori establishments in the UK, the majority of which can be found in the south of England. Historically, there have been fewer Montessori settings in the north of the country and as a result, the Montessori Method of education sometimes can be met with scepticism and doubt.
The introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) has created an opportunity for a new relationship between the Montessori movement in the UK and those academics, policy makers and local authority professionals involved in the care and education of young children. There are strong parallels between the themes and principles that underpin the EYFS and those that guide Montessori practice.
Drawing on the Birth to Three Matters Framework, the EYFS puts a new emphasis on children as active learners throughout the foundation stage. This new emphasis has in turn increased the attention given to the environments from which children learn. Dr Montessori was one of the earliest pioneers of educational practices based on these ideas.
Montessori Education (UK) have written a document mapping Montessori against the guidelines given in the EYFS. The purpose of this document is to highlight how the EYFS can be delivered very effectively through Montessori environments, highlighting those areas where Montessori practice has a particular contribution to offer. Each of the Themes and Principles is comprehensively addressed, including the seven areas of Learning and Development.