Kensington Palace have released photos today of Prince George attending his first day of nursery at Westacre Montessori School, Norfolk, near the royal family’s home at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate.
The Duchess of Cambridge, proud Mum and avid photographer, snapped the pictures of the Prince at the Montessori School. The photos show George looking calm and appreciating the school’s mural.
The Montessori education model is based on the teaching and research of Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, anthropologist and pedagogue. She developed the education model based on four major developmental stages: the “absorbent mind” stage 0-6 years, the “reasoning mind” stage 6-12 years, the “humanistic mind” stage 12-18 years and the adult “specialist mind” stage 18-24 years. The approach focuses on child-lead learning, independence and usually incorporates mixed aged classrooms and freedom to move in the room, rather than a strictly table-based learning system.
William’s late mother Princess Diana was an assistant at a kindergarten in Knightsbridge before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. The Knighstbridge ‘Young England Kindergarten’ where the young Lady Diana worked, followed the Montessori education model.
William and his brother Harry also attended a Montessori School at the instance of their late mother, despite previous generations of Royals having received only a private nursery education.
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live on the Sandringham Estate, it is expected that George will attend Westacre Montessori School a few mornings each week. It is unclear though where he will attend school when at their residence at Kensington Palace, London.
The little Prince, who is 2 years old, is seen here with blue backpack and coat ready for an action packed day.
The Duke and Duchess have released 2 photos to mark Prince George's first day at Westacre Montessori School nursery pic.twitter.com/a5ScewaRJ4
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