Montessori Nursery School

based in Privett near Petersfield, Hampshire.


We are committed to giving your child the best care possible.


  • Knowledge, understanding and skills developed from exploration and investigation in a safe, caring environment.
  • Self esteem and respect for other children, adults and the environment.
  • Confidence and independence.
  • Equality and diversity of opportunity.

My daughter has been so happy and settled at the nursery – something we have not achieved before


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  • Up to 30 hours of free Early Years funding for 3 – 5 Year old’s and Funding opportunities for 1 and 2 Year old’s. Read more in the section Dates and Fees: Eligibility and Tax saving Opportunities.
  • A great indoor and outdoor setting with many different play and stimulating learning opportunities. Please see our gallery.
  • Well-balanced curriculum, consisting of many different aspects taught according to the philosophy of Maria Montessori, such as Spanish, Music, Playball, Yoga and first principles of Maths and Literacy.
  • Changing monthly focus topics and activities that increase and enhances children’s’ attitude towards learning through play. Read more our our activities in our monthly newsletter: News letters.
  • Individual care, attention and sharing of the learning experience with you via a safe E-learning platform.
  • Project work including off site visits and guests whose knowledge and experience will enhance children’s learning, such as musicians, farmers and doctors.
  • Holiday club during the 2021 Summer for £30 a day. Please contact us for more information.

Thank you all so much for looking after ‘A’ these last couple of years. All the girls (3) have loved being with you, but ”A” probably most of all. She considers Privett Montessori as a home from home. You have been brilliant with her.


Our Latest News:

October 2021 Newsletter

Monday, October 25th, 2021

October has been a fun packed month. We started learning about apples and we discussed some language around apples, such as sweet, sour, crunchy, peel and seeds. The helper of the day chopped up lots of apples at snack time and discovered the seeds inside. This led to a discussion about the life cycle of Read More

September 2021 Newsletter

Sunday, October 10th, 2021

September 2021 Newsletter We started September by welcoming some lovely new faces, both children and staff. We are lucky to be joined by Miss Paula for a few mornings each week. We started off setting everyone back in to the nursery routine and the children shared stories about their summer holidays. We played outside in Read More

July newsletter

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Newsletter of July 2021 Well, here we are the end of another fun packed adventurous pre-school year. We have been very busy learning about a variety of different sports. The children shared with us the sporting activities their families took part in. What a sporty bunch you are! Apparently, some are Footballers, Cricketers, Horse Riders, Read More

June 2021

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

June 2021 News Letter We started off June learning about people who help us and so, we learnt about a variety of occupations. We, discussed how some people are police officers, doctors, nurses, teachers. The children got very involved and besides explain what their parents did, also friends’ jobs of parents were brought up resulting Read More


MSAlogoPrivett Montessori Nursery School was founded on Montessori principles in 1988 and has functioned since then in Privett Village Hall. The School is situated on the fringe of the village within 3 miles of Petersfield and surrounding villages, such as Alton, Four Marks, Medstead, Farringdon, East and West Tisted, Ropley, Alresford, Froxfield, Stroud, East and West Meon, Langrish, Rampsdean and Liss. We offer morning, afternoon and full day sessions from 08:30 till 15:15 from Monday till Friday for children from two to five years old.

The School became a member of the Montessori Schools Association in 2004 and also is a member of the Early Years Alliance and is extremely passionate in providing Early Years children with a high-quality education. The school consists of 3 members of staff (Veronica, Sarah and Maike).

Veronica van Ingen, who took over the school in August 2020 is the current principle. She has been working in Early Years education since 2007 and has multiple Early Years qualifications including a Montessori qualification from Montessori Group and Cervantes to teach young children in Spanish. She is trilingual and speaks English, Spanish and Dutch and also holds a Bachelor degree in Finance.

Sarah Hawkings, is the Deputy Manager and has worked in Early Years education for over 24 years. For almost 20 years, she worked as a Nursery Manager at First Steps in Hawkley, Liss, where s Montessori ethics and principles are part of the day to day routine. Sarah is also our Special Needs Co-ordinator and also completed additional courses at the Maria Montessori Institute to deepen her theoretical knowledge.


Maike Heining, has been working at Privett Montessori for the last 5 years and is in training to become a Montessori teacher. She is a valuable bilingual (German and English) member of staff. She studied natural sciences at Cambridge, got a MSc in neuroscience and also followed a PhD in psychology. After working in “academia” for several years she decided to retain as a Montessori teacher.

The School, is spacious and open plan. We, are extremely fortunate to have a large garden area where the children can play safely on the climbing frame, bikes and in the sandpit. We, have various raised beds, specifically for the children to work in and see first-hand how flowers, fruit and vegetable grow. We also, observe a variety of different birds visiting our garden and some have made it’s home in one of our nesting boxes.

We provide the children in our care with a safe and stimulating environment where they may develop at their own pace. We, focus on what a child can do and use this as our starting point for each child. Our philosophy and curriculum is based upon the teaching of Dr Maria Montessori, who recognised each child’s unique aptitude for learning and stressed the importance of respect for the world and its inhabitants.

Since 2020, we have received a new Ofsted Registration number (2595671) to reflect the change in ownership.