Great Britain’s youngest trendsetter is at it again! Interest in the Montessori nursery schools has skyrocketed since two-year-old Prince George began attending Westacre Montessori School earlier this month.
The Royal Family has a history with the Norfolk based Montessori school system: Diana, Princess of Wales, used the method when she worked as a teacher in a Central London nursery before her marriage to Prince Charles; and Princes William and Harry began their educational careers at a Montessori school, Mrs. Mynors, in West London
Since it was announced that Prince George would be attending the famous nursery, the organisation has been inundated with interested parents wanting to know more about the system. The idea is that if it’s good enough for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it must be good for non-royal parents to consider as well.
There are roughly 700 Montessori nurseries in the United Kingdom, most of which are run independently by various organizations.
The Montessori approach is that of realizing a child’s potential using a child-centred approach. Its founder, Maria Montessori, was an Italian physician and educator, who studied children and developed her theory at the beginning of the 20th century.
The approach places “emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development,” according to its Wikipedia page.
This is not the first case of Prince George’s popularity causing trends. The little tyke’s clothes are always identified and quickly sell out, as is the case of his equally popular mother.
Of course, it also calls back to his father, Prince William, and the spike in applications to St. Andrew’s University – a rise of 44% – back in 2001, when it was announced that the Prince would attend the Scottish university after his gap year. This was called the Prince William Effect.