Oak House Montessori Nursery, 77 Wimborne Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 4JR
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Montessori and pre-school day nursery for children aged six weeks to five years

Open 7am - 7pm Monday to Friday
51 Weeks a Year
call us on:
01702 611991
Oak House Montessori day nursery and pre-school is located in an impressive Victorian house surrounded
by beautiful grounds covering 3/4 of an acre.

'My Little House'
Montessori Pre-School

Learning to Paint at The Nursery
Our preschool group is run by fully qualified, experienced staff. They are chosen for their dedication and understanding of this age group and work hard to develop your child’s independence, confidence and knowledge in preparation for their transition into school. This age group will love the new experiences that the nursery has to offer. They are encouraged to explore their surroundings and develop their social interactions through a wide variety of activities. Daily activities are planned weekly using the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to cater for each individual’s needs and interests and to ensure that a broad range of learning opportunities for the development of all areas of learning. Our Preschool staff are always available for advice and support for every step of your child’s developmental journey.

Funding Information

All children aged 3 & 4 are entitled to UNIVERSAL FUNDING which, for the Autumn Term 2019, is: 

15 hours a week for 14 weeks this term.


13 hours a week for 16 weeks this term

This can be taken in 3 hour blocks between 9am-12pm, 1-4pm and 4-7pm

If preferred 4pm-7pm session can be split to use as

8.30am- 9am & 4pm-6.30pm (8.30-6.30)

8.00am- 9am & 4pm-6.00pm (8.00-6.00)

  • Hours outside of funded hours are charged at £7.00 per hour
  • Days outside of funded hours are charged at sessional rate (all additional activities are inclusive)
  • All meals, drinks, snacks and sundries are inclusive.


Some children are entitled to Extended Funded hours. Please see criteria:

You and your partner must be in employment (or on maternity/paternity leave or one of you is working and the other is registered as disabled or on sick leave).  You must be working the minimum of equivalent of 16 hours per week at minimum wage, and the maximum you can be earning is £100,000 per person per year.

In order to check eligibility you must go online at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and complete the online form.  You will receive an eligibility code which must be given to the setting in order to confirm your entitlement.

30 hours a week for 14 weeks this term.


26 hours a week for 16 weeks this term.

This can be taken in 3 hour blocks between 9am-12pm, 1-4pm, 4-7pm

If preferred 4pm-7pm session can be split to use as

8.30am- 9am & 4pm-6.30pm (8.30-6.30)

8.00am- 9am & 4pm-6.00pm (8.00-6.00)



(3 funded hours)

(3 funded hours)

(3 funded hours)


Montessori     £4.50

 Montessori     £4.50

Wrap-Around Care £4.50


Montessori     £4.50

Montessori      £4.50

Wrap-Around Care £4.050


Montessori     £4.50

Montessori     £4.50

Wrap-Around Care £4.50


Montessori     £4.50

Montessori      £4.50

Wrap-Around Care £4.50


EYFS              No Charge

EYFS              No Charge

Wrap-Around Care £4.50


If your child is attending a full day, i.e. 9am-4pm, there is a charge of £8 for 12-1pm which is inclusive of a hot lunch.
Should you wish to provide a healthy packed lunch, the cost is £7 for this hour.


We have our own Cook and HouseKeeper so we are able to offer meals to suit a wide range of dietary requirements.  We aim to make all meals and snacks healthy and nutritious with appropriate portion sizes for your child.

At mealtimes children sit together to enourage them to develop social skills and table manners.  The children are enouraged and supported to fed themselves and to pour their own drinks, to develop self help skills.

Montessori Menu Nursery FoodBreakfast

A choice of a selection of cereals, fruit and toast

Lunch and Dinner

Please see our menus for a selection of meals offered.


A snack bar is offered during the morning and afternoon sessions where children are offered a choice of  two snacks which they are able to self select. Snacks are varied and options include naan bread, crackers, seasonal fruit, vegetables and dip etc.

At all meal times children are offered a choice of milk and water; water is available to every child throughout the day.


Daily activities are planned weekly using the Early Years Foundation Stage framework to cater for each individual’s needs and interests and to ensure that a broad range of learning opportunities for the development of all areas of learning.

Activities are set out in an inviting way and children have access to other toys and materials so they can extend their play and develop their interests. The Montessori room offers a wide variety of numeracy, literacy, science, exploration and practical life activities. Through play your child will be introduced to colours, shapes, sorting, counting and hand control.The outside area is used as an extension of the inside and many activities are used outside such as the dressing up, role play and small world. The children have a large climbing frame, sand pit and play house as well as an area for gardening. Activities such as ball games, obstacle courses and race are planned to develop gross motor skills.  We offer our own 'Little Forest' area for outside learning.

Throughout the day staff supervise and interact with the children; promoting their learning and development whilst encouraging their independence and individual thoughts, ideas and opinions.

We believe that children benefit most from early years education and care when parents and settings work together in partnership.  Our aim is to support you as their child's primary carers by involving you in the care and education of your child.  As a setting we ensure ongoing dialogue with you to improve our knowledge of the needs of your child and to support you as a family.  We encourange you to speak with your child's key person regularly to discuss any changes in routine, concerns or any exsiting new things that your child is doing.




