About – DeLacey Montessori School
Give your child the best start

Want the best possible start to your child’s early education?

The de Lacey Montessori School is a multi-award winning Montessori Pre-School and one of the oldest in the Borough, established in 1982. We offer your child an exceptional early years education, tailored to the individual learning needs of YOUR unique child. We offer every child;

  • Individual Montessori teaching and learning,
  • Access to ‘Forest School’ curriculum,
  • Included weekly Yoga and Multi-Sports classes,
  • Regular music and cookery classes,
  • A large, beautiful, listed building environment in which to play and learn with high quality wooden toys and resources,
  • An intimate garden and outdoor play area,
  • A comprehensive Kitchen Garden programme of growing our own food and plants,
  • A dedicated, skilled and experienced staff team,
  • An award winning senior team, dedicated to bringing you and your child the best.
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As parents ourselves, we understand how important your child is.  We know that when you leave your child for the day with us you want complete peace of mind knowing your child is safe with loving and caring staff that will treat your child as an individual.

At de Lacey’s, your child will be treated as if they were our own. They will be loved, encouraged and nurtured throughout their time with us. We always go over and above to ensure we are constantly monitoring and improving our quality of care and education to ensure your child is happy, and fulfilling their natural potential in all of their areas of development.

When we operate

Term dates 2023/24

We align our nursery year with that of local schools for your convenience.  We are open for 38 weeks of the year and will update this page with term dates as and when we know them for the following year.

*Our very popular ‘Holiday Club’ will run from our Osterley branch nursery.

The Holiday Club will close 25th December – 3rd January for Christmas shutdown, 1st – 5th April for Easter shutdown and 2 weeks in the summer holidays (dates TBC)

DeLacey Montessori Nursery

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri

All hours are term time only. Open 38 weeks a year.

Breakfast Club

9:00am – 9:30pm

£4 per day

Core Hours

9:30am – 3:30pm

What we do

for you as parents

As your child’s main educator and role model, we want you to be as much a part of your child’s educational journey at school as you are at home, so we provides lots of events and opportunities for you to get involved, including;

  • Regular updates on what your child gets up to and is learning about via our online ‘Learning Journal’ app
  • Annual ‘Christmas Show’ in which all children participate
  • Grandparent’s Afternoon
  • ‘Pop-Up’ Restaurant where your children cook you lunch
  • Children’s Art Gallery public display of work in Osterley Park, held with three other local nurseries
  • Open Evenings
  • Newsletters
  • Active Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Theatre Trip
  • Offsite Sports & Family Day
  • Parent’s First Aid course
  • World Book Day
  • Family Reading Event
  • End of year ‘Graduation’ Party/Event
Meal Time

Healthy Eating

Your child’s health is very important to us, so we pride ourselves in providing a healthy environment in which they can grow. Whilst with us your child will benefit from;

  • Nutritious, home cooked, fresh vegetarian hot meal every day cooked on site by our chef
  • Organic milk and water to drink, available all day
  • Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables at snack time each day
  • Regular kids Cookery Club sessions where children can experiment with tastes and textures
  • Our ability to meet a wide range of dietary requirements.
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What is Montessori &

why should I choose it for my child?

The Montessori method is as new and as relevant today as it was 150 years ago when it was first implemented in Italy.

For us, they key principles are;

  • Independence building,
  • Learning through experiencing and doing,
  • Individual learning,
  • Specific teaching,
  • Recognising the environment as a teacher in its own right,
  • Classrooms are mixed age.

The Montessori Method of Education, developed by Maria Montessori, is a child-centred educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Montessori’s method has been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world. The Montessori method views the child as the one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It is an approach to learning which emphasizes active learning, independence, cooperation, and learning in harmony with each child’s unique pace of development. It is an approach to education which emphasizes individuality and independence in learning.



We want children to have the best possible start to their education with us, and to have the very best of all worlds – great Montessori teaching, a beautiful and interesting environment to investigate, inside and out, and fantastic play experiences to explore and discover freely.

“It is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him feel her presence too much, so that she may always be ready to supply the desired help, but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience.”

Maria Montessori

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Policies & Procedures

It is important to us that you know how we operate at The de Lacey Montessori school, that you know what is important to us, and how we will respond to particular events and incidents.  We want to be completely open and transparent with you, so if you do not find what you are looking for here, please do just ask.  Below you will find our full policy document attached, it contains the following policies;

  • Children’s Rights and Entitlements
  • Safeguarding Child Protection
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Looked After Children
  • Missing Child
  • Attendance
  • Online Safety, including Mobile Phones & Cameras
  • Employment
  • Student Placements
  • Induction of Employees and Volunteers
  • Supervisions
  • Staff Behaviour
  • 1st Aid
  • The Role of The Key Person and Settling-In
  • Staffing
  • Administering Medicines
  • Managing Children who are Sick, Infectious, or who have Allergies
  • Recording & Reporting of Accidents and Incidents
  • Nappy Changing
  • Food and Drink
  • Food Hygiene
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Health & Safety
  • General Standards
  • Maintaining Children’s Safety and Security on the Premises
  • Staff
  • Personal Safety Including Home Visits
  • Supervision of Children on Outings and Visits
  • Risky and Challenging Play
  • Risk Assessment
  • Fire Safety & Emergency Evacuation
  • Animals in The Setting
  • No Smoking
  • Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality
  • Special Educational Needs
  • British Values & Prevent
  • Admissions
  • Parental Involvement
  • Separated Families
  • Children’s Records
  • Provider Records
  • Transfer of Records To School
  • Confidentiality & Client Access to Records
  • Information Sharing
  • Working In Partnership with Other Agencies
  • Making a Complaint.