Monica Valrani is dedicated to the pursuit of educational excellence for young children. Having herself received a gold-standard education at one of the UK’s leading independent schools, Monica went on pursue a diploma and graduate with distinction in Montessori Teaching before going on to work as a Montessori directress in the emirate’s Gulf Montessori Nursery in 1997.
Ten years on and Monica became the principal of Dubai’s Tiny Home Montessori Nursery, managing its day-to-day running and overseeing the nursery’s growth. Under her guiding vision the nursery expanded its facilities to include an indoor play area complete with children’s gymnastics programme, as well as a garden planting area and Arabic and French teaching programmes.
The following year saw Monica take on her current role of CEO at the hugely popular Ladybird Nursery and subsequently oversee the merger of Tiny Home Montessori and Ladybird Nurseries. In addition to overseeing the management of the nurseries and charting out the nurseries expansion, she is responsible for ensuring that Ladybird nurseries comply with government regulations.
Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, Ladybird Nursery is one of Dubai’s leading British curriculum EYFS nurseries that operate in a Montessori environment, with Monica and her team committed to setting solid foundations for children to become happy, confident and independent lifelong learners.
28 February 2019 | 12:30 - 12:40 | English | GESS Bites: Benefits of a Montessori Education
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a method of education developed by an Italian educator Maria Montessori. It is a child centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children.
The Montessori system focuses on each child as a unique individual. The classroom is prepared with age appropriate materials by a trained teacher. The Montessori materials are didactic allowing children to self learn and explore at their own pace. The teacher acts as a guide while children work by themselves or in groups. The classroom is set up to encourage independence as all learning equipment is placed on low level shelves for children to access easily.
The beauty of a Montessori classroom is the mixed age grouping. This allows the younger children to learn from the older ones while the older children act as mentors.
5 key areas of learning
Practical Life – Develop independence, confidence, motor skill (pouring, threading, cutting)
Sensorial – Develop 5 senses (colour tablets, smelling bottles)
Language – Phonetics (sandpaper letters, alphabet boxes)
Mathematics – Numbers (addition, subtraction)
Culture – World Around Us (Geography, Zoology, Botany)
Art and Music is also part of the curriculum – At Ladybird we have a music room and an Easel in each class for expressive art