“An unsung achievement of Sylvia Pankhurst is her influence in creating one the UK’s first Montessori nurseries, the Mother’s Arms in Bow – she wanted to support mothers who were working to support the war effort with childcare, good conditions and fair pay. Many children using the nursery came from deprived backgrounds, and soon flourished as they explored ideas independently and at their own-pace. The nursery was one of the East London Suffragettes’ most successful projects staying in operation after the war ended and it’s a privilege to be drawing upon this link today.”
LEONOR STJEPIC, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF MONTESSORI ST NICHOLAS
Founded in 1954, the Montessori St Nicholas Group connects the UK Montessori community of over 700 pre-schools, nurseries and schools and 4,000 early years teachers, as well as leading charitable projects to sustain the Montessori community in the UK.
Montessori St Nicholas is pleased to be supporting the 209 Women Exhibition as part of its own centenary celebrations. Maria Montessori held her first London Montessori teacher training course a hundred years ago, just as the Suffragettes were starting to use her classroom ideas to bring children out of poverty.