Montessori education has acquired a firm position in Dutch primary education in a relatively short span of time, and it has now become one of the most popular, innovative educational concepts in the Netherlands, with 47 Montessori child day care facilities, 160 Montessori primary schools and 19 Montessori secondary schools, spread through the country. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), one of the first women in Italy to graduate from university as a physician (in 1896), created this educational concept.
Maria Montessori discovered that children have a natural urge to learn and create. The topics children are interested in differ, and they change during their development. This means that there are long or short periods of time in which children are susceptible to learning specific skills, the so-called sensitive periods. Montessori education tries to respond to these sensitive periods, while simultaneously promoting the development of autonomy in children.
Are you curious how this educational concept is applied in daily practice in Dutch primary schools and whether it would be suited to your own child? What are the differences between Dutch Montessori schools and Dutch traditional primary schools? You can read more about this in de Keuzegids Basisonderwijs, which you can download for free on this website.