The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.

Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of Reggio Emilia's education philosophy

The Early Years at Dolphin does just this and fosters a true love of learning in each child, from enjoying languages around the world, to judo lessons and weekly copse visits within our school grounds in rural Berkshire, the children gain a real appetite for learning.


It is all about hands on experiences. Inside the warm, welcoming and colourful rooms are plentiful resources which the children independently select, work with and tidy before moving on to another project. An electrical circuit, Roman Arch, Montessori rods and pink tower, are examples of what’s on offer.

The child's progress does not depend only on his age but also on being free to look around him.

Maria Montessori 

Our Early Years department has an underlying Montessori ethos; the children are encouraged to be independent thinkers and learners, who are encouraged and challenged by the highly qualified team around them. There are termly topics, linked visits and visitors, outdoor learning, specialist teachers for PE, music and foreign languages, which all enhance the provision further. The department places a great importance on high quality, rich, communication.


Our Independent Nursery and Reception have distinct areas, yet also come together and learn much from each other – the department fosters friendship and respect. Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s learning experience and are welcome to regularly help out, for example, on trips, maths’ trails around the school and during family week. Each child is known very well by the teachers and the department is proud of the excellent personal development and progress from starting points the children make while in their care.


Jane Robinson, Head of Early Years

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