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Introduction

Maria Montessori was one of the pioneers of early childhood education, and has made a significant contribution to our understanding of children. Her aim was to unfold the potential of each individual child. Her pedagogy recognises that young children are active learners, needing choice and independence, whilst being guided by a sensitive teacher who facilitates their learning by preparing an environment favourable to their development. The children who benefit from these experiences grow into confident adults, keen to continue to learn and curious about life and all it has to offer, whilst being respectful and considerate. In Montessori’s view, they become the heralds of social change.