Privett Montessori Nursery School

The school is located in between Alton and Petersfield and provides childcare for the ages of 1 to 5.



Privett Montessori Nursery

We are located between Alton and Petersfield and are committed in providing a high quality childcare between the ages of 1 to 5.

Our childcare purpose is to give:

  • Self-esteem and respect for others and their environment.
  • Confidence and independence to explore, play and learn.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and skills developed through play-based learning in a safe and nurturing home-away-from-home environment.
  • Equality and diversity of opportunity, ensuring that everyone has access to the same enriching experiences and opportunities for growth and development.

Our Nursery Offers:

  • Up to 30 hours of free Early 3-5 year old funding with opportunities for 2 year old’s and more: Funding and tax saving opportunities for parents.
  • A well-rounded Curriculum, based on the Maria Montessori philosophy, including Spanish, Music, Playball, Yoga, Maths and Literacy. 
  • Monthly focus topics and activities that encourage love for learning through play. Stay updated on our activities by reading our newsletters. 

My daughter has been so happy and settled immediately – something we have not achieved before

  • It is a stimulating environment that offers a great indoor and outdoor setting, including a large garden area with various play & learning opportunities.

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

  • Individualised care and attention to their learning experience, shared with you through a secure E-learning platform that only you can access.
Ofsted Good Childcare Provider image provided to Privett Montessori based on its Good provision following an Ofsted inspection

The setting is rated as an Outstanding childcare provided by Independent customer reviews, via Day Nurseries, Yell and Google and is rated Good by Ofsted on its last November 2022 inspection.

We offer mornings, afternoons and full day childcare sessions from 08:30 till 15:15 from Monday till Friday for children from one to five years old with more information available on  Dates & Fees

The school was founded on Montessori principles in 1988 and has functioned in the Village Hall ever since.

The school, is a very spacious and open plan.Alternative colourful Logo of Privett Montessori in bright blue and orange colours We are extremely fortunate to have a large garden area where they can play safely on the climbing frame, use bikes and play in the sandpit amongst other equipment. We, have various raised beds, specifically for the children to work in and see first-hand how flowers, fruit and vegetable grow. We take a special interest in nature and also, observe a variety of different birds visiting our garden and some have made its home in one of our nesting boxes.

Our Latest News:

Summer 2024 diverse activities

Monday, July 22nd, 2024

Diverse activities After a delightful Easter break, the children eagerly shared with us their diverse activities that they undertool during their holiday adventures. Recounting exciting Easter egg hunts and an abundance of chocolate eggs were a few examples. Their enthusiasm set a cheerful tone for the upcoming term, filled with diverse and engaging activities. Our Read More

Amazing Spring 2024 -newsletter 42

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024

Spring 2024 We have returned refreshed for the spring 2024 term after a restful Christmas break and the children have been eager to share their festive adventures. Our focus for the first few weeks has been the Arctic. The children have delved into the fascinating world of Arctic animals, learning to identify various species during Read More

Reasons and overview of positive childcare Changes for April 2024

Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Understanding the reasons and overview of the proposed UK childcare Changes impacting Parents in the UK from April 1, 2024 The UK government has proposed significant changes to childcare policies, set to come into effect from April 1, 2024. These changes aim to address various challenges faced by parents and families in accessing affordable and Read More

4. Free Funding update for 2 Year Old

Thursday, January 4th, 2024

Free Funding Happy New Year first of all! As some of you may know from April 2024, all eligible working parents of two-year-olds will have the opportunity to access FREE funding for 15 hours per week. This funding is to be used over a 38 week period in a year. We, typically are open for Read More


We provide 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 principle starting point. Our philosophy and Curriculum is based on the teaching of Dr Maria Montessori. She clearly recognised that each has a unique aptitude for learning. She moreover stressed the importance of respect for the world and its inhabitants, which we take at heart. To find out more on her approach,  please click this link

We are situated on the fringe of the village within a 1 mile radius of the A32 leading to Alresford and within 5 miles of the A3 exit towards Petersfield and Liss. The A31 is within a 6 mile radius as well, giving access to other surrounding villages, such as Four Marks, Medstead, new Alresford and Ropley. The pre-school also serves many other communities within a 10 to 15 mile radius, such as  Farringdon, East and West Tisted, Froxfield, Stroud, East and West Meon, Langrish Rampsdean and Winchester.

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 childcare with a high-quality education, also supporting the EYFS curriculum.

The school consists of 3 members of staffs. The Nursery Manager is Veronica and Deputy Manager is  Sarah. Veronica van Ingen took over the school in August 2020 and is the current principle. She has been working in Early Years education since 2007 and has multiple qualifications including a Montessori qualification from and Cervantes to teach young children in Spanish. She is multilingual, speaks English, Spanish and Dutch and also holds a Bachelor degree in Finance.

Sarah Hawkings is an experienced Early Years educator with over 24 years of experience. She spent almost 20 years as a Manager at First Steps in Hawkley, Liss, where she integrated Montessori ethics and principles into the daily routine. As our Deputy Manager and Special Needs Co-ordinator, Sarah is dedicated to ensuring every child’s unique needs are met. To deepen her theoretical knowledge, she completed additional courses at the Maria Montessori Institute. Her expertise and commitment to excellence make her an invaluable member of our team.

To read more on our quality, please press the below button:  Read More

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