 Additional Daily Activities

My Montessori - My Little House to Learn

Montessori Sensorial Work Shop

The Purpose of Sensorial Work
The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the child to acquire clear, conscious, information and to be able to then make classifications in his environment. Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through his senses, the child studies his environment. Through this study, the child then begins to understand his environment. The child, to Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer”.

Through work with the sensorial materials, the child is given the keys to classifying the things around him, which leads to the child making his own experiences in his environment. Through the classification, the child is also offered the first steps in organizing his intelligence, which then leads to his adapting to his environment.

Sensorial materials were designed by Doctor Maria Montessori to help children express and classify their sensory experiences. The purpose of sensorial activities is to aid in the development of the intellectual senses of the child, which develops the ability to observe and compare with precision. There are sensorial materials that focus on visual perception, tactile impressions, auditory sense, and olfactory and taste perceptions. Activities often include matching and grading materials that isolate the sense of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

Mathematical concepts are introduced to the child using concrete sensorial materials. Initial explorations with sensorial materials encourage children to understand basic maths concepts such as learning number recognition, counting and sequencing of numbers. Sensorial work prepares the child for a more formal introduction to mathematics, and the introduction of abstract mathematical concepts such as the decimal system and mathematical operations.

Language materials are designed to enhance vocabulary and explore both written and spoken language. Through language-based activities, such as the sandpaper letters and the moveable alphabet, children learn phonetic sounds and how to compose words phonetically. They progress using concrete materials to compose their own written work, read the work of others, and learn to communicate their unique thoughts and feelings.

My World

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
At Oak House Montessori through continued access to activities and aspects linked to the Montessori curriculum of developing the senses and embracing other cultures, children will:

• find many activities to develop their senses and to find out about materials

• have many opportunities to observe and investigate nature

• find ample opportunities to construct and design

• will gain an in-depth understanding of life on planet earth
through hands-on activities about continents, elements, solar system, etc.

• learn about different cultures and beliefs through artifacts,
stories, games, music, dressing up clothes and in role play scenarios

• take part in activities to care for the environment

• are introduced to a wide range of science activities

• learn about their local area

• learn how to use information technology sensibly

• build a sense of connection to all human beings, 
and gain a sense of cosmic community

Cultural activities lead the child to experience music, stories, artwork and items from the child’s community, society and cultural background. The areas of geography, science, zoology and botany are all included in this area. A range of globes, puzzle maps and folders containing pictures from different countries all help to give the child an insight into different cultures. The culture area encourages children to develop their capacity for creation, and develop fine motor skills. Whilst learning to freely express themselves. Through cultural activities, children develop an awareness and appreciation of the world. 


My Self
Practical Life
We encourage all children to become independent and learn to do things themselves.

Practical life materials are real, everyday tools often scaled down for little hands and statures. They teach real-life skills such as sweeping, pouring, washing dishes, setting a table, or dressing. Children will instinctively imitate the everyday activities they see around them. Through practical life lessons, children develop small and large motor skills, balance, hand-eye coordination, problem solving, independence, confidence, and more. 

Why teach the exercises of practical life?

• To meet the child’s need and to encourage and facilitates development.

• To facilitates the child’s adaptation to the world.

• To develop independence.

• To develop concentration

• To develop motor skills and coordination.

• To develop self esteem, social awareness and social skills.

• To develop intelligence.

• To develop self discipline, control and order

• Self discipline – Encouraged by introducing the ‘work cycle’.

• Control – Learns the limits and possibilities of his immediate surrounding and encouraged to make decisions based on this knowledge.Order – Learns to keep the environment clean and encourages logical thinking.

• Order - Learns to keep the environment clean and encourages logical thinking.

Additional Cost - £4.50 per session, either 9am-12pm or 1-4pm. Please see timetable for exact details.

Preschool Children

 My Little Forest - My Space to Grow

"Outdoor learning the Montessori way"

We aim in our little forest garden to have an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning.

Outdoor learning the Montessori way encourages and inspires individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

By participating in engaging, motivating and achievable tasks and activities in a woodland environment each participant has an opportunity to develop intrinsic motivation, sound emotional and social skills. These, through self-awareness can be developed to reach personal potential.

Our little forest garden will aim to develop:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Regulation
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Empathy
  • Good social communication skills
  • Independence
  • A positive mental attitude, self-esteem and confidence

My Little Gym - My Room to Move

We offer 'My Little Gym' during our EYFS sessions on a Monday morning and Wednesday and Friday afternoon.

This can also be accessed everyday 4-5pm for an additional charge of £5, or by using an hour of funding.

During this time we offer physical activities with a reward system and the group will have seamless particpation with 'My Little Forest' that the children already thoroughly enjoy.



Funding is available for all 3 and 4 year olds.


Please call the office on the above number to arrange a visit and discuss availibility. 


Oak House Southend Nursery and MontessoriOak House Montessori Nursery
77 Wimborne Road
Essex SS2 4JR
Tel: 01702 611991
Email: enquiries@oakhousemontessori.co.uk