Woven Montessori Nursery to Open at Christ Church Centre

Woven – a new nursery – is getting ready to open it’s doors to Henleys children. Located at the Christ Church Centre, Woven is a Montessori nursery for children aged 1 to 5 years old.

The nursery has been founded by Aliya Chaudhri, who first qualified as an Early Years teacher 15 years ago. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings, including a private nursery and with Slough Borough Council in training for Early Stage workers.

Opening her own nursery has been a long held dream of Aliya’s. She explained, “I’ve been looking for a nursery setting for ages, for 5 years, and then lockdown happened so it went on the backburner. Then I had my little girl. Now she’s two years old and I thought actually, this is something I need to get back into because I am passionate about running my own nursery.”

The nursery will implement a Montessori approach, emphasising hands-on learning and real-world skill development over formal teaching. In this approach, children’s natural interests drive education, encouraging independence and a love for learning in a supportive environment.

Aliya is a mum of four, and has used Montessori principles in her own parenting. She said, “It’s a wonderful learning journey that we have been on together as a family, and this is something that I’m doing because I’m very passionate about it. I’m also very passionate about mental health, and qualified as a Level 2 in Counselling Skills, and will go and do my level 3 and 4 at some point. I wanted to do Counselling to be able to fully support children and make sure I’m listening to them actively, because that’s going to fully benefit them.”

The nursery will also implement the Reggio Emilia approach, which has an emphasis on arts and music. Aliya is also passionate about STEM and cooking skills, and there will be cooking lessons included in the curriculum.

Woven has two outdoor spaces. One will be a forest school for hands-on outdoor learning; second outside space is a playground with a number of outdoor resources, including an obstacle course, bikes and scooters, a roleplay area, a music area, and a climbing frame. There is also a heated outdoor shed where some of the learning will take place. Aliya noted, “The idea is to give children experiences on site, so that they don’t lose any time by travelling. Having everything on our doorstep will develop the children further.”

The nursery’s food is provided by an organisation called Crumbs, based in Reading, creating nutritionally balanced portion sizes for children.

The nursery is currently set to open on April 20th. It will be open from 9am – 4pm, with the option for early drop off at 8:45 with no charge, for 45 weeks/year. To view the nursery, or for more information, visit their website or email manager@wovennursery.com

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