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Henrietta Ussher


The Children's House

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Photograph courtesy of The Oxford Mail.


Henrietta Ussher is the Principal of The Children's House: a Montessori Nursery based in Kidlington since 1996 for children aged two to five.

Henretta says, " With over twenty years of teaching experience, many interested parents have come to me saying that they feel that their child is ready for 'a bit more' than their existing group can provide. The Montessori method offers exactly this, and we set out to fuel a child’s eagerness to learn and to channel their enthusiasm."

In this article, Henrietta introduces The Children's House and tells us something about the Montessori approach to teaching and learning.

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Our teaching method

The Children’s House Montessori Nursery has an excellent local reputation: an OFSTED inspector hailed the nursery as “the best nursery I have ever visited”.

The Montessori child is taught in a way that does not pressure the child into learning, yet encourages maximum response. The teacher will be on hand at all times to encourage, to answer questions, and to promote a harmonious environment in which to learn.

The Montessori approach looks for more than retention of knowledge by generating security, trust and independence. The Children’s House has seen over three hundred local children prepared to fit into any situation and to move on to ‘big school’ as happy and self-confident individuals.

We accept the Government Grant for three and four-year-olds and workplace voucher schemes. We also offer bursaries and discounts.

We have an excellent child-to-teacher ratio with mature, highly qualified and experienced staff.

Photograph, courtesy of The Oxford Mail.

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Please come and visit us in our lovely purpose built central Kidlington location off Benmead Road, surrounded by greenery.

Comments from some parents:

“I have used this Nursery for the last seven years. My children loved it and had very happy memories. They are also doing extremely well in school, so I think it provides a fantastic start to life”. Heidi, Kidlington.

“The Children’s House has been an excellent, beneficial and happy experience for all three of our children”. Jonathan, Bicester.

“We travel further and it is worth every penny. I would not have them anywhere else!” Kedi, Bicester.

Photograph, The Children's House.

Photograph, The Children's House.

For more details of the school and the Montessori approach contact the office on 01865 748765 or online at

We are proud that we have been an OFSTED “Outstanding” setting for the last three inspections and that we have been awarded Montessori International's highest accolade reserved for exemplory settings since 2015.

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December 2018

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