What is Pedagogy?
It is a framework for the methods, concepts and practices which create a particular educational approach. With our leadership team's wealth of experience, combined with nearly 20 years of developing young children in Stamford, TCG has created a unique pedagogy which is constantly being refined and improved.
Claire - Founder/Montessori and Early Years Consultant and Researcher
Claire has been a qualified Montessori teacher and Nursery Nurse for over twenty years. Claire's career with children began when she volunteered as an aid worker in a Romanian orphanage. Following her training she worked in, and managed several nurseries before working as a lecturer of the Montessori Method for London Montessori Centre both in the UK and Asia. Claire worked as an Early Years Consultant for London Montessori Centre until she set up TCG in 1998 in Silver Lane. Claire set up The Ark Nursery in 2006, where she also worked until early 2013. Claire studied Naturopathy and Nutrition at the London at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, and she has qualified as a Naturopath with a special interest in family nutrition for health. Claire spends most of her time researching children's health and education and bringing innovative ideas to the nursery and spent a sabbatical researching education at Bali Green School in Indonesia for several months. This amazing experience of outdoors and hands-on, nature-based learning influences much of our approach. Her research continued around Australia and New Zealand, visiting schools and educators while road-schooling her own children. She is passionate about enquiry-based learning, and bases her ethos on the fact that children are intrinsically motivated to understand the environment around them. Claire is currently studying Mindfulness and its application in early years, and acts as a consultant to the FARA charity which supports Romanian orphans and young people.
Ed - Founder/Bushcraft and Forest School Teacher
Ed has spent most of his career working on outdoor magazines such as TRAIL and Country Walking. His career has led him to spend large amounts of time outdoors and under canvas, lead treks in Europe and test mountain equipment. He is both Bushcraft and Forest School trained and a member of the Institute for Outdoors Education. Ed completed the ‘Green Educator Course’ at The Green School in Bali, Indonesia in June 2013 and he brings exceptional knowledge and experience to our Outdoor Education and Forest School. Ed is interested in the need for risk in play and encourages the children to safely explore their limits, increasing independence, self-motivation and respect. Ed is keen to educate children from a young age to recognise risk in order to keep themselves safe.
Jo - Nursery Manager
Jo has worked in childcare for the past 15 years and during that time has gained her BA in Early Years and more recently trained as a forest school leader. She is a trained Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and Jo strives to ensure that the children and families are supported to ensure all children are afforded all opportunities to achieve their full potential.
She is passionate about building relationships with the children and their families whilst respecting the role the parent/carer has as the child’s first educator.
Annabelle - Deputy Manager, Pedagogical Development Leader
Annabelle is trained as both a Nursery Nurse and Montessori Teacher. She is currently working with Claire to develop our Pedagogical approach. Annabelle’s background as a Montessori teacher enables her to spot the essential moments when children experience a period of growth in a particular area. She works with our teachers supporting thoughtful, reflective practice and planning. Annabelle is in the special position to understand the needs of both parent and child, being both a mother and childcare professional with extensive training. She brings her expertise with a calm, gentle approach which leaves all who meet her feeling reassured and relaxed (parents, staff and children!).
Christine - Lead Educator
Christine Abbott is mum to two grown up daughters (including Mrs Ward!), she is a highly experienced Nursery Nurse with a BA (Hons) in Applied Studies in Early Childhood. Christine has been with TCG since 2005. In addition to many years of working in nurseries, Christine has been an NVQ Childcare Assessor for New College Stamford, helping to train apprentices to a high standard in childcare. She is the first contact for parents, and her warmth and experience inspires confidence in parents leaving their child for the first time. Christine is an incredible mentor for our staff and has a strong commitment to Enquiry-based Learning. She has had a life-long career in Early Years